And we’re back!
This week was great. Absolutely fantastic. Let’s get started.
First up, on Tuesday I received the prototype PCBs of the DigiBadge Mini. I wasted no time and assembled everything and got to testing it.
Everything worked. The first* time (*Except for me forgetting to change sketch defaults to correct pins). SD card works. Buttons work. Screen works. Flash memory works. Obviously, the ATMega works. Hell, even the card detector works, and that’s a particularly fiddly piece to solder by hand. I haven’t really begun doing much coding for it due to my day job’s work schedule this week, but I should be able to do some things with it next week. I plan on making some of the things that are common between the Mini and the Standard (Such as the Pride Flags and Badges) more compatible by removing hard coded things and having them compute sizes based off of screen size. That’ll likely take a while, though.
Throughout the week, I was communicating with my contact at the PCB manufacturer. I’ll share two bits of information that I think are exceptionally cool: First, there’s hope for a new screen for the DigiBadge Standard. It’s a little larger, at 2.4 inches, but it also may have a touch screen. And its driver chip is compatible with the ESP8266. I have been told that the screen can be acquired, but minimum quantities are still unclear. It may not work out, but it’s something.
Second, the price for purchasing and assembling the Minis is less than I expected it to be. Granted, they haven’t found a supplier for the 1.8″ screens, and I may need to put those on myself, but it’s still a better price than I was calculating. This means that I should be able to purchase more for Nightmare Nights in October.
That’s it for this week. I’ll be back with more next week – Early next week I plan on making a post detailing the costs of getting to and selling at Nightmare Nights, and what sort of things I plan on doing to raise that money. And then, of course, at the end of the week I’ll update you on the other things that happened.