View Poll Results: Would you be interested in a PropController Group Buy?

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  • Yes, I'm in

    34 58.62%
  • No, not my style

    5 8.62%
  • No, I don't think I can solder the SMT parts

    2 3.45%
  • Yes, if the SMT parts were pre-soldered

    17 29.31%
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    It's the mother-in-law boards I'm worried about...
    Its always mother and daughter boards where are the father and brother boards. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DynamoBen View Post
    In my mind it would be the mainboard only.

    Which raises an interesting new question, what about the daugtherboards? There are at least 4 or 5 daugtherboards in the works thought could be done via group buys also.
    I'm certainly in for the PropController board, got my SMT practice kit ordered already. In regards to expansion modules, I'm certainly interested in your dimmer daughterboard, jstjohnz' pixel controller daughterboard, and a WizNet module. Out of curiosity, what other daughterboards are being considered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmscientist View Post
    Out of curiosity, what other daughterboards are being considered?
    Here is what I have on my "want to do" list:

    ULN2803 (servo, relay, solenoid control)
    switch input (8 channels but chain-able)
    RGB pixels (jstjohnz's work)
    DMX
    Renard/Serial
    DC motor speed (L293)
    stepper motor
    DMX addressing (not sure if this is worth doing)
    IPOD remote (I smoked a few I/O pins last time I played with this)

    Now there is nothing stopping anyone else from creating some of these and writing the code, in fact I encourage it. If no one steps up I will start plugging away based on what I need. First up for me is the input board, ULN, and RGB pixel.
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    I'm in but not sure how much time I'll have for this. There are way too many group buys going at the same time on too many forums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_hirst View Post
    I'm in but not sure how much time I'll have for this. There are way too many group buys going at the same time on too many forums.
    please name the other group buys and the other forums where they are listed
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    http://diylightanimation.com/index.php is one but there are preorders going on right now(I put those in the same catagory). I was also talking about the other pre group buy threads going on here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_hirst View Post
    http://diylightanimation.com/index.php is one but there are preorders going on right now(I put those in the same catagory). I was also talking about the other pre group buy threads going on here.
    I'm asking for two reasons, one to see if people are interested in this project and two to see if its worth the effort to do a group buy. I have to assume RJ is doing the same thing.
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    So we have just over 30 people who are interested, 10 of which would need the SMT parts soldered for them.

    I've sent the board to two developers and both made minor revisions to the board, so I think the mainboard PCB I have is now "ready" for wider use. The open items yet are largely code and additional daughterboards. I need to stress that this is a development platform and not a finished project. What that means is you must either be willing to write the code for this device yourself or find someone who will because as it stands now its mainly a piece of hardware with some drivers. As people create finished projects I'm more than happy to post them to the google project site for others to use. (there are two already up there)

    As far as getting this out to you folks I'm still trying to decide if I should do a group buy or just buy a bunch of boards and have people PM me. I'm not in a position at the moment where I can run a parts group buy but would like to get this out to the community and start seeing what people can do with it. Does anyone have have an strong opinion either way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DynamoBen View Post
    SI'm not in a position at the moment where I can run a parts group buy but would like to get this out to the community and start seeing what people can do with it. Does anyone have have an strong opinion either way?
    Ben:

    Have you done a quick analysis on how multiples would effect the price? If there aren't meaningful price breaks in the 20-25 quantities range, then there's no real point in doing a group buy, except for convenience.

    If there's a big price break (10-20 percent), then maybe that might convince someone else to run a co-op for you (can't be me -- I'm in California, land of 9.5-percent sales tax).

    HTH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcole View Post
    Have you done a quick analysis on how multiples would effect the price? If there aren't meaningful price breaks in the 20-25 quantities range, then there's no real point in doing a group buy, except for convenience.

    If there's a big price break (10-20 percent), then maybe that might convince someone else to run a co-op for you.
    I have and it really depends on who I send the boards to, how long people want to wait, and how many boards are being made. If I use my usual board house there is a $2 difference between a quantity of 5 and 20, so there is no cost advantage with them.
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