LoStik

by Third Venture, Inc

Open source USB LoRa® device. Get connected and take advantage of the growing IoT network.

View all updates Jul 18, 2018

Trade Wars

The campaign is already well funded and we’ve started procuring key components early. To make LoStik a success and to get it in as many hands as possible we spent a good deal of time sourcing parts from the US and China. We pre-purchased a lot of parts when it was clear the campaign was going to be successful – in part so that we could ensure quick delivery on campaign completion, but also because of the new US and Chinese trade tariffs. It’s hard to predict the effects of these trade tariffs, but the possibility of seeing a 25% cost increase for many key comments could greatly threaten the price point which have committed to for our backers. If you are interested in reading more about the potential effects of the trade war on makers, I really recommend checking out Bunnie Huang’s blog post on the topic.

On a cost related note – the enclosure we’re using is a great enclosure, but the price of machining a single quarter inch (6.5mm) hole would more than double the cost of the enclosure. Given the simple machining requirements we decided to take on this task ourselves. To do so a 3D printed jig was created and securely mounted to a table-top drill press. This method has produced great, repeatable results. I recruited one of my good friend’s kids to help out with the task. He’s excited to make a little summer cash.

We’ve spent quite a bit of time procuring the right parts, and optimizing our cost so that Third Venture can provide all of our backers with a great product that is priced well.

We’ve also been hard at work adding new code samples and improving existing ones. If you’re interested in contributing or just getting up to speed with how to interface with the LoStik, checkout our Github repository and subscribe for updates.

The first production PCBs have been delivered and we plan on starting a short-run over the next couple of weeks to work out any kinks so stay tuned for further updates.


$18,340 raised

of $390 goal

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Product Choices

$46

LoStik 915 MHz - America, Australia

One LoStik, programmed and ready to go. The 915 MHz version uses the RN2903 and is for US, Canada, South America and Australia. If you are unsure which version you need check out the frequency plan for your country.


$46

LoStik 868 MHz - Europe

One LoStik, programmed and ready to go. The 868 MHz one uses the RN2483 and is common for Europe. If you are unsure which version you need check out the frequency plan for your country.


$85

LoStik Duo 915 MHz - America, Australia

Don't own a LoRa® gateway or know if there is one in your area? You can still benefit from long range LoRa® communications in packet radio mode without the need for a gateway or the complexity of LoRaWAN. The 915 MHz version uses the RN2903 and is for US, Canada, South America and Australia. If you are unsure which version you need check out the frequency plan for your country.


$85

LoStik Duo 868 MHz - Europe

Don't own a LoRa® gateway or know if there is one in your area? You can still benefit from long range LoRa® communications in packet radio mode without the need for a gateway or the complexity of LoRaWAN. The 868 MHz one uses the RN2483 and is common for Europe. If you are unsure which version you need check out the frequency plan for your country.

Credits

Third Venture, Inc

We are a handful of crazy tech entrepreneurs who have a passion for open-source hardware and software. We've worked together for close to 10 years now and have probably had more than three ventures, but we're only counting the best ones. We're always fascinated with the uncountable ways the internet has changed and connected the world around us and continuously look toward new ways we can be a small part of this generations most exciting advancement.


Steven Osborn

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