Blip

by Electronut Labs

A Nordic nRF52840 dev board with sensors, NFC, Bluetooth, and debugger

View all updates Sep 30, 2019

Brief History of Blip's Development

It’s been a great week for the campaign, we’ve reached the 74% funded mark!

Long before we decided to do a crowdfunding campaign for manufacturing Blip, we have been been using Blip in a lot of our own internal projects, and to do prototyping for our embedded consulting clients.

We were doing many things with it which may not come up in the documentation, for example we were experimenting with Thread networks. Blip works well as a NCP (Network co-processor) using code from OpenThread, that we attached to a Raspberry pi to create a Thread network in the office to play around with.

Zephyr is another thing we had been looking at for various reasons at the time, so we made sure all features of the board work with Zephyr (and that it was convenient to use). We made multiple contributions as PRs for drivers, west, samples, bug fixes, and bug reports to Zephyr along the way.

Once we did decide to do a crowdfunding campaign, we saw the value in adding support to other platforms to make them easy to use for people. The first thing we wanted to add support for was Arduino. The original nrf52 core maintained by Sandeep Mistry, of which we are also users and made some small contributions to (Bluey and hackaBLE), did not support nRF52840, because of a different version of softdevice. Adafruit however had a fork of this core, and are maintaining it for their nRF52840 boards, so we forked that and added support for the onboard debugger and made sure everything works.

There were a number of other hardware features that we wanted to give Blip to make it on par with other official development boards. In terms of board usability, we want Blip to be able to run at really low power, and support current measurement, and just like the official board, and also like our Bumpy debugger, to be able to program and debug other boards using Blip.


$2,243 raised

of $2,000 goal

112% Funded!

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$55

Blip - Early Delivery

A Blip from our first production run, available to ship at the end of the campaign.


$55

Blip

One Blip board.


$24

Blip E-paper Shield

One E-paper Shield - Blip not included.


$26

Blipboy Gaming Shield

One Blipboy Gaming Shield - Blip not included.


$99

Blip Kit

All three boards: Blip + Blip E-paper Shield + Blipboy Gaming Shield.

Credits

Electronut Labs

Electronut Labs started as a blog on Electronics and Programming. After a long career in the software industry, Mahesh Venkitachalam wanted to return to his childhood interest in building electronic gadgets. The projects and articles in the blog gained in popularity, culminating in a book with elements of programming and hardware (Python Playground, No Starch Press).


Vaishali Pathak

Sivaprakash S

Mahesh Venkitachalam

Ajay Meena

Arun Yadav

Hema Mahesh

Tavish Naruka


Digi-Key

Component provider

Mouser Electronics

Component provider

Raytac

Component provider

Elecrow

Manufacturer

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