Been quite a while. I’ve been working on getting the “behind the scenes” stuff going for the company. There sure is a lot to do to be ready to sell electronic kits and components. I can sell, but there is still some more work to do.
Instructables (www.instructables.com) recently had a contest for designing a kit. Actually, since they describe themselves as the “world’s largest show-and-tell”, the contest was to write an instructable telling how to put together a project, which was designed to be made into a kit. Well, since this is right up my alley, I wrote an instructable on building your own PDK (Pocket Development Kit.) You can find it at: http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-PDK-Pocket-Development-Kit/. This is a pretty versatile tool; you can use pretty much any controller that you wish, as long as it can have a boot-loader installed – I describe a boot-loader in my instructable.
This will be our newest product – as soon as I find a good source for “Altoids”-style containers. It looks like I have found one, I am going to try to get hold of a couple of samples to try out. If things go well with those, then I will add the PDK to our store and let you know.
With a nearly unlimited number of controllers available, many of which can be utilized in this PDK, I will need to choose which ones to supply with this kit. Right now, I am thinking of having, maybe, three or four different versions:
- A mid-range Atmel, such as the Tiny2313 (I really like that chip)
- A Parallax controller, such as the Propeller or BASIC Stamp (or maybe both)
- A higher end Atmel, configured as an Arduino (as in my instructable)
Whether you build your own, from my instructable, or wait and order one of my kits, just go ahead and build one. Like I mention in my instructable, all new products are designed on development systems that share many characteristics with this PDK, also there are some advantages to getting filthy rich. A great set of parts can be found in my Digital Interface Pack (http://zenstore.granzeier.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=6) and my Analog Interface Pack (http://zenstore.granzeier.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&Path=1&products_id=7.) These packs were both designed to provide the experimenter with the most common required parts to get up and running in no time.