ian wrote:There will be a few factory tours, a day trip, meetup with Hackvana, and some general exploration of Shenzhen. .
Cool, I just got introduced to Mitch through this post
. I'm curious to have a closer look at Hackvana.
ian wrote:We're trying to score some custom stuff to put in the Seeed store, like a new probe cable, an own-brand soldering iron pencil or push buttons
As far as probe cables go, the kind that tech tools provides with their products aren't bad. The nice part is that one end is connector-ized for their device and the other is just standard 0.1" stack-able sockets. The clips that come with it can comfortably go down to SOIC pitch devices, but that's about it.
ian wrote:If you have any suggestions/requests please let me know. We will try to find enough stuff to ship back a pallet worth to the fulfillment company, just to say we did.
How about some lit push buttons as well, this type of thing might become popular for hobbyists if they're priced right - everyone likes blinky things ;-). Not knowing what all Seeed offers, maybe try for some other prototyping tools as well: SMD tweezers, magnification of some kind. What about some DP branded poster tack for holding the PCB while you solder ;-)