Formica Workshop : FAIL
We told you that we were going to present a workshop at 26C3 and sell kits. Well, we've failed. Revising the design was a greater undertaking than we could cram into the little free time we had before the conference.
We have made a number of design improvements:
These changes necessitated a complete redesign of the PCB. Selling the robots straight away would have been too risky, so we ordered a couple of prototype boards. I've assembled them, and we are part way through the testing process.
We've been working with a couple of companies in China to establish a reliable supply of motors and batteries.
Rob and I will be at 26C3, but won't be presenting a workshop. If you see us, slap us hard across the face. After four days of this, we'll be pretty motivated to start shipping the robots as soon as possible.
Finally, I should mention that we will start by selling mostly assembled PCBs. All you'll need to do is a little soldering to attach the motors, battery and charging contacts. One day we might even do that for you.
Some rough photos:
There are more photos in my flickr stream.
Submitted by jeff on Thu, 12/24/2009 - 00:48.