Seeed Studio is back from holiday. Any pending orders should ship this week. Stay tuned for more new projects.
Watterott Electronic in Germany is a new Bus Pirate distributor, pick one up here. Thank you to Watterott for supporting the Bus Pirate! If you’d like to be distributor please drop us a line. Hacker Spaces get distributor pricing too.
More about Seeed Studio’s new Pick and Place machine: We don’t want to keep pushing our PCBA factory any more. All factories in Shenzhen prefers quantity to keep their machine running, so small orders will take high setup fee and unnecessary lead time. It might take only half day to assemble 100 pcs Bus Pirate but […]
MichaelZ tipped us to BatchPCB: SparkFun BatchPCB Marketplace has some interesting boards for sale. Most of them are undocumented but some have some sort link to more info. Thanks McZ! Via the forum.
Things we really love, that we think you should have too. Based on Ian’s Hack a Day comment, with additions by Jer, Vimark, and Machine Geek: Aoyue 968, the best 3-in-1 soldering station for about $100. Ian reviewed it on Hack a Day. $100 and up Proxxon TBM220/110 drill, for super clean PCB holes and […]
Tec has great things to say about Open Source Control Systems, one of our newest distributors: I got my BusPirate from Seeed and it’s great, but when I went to use it I realized I was short both grabbers and nifty colored cable to make the probes, so I went to order one online. The […]
A box of parts arrived from Mouser today. We’re not affiliated with them in any way, just sharing our excitement over a big box of parts.
Amanda gave a Toorcon talk about the about the perils of the electronics design process. The hardware design process is fraught with pitfalls, from library component sketchiness, parts availability, erroneous data sheets, underestimates of complexity and long lead times. Designing good hardware on time, on budget and to specifications is like being in a knife […]
Nathan Seidle, founder of SparkFun Electronics, spoke at the Google campus in May. Hear about the early days of SparkFun, and how they became the 800lbs gorilla of hacker hardware. Via Hacked Gadgets.
Parts! There’s gonna be solder! and hot air!
Of the three publications we initially targeted for advertising, Make was the only one that doesn’t publish their rates online. We contacted them and got a price sheet. When we opened the Make ad rate PDF in Acrobat the embedded font wouldn’t display, but despite the totally garbled text (seen above) we could already tell […]
Dangerous Prototypes has always been a word-of-mouth operation. We survive on the traffic we get when you submit our projects to your favorite blog. Over the next few months we’re going to document our experience buying advertising, and try to figure out if it makes sense for us. We’ll share real numbers about the price, […]
Our goal is to make stuff we enjoy, and offer it to like-minded hackers at a price we’d pay. We’re always looking for ways to improve the quality of our projects, but we still want to release prototypes for people who accept the risks of open source, enthusiast-designed hardware. We’ve settled on two major changes […]
Adafruit gave a presentation at Foo Camp about businesses that make money selling open source hardware. We’re ecstatic to be included in the ‘approaching a million in revenue’ category with household names like Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, Bug Labs, and DIY Drones. It went down like this… pt sent an email to a bunch of […]
In the summer of 2009 Ian Lesnet setup a Bus Pirate v2go preorder as a fundraiser for Hack a Day. It was a lot of fun, so he started Dangerous Prototypes. We’ve done one preorder project per month since September 2009. There might be readers who didn’t follow the Hack a Day preorder, so we […]