Weekly Update: February 25, 2017

Greetings, everyone!

As part of trying to stay more visible, I’ve decided to do a weekly update. This way, you guys can see what sort of things I’ve done, even when there’s nothing major to announce. These updates will usually be written on Friday evenings, and posted on Saturday mornings. As my previous post was only two days ago, there isn’t too much to cover this week. That said, there are some things, so let’s get going.

I mentioned that the price for the V3 was not going to remain at $15. Now that I’ve had some degree of pricing for parts, I can give a rough estimate for total retail cost. Right now, it’s sitting at $20 to $25, edging closer to $25 and possibly a little higher. I wasn’t satisfied at the price of some of the parts, so I’ve sent the company who will be making the circuit boards and assembling the devices a few others, along with guidelines on what I’m looking for, if there is a different part they have available that’s compatible. I’m waiting to hear back from them about this.

I have also begun looking into seeing what would be needed for a retail packaging box. This would make everything look a lot better – And also make shipping a lot easier. I don’t know if it would be feasible with the current budgets I have, but it’s something to look into. There’s also the potential that such packaging would push the end cost up a bit. As I only sent out the early contact things a few hours ago, I don’t expect to hear back before early next week. And that’s just the super basic stuff – It’s hard to get specifics when the device isn’t even completely designed.

And, speaking of design, I have started working on the code end of things. At this point, it’s simply exploratory stuff – Seeing how easy turning the ESP8266’s wifi is, for example (Answer: Very easy). I’m also exploring some of the concepts, such as the menu and self-shutoff methods mentioned in the previous post. I’m excited for the posibilities the ESP8266 will bring. While the Wifi will be shut off both for battery purposes and for keeping the radio frequencies clear, the potential for expanded image formats is great. Additionally, for the tinkers and fiddlers, the wifi capability provides a huge bonus. Sparkfun has a simple wifi webserver setup that allows someone to connect to the device with their phone, computer, or other device and control the ESP8266. Something like this could be great for remote control of the V3, potentially even remote upload of images.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for next week! As always, feel free to join us on Discord, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

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