A simple, battery-powered, pocket-sized, open-source parts counter for 8-mm cut tape and partial reels

Jul 06, 2023

Your BeanCounter is On the Way!

We're pleased to announce the BeanCounters have been built, programmed, and packaged! Read the full update.

Mar 09, 2023

Compliance Adventures and a Regrettable Delay

Ship-day is approaching and we are not ready. It's a drag, but it's not for lack of trying. The major holdup has not been manufacturing, thankfully, but compliance. Read the full update.

Jan 10, 2023

PCBWay Delivers the Goods

While I was out of town for the holidays, a big box was delivered to the shop which provides a good opportunity to talk about the manufacturing plan and how things are going. Read the full update.

Dec 20, 2022

Wenext Parts Arrive

After a bit of a slow start, I've finally been able to place the big campaign fulfillment orders with our manufacturing partners. PCBWay is working on assembling 400 units worth of PCBs, which we should see at the end of the month. In the meantime, I've received the SLA-printed chassis from Wenext! Read the full update.

Sep 09, 2022

We did it!

"We did it! Now the real fun begins..." Read the full update.

Aug 31, 2022

A Very Silly Tool for Assembling BeanCounters

I've been doing a lot of plotting lately about how best to approach the final assembly steps. Read the full update.

Aug 23, 2022

OSHW Certified: Competition, Cooperation, and the Importance of Making Things

The first five panels of BeanCounters are entering assembly at PCBWay as you read this. These panels will be used to assess the build quality and make any necessary adjustments for the campaign fulfillment run. Read the full update.

Aug 11, 2022


Thanks to everyone who joined us in the past week, we're now well over 200% funded! I'm already blown away, but there are still several weeks left before the first batch of BeanCounters starts its journey through manufacturing. In the meantime, I'm shepherding the first panels of production prototypes through assembly. There is a lot that I could say about design-for-manufacture and how I'm planning to do the final assembly once the panels come in from PCBWay—and I will talk more about that in a future update—but I want to take this opportunity early in the campaign to reflect on how the BeanCounter design has evolved up to this point. Read the full update.

Aug 03, 2022

Funded in Under 24 Hours, Answers to Questions About Battery Life

Thanks to the flood of interest in BeanCounter, we were able to meet our funding goal on launch day! This means we're going to production, and I can't tell you how excited I am to find out what a box of a few hundred BeanCounters looks like. Thank you again to everyone who made this campaign successful right out of the gate. This update also describes some practical battery-life testing I've been doing recently. Read the full update.

Jul 28, 2022

Our Campaign Is Now Live!

I am very pleased to announce the official launch of BeanCounter — the tape-and-reel counter that fits in your pocket! Read the full update.

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