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SplashBase Dev Kit Update

Good news, most of you fine people who pledged via KickStarter have filled in the interest form to tell us you still want one. Which has put the smile back on our faces and made our effort seem worthwhile.

The plan was to eventually setup our own online store and sell direct, we will now do that sooner and start selling to those of you that have registered an interest. We have a Paypal merchant account ready to go and have trialled a few different e-commerce platforms. We have chosen Paypal so that we don’t handle any credit card details, which requires a PCI approved infrastructure, firewalls and lots of expense.

The next step for us is to order a solder paste screen and components to cover the first run through our reflow oven. We have final working PCBs in stock the only issue with them was a last-minute silkscreen change has caused some over lapping of text on our logo, nothing a sticker can’t solve! Besides that they are working fine.

Shipping the first SplashBase’s in January is our goal and it sounds achievable.

24 Channel Servo Controller

In the Lab this week Rob and I have worked on the upcoming range of SolderBridge Add-ons for the SplashBase board. The first one ready for prototyping is a 24 channel Servo controller. It utilises the stacking connector allowing the SplashBase to control all the Servo’s over the network. It has a selectable chip select line, meaning you can have up to 5 of these attached to a single SplashBase. Creating a tower which is able to control 120 servo’s ( if you do this please show us what you are making! )

At its core is a LPC11U24 a low power cortex M0 with built-in USB. The LPC11 will handle the SPI communication to the SplashBase ( Or your own board ) and the pulse timing for the 24 servo outputs. A separate terminal block is provided to allow connection of an external 5v supply, as under load servo power consumption can be high. The USB port allows drag and drop re-programming of the SolderBridge and will also allow control via USB. This means you could use this board with out and SplashBase and control it directly from your PC. It can also double up as a general M0 USB development board and you could use the 24 pins that are broken out for any thing. NXP provide a Free IDE called LpcXpresso, it has a code size limit but that it’s limit is higher than the size of the M0’s flash.

What do you think? Like the idea? is there anything to add, let us know in the comments!

Update : PCBs Ordered and a New Product page setup here

SplashBase Development Kit

We kicked off SolderSplash Labs as a hobby at the start of the year with a blog to talk about it, the last few months we decided to get a bit more serious. We’ve incorporated and become a limited company, have a bank account sorted, invested in component stock for a small batch and purchased a large reflow oven.

But most importantly we’ve taken the feedback from the enquiries we had about the SplashLight and created an expandable development board by splitting it in two. The SplashBase is now an expandable network connected platform which we can build upon with various add-ons, called SolderBridges. The four relays now become our first SolderBridge to plug-in to the SolderBase.

SplashBase Development Board with SolderBridge

SplashBase Development Board with SolderBridge

Our First prototype SplashBase and Relay SolderBridge works well and we are ready to start building them. Our plan was initially to open an eCommerce site and start selling them one by one. But then Kickstarter finally announced their UK launch and we decided to go for it! Getting on to Kickstarter, we believe, will give us the required boost to start this business. Producing a batch of PCBs and not a few at a time is a lot more cost efficient, it will give us the needed cash flow for large volume component purchasing and help us spread out the cost of tooling for production.

Our project page and video is in the KickStarter queue and we are constantly checking our email for the go ahead. As soon as that comes in I hope you will all be there to support us!

SplashBase Project Page

Edit : Our Kickstarter is now live, click here

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