>> MICROVIEW - COOL ARDUINO THAT JUST HIT A SNAG
Even with a great product and tedious planning - this is reality that not
everything is perfect.
A few months ago a
project was launched and successfully backed with the idea of bringing
the Arduino platform to the masses without having to tier with a computer,
mobile device or add third party displays to interact with it. While successful
in funding - the team ran into a snag with a number of units shipped missing
First things first - the device looks great!
It is an Arduino compatible platform using an Atmega328P micro-controller
(same as used in the Arduino UNO) but has been shrunk down in size offering
a number of GPIO pins (analog, digital and PWM) but also incorporates an
OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode Display).
In addition to offering a simple
to interact with the OLED component they also offer a comprehensive set of
that are very simple to follow and get your first experiences with the
Arduino platform - it is a great kit for teaching students about IoT.
However the project just hit a snag - 2000+ faulty units were shipped.
The glitch was due to a change in testing procedures during manufacture
and is set to cost the team approximately $58,000 USD to manufacture
and send out replacement units to early backers. It is a hard lesson to
learn but I commend the team for doing what is right.
It would be great to see a unit with built in networking capabilities
(such as WiFi, BLE).