EspoTek Labrador: Five Powerful Lab Instruments. One Tiny, Open Source Board

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Jun 14, 2017

Rolling onto the Production Line

The actual physical process of 2000 boards being etched and components soldered onto them has begun! You will soon have your Labrador in hand!

Shipping date is June 20. Not “mid June”, “Hopefully by the end of June” or “Q2 2017”. June 20. Addresses will be sent to the logistics company in a few days.

If you have moved or would like to change your shipping address for any reason, you may do so through your Crowd Supply account. If your account needs updating, please do so within 48 hours so that we can prepare a final order list.

Driver crashes no longer occur on Mac/Linux Logic Analyser code has been rewritten to run off of a bit-wise index; making it much faster and able to cope with the maximum possible data rate. It does not yet have an I2C/SPI decoder written for it. It almost certainly will by the time you get your board.

.deb package is ready, as well as an install script that handles all USB stuff. If you’re on Ubuntu (or practically any Debian-based Linux with udev), then it’s a two-click install. If you’re using one of the less common versions of Linux, you can always just run the executable from the tarball as a user that has R/W access to the Labrador’s USB handle. For those that like to live life on the edge, I recommend root. :)

Android is still a bit rough, but generally there and much prettier than it was in the last update. I’ll put some makeup on it once I2C is up and running.

And that’s about all that really needs to be said. Apologies for waiting until now to get this information out. There was an update planned for May 30 (about the exciting June 9th shipping date!), but there was a change of plans due to a miscommunication with the supplier. Their salesperson accidentally referred to a fairly warm transistor as a “very very hot Atmel chip”, which led to a situation where samples needed to be shipped to Australia for testing. The joys of offshore manufacturing!

Thanks for your support, as always. :)
~Chris

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$5

Support the maker movement!

You will be simultaneously helping the Labrador project and maker movement grow. For every $20 raised through the “Support Now” button, a Labrador board plus microUSB cable will be sent to an organisation promoting STEM education and/or the maker movement.


$29

Your very own Labrador!

You will receive a Labrador board, fully assembled with headers. All you need is your own microUSB cable and you’re ready to go! No soldering required.


$725

Class Set

25 fully assembled Labradors, 25 MicroUSB cables, 25 breadboards and a selection of components to get your students started: there will be resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors, op-amps, 555 timers, and LEDs! Perfect for teaching a class the fundamentals of electronics.


$2,000

101 Labradors (we ran out of Dalmatians)

A huge pack of Labradors! Perfect for universities. Comes with 101 fully assembled Labradors, 101 microUSB cables, 101 solderless breadboards, and free shipping - a savings of over 40% compared to individual units. Hand these out like candy to first-year students and then watch their interest in electrical engineering grow!

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EspoTek

A new, Aussie startup created by a new, Aussie engineering graduate. Our aim is to bring technology to the world that allows everyone to create new things. Labrador is the beginning of this.


Chris Esposito

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