Posts Tagged ‘3d printing’

Anet A8 DIY 3D Printer Could Be a Worthwhile First 3D Printer for $156

November 3rd, 2016 21 comments

You probably have wished getting started with 3D printer, as I did, but you may have been put off with the high cost associated with 3D printers even the cheaper ones for several hundred dollars, especially if you are unsure whether you’re going to use it often. But there’s now a very affordable 3D printer kit based on Prusa i3 printer that sells on GearBest for $155.99 + shipping (around $30) with DesktopGB coupon.

cheap-3d-printer-anet-a8Anet A8 3D printer specifications:

  • Print Area: 220 x 220 x 240mm
  • Print speed – 100 mm/s
  • Nozzle diameter – 0.4 mm
  • Layer thickness – 0.1 – 0.3 mm
  • XY-axis positioning accuracy – 0.012 mm
  • Z-axis positioning accuracy – 0.004 mm
  • Supported materials – ABS, PLA, TPU, Luminescent, Nylon PVA, PP, Wood???
  • Material diameter – 1.75mm
  • Frame material – Acrylic plate
  • Platform board: Aluminum Base
  • 2004 LCD screen for configuration
  • SD card for offline print
  • Supported file formats – G-code, OBJ, STL
  • Voltage: 12V
  • Weight – 8.5 kg
  • Dimensions – 3D printer: 510 x 400 x 415 mm; Package: 520x350x220 mm
  • Operating Temperature Range – 10 to 30 C
  • Certification – EMC,FCC,LVD,RoHs

The manufacturer recommends Cura or Repetier-Host software for Windows, Linux, or Mac OS to work with the printer. It’s a kit, so you’d need to assemble it, and it should take around a day, although Tulio Laanen, who is experienced with 3D printers and has reviewed Anet A8 in the video below, managed to do it in 4 to 5 hours.

Overall he was surprised by how well the printer worked considering the price, but he also printed some parts to improve the printer, and the provided filament roll. You’ll also find 3D files for Anet A8 spare part on thingiverse. I have a bunch a development boards without case,  so such printer might be an interesting addition, especially it’s likely to become popular as for less than $200 shipped, it’s cheap and appears to work reasonably well.

Categories: Hardware, Video Tags: 3d printing, anet, review

Learn the Basics of Humanoid Robots with InMoov Finger Starter Kit

August 22nd, 2016 2 comments

In a not so distant future, most humans will live off their government provided basic income, relaxing and drinking their robot brewed, drone delivered beer or soda, opened and served by their humanoid robot maid. Well, maybe… In the meantime, it might be interesting to learn how to make humanoid robots such as InMoov, but since it’s quite complicated, it might be better to start small… with a single finger.


That’s exactly what InMoov Finger Starter Kit offers you to do in order to understand the basics principles of the complete robot. The kit includes:

  • 1x 3D printed base support in ABS
  • 3D printed finger parts in ABS
  • 1 meter braided 200 LB tendon
  • 1x 5cm filament for peg/pin use to assemble finger joints
  • 1x wheel horn adapter (Servo Pulley)
  • 4x screws to fix the servo to the base support.

You’ll also need to provide your own Arduino Uno (or Leonardo or Duelaminove..) board, and servo such as HK15298 or the cheaper MG995. More details and assembly instructions are explained on the kit’s tutorial page. Once assembly is complete, you can run a simple sketch to see the finger moving, or a more advanced one to control it with your voice. It can also be interfaced with muscle or ultrasound sensors.

If you already own a 3D printer, you could also print them yourself. Once you can confident enough, you could move to the next stage, and build the complete InMoov open source robot shown in the video below.

The starter kit was actually showcased in 2013, but I’ve only come across the kit via Tindie, where it is sold for $37. You can also buy it directly from InMoov website for 34 Euros.

$99 OLO 3D Printer Works with Your Smartphone (Crowdfunding)

March 29th, 2016 11 comments

3D printers for the home usually cost between few hundred dollars to several thousands depending on the model, but OLO 3D Inc. has created a $99 3D printer that prints objects using your smartphone screen and photopolymers (aka daylight resins) that harden with light.

The printer itself is divided into two main zones: the bottom printing chamber where you’ll pour the liquid resin, and the top with the motor and four AA batteries that power the device.

You’ll first need to install OLO 3D Android or iOS app in your phone, load a 3D object either from a library, created with 3D software, or scanned with apps such as Autodesk 123D Catch, set your phone in airplane mode with WiFi disabled, connect it to the power adapter, place it in a bed at the bottom of OLO printer, and tap on print. Now place the printer bed and printing chamber, and pour your selected resin that comes in various colors, and hard or flexible material type, and finally place the top cover in order to start printing. You’ll need to be patient as it takes about 46 minutes to print a 1 cm object, and close to 2 hours for a one inch object using an iPhone 6. Accuracy and speed will depend on your phone resolution, brightness and contrast. Once the print is completed, you can clean it up with warm water, and you may want to leave it cure under sunlight. You can put the remaining resin back into the bottle. The resin bottles will actually be black, as the resin must be protected from ambient light.

OLO 3D printer works with phones with dimensions up to 82 x 62x  x 10mm, and prints objects as large as 76mm x 128mm x 52mm.

The Kickstarter camnpaign went viral, and with 22 days to go, OLO has raised 1.3 million dollars blasting through the $80,000 funding target. OLO 3D printer can now be had for $99 with a white resin bottle. A bottle of resin will typical cost around $15, and printing a small object cost around $1 in resin. Since Kickstarter is limited to one pledge, you’ll be able to order more resin on BackerKit later on. Shipping adds $29 to most countries, except for some reasons (likely a mistake) to some countries such as Brazil, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia. Delivery is scheduled for September 2016 to the US, and October 2016 to the rest of the world.

Via Liliputing

ZeroPi is an Arduino & Raspberry Pi Compatible Motor Control Board (Crowdfunding)

October 6th, 2015 4 comments

Pi boards keep on coming… As soon as I finished writing about Roseapple Pi board, yet another one popped out on my twitter feed… But that one is of a different kind, as it won’t run Linux, but instead the board is powered by an Atmel SAMD21 Cortex M0+ micro-controller, and can support lots of electric motors including up to 11 micro servos and 8 DC motors – or 4 stepper motors – simultaneously.

ZeroPiZeroPi board specifications:

  • MCU – Atmel SAMD21J18 ARM Cortex M0+ @ 48 MHz with 32 SRAM and 256KB flash
  • I/O pins via 33-pin header, 4-pin temperature sensor, and 10-pin Raspberry Pi header
    • 35 GPIOs
    • 4x 12-bit ADC channels
    • 1x 10-bit DAC
    • 2x UART
    • 2-channel temperature sensor interface
    • DC current per I/O pin- 7mA
  • DC / Stepper Motor control – 4x 4-channel SLOT interface compatible with common parts such as DRV8825 or A4988 Stepper motor driver and TB6612 DC motor driver
  • USB – Micro USB port for programming and debugging, and maybe for power too? (TBC)
  • Misc – 1x 2-channel MOS driver output for example used for a 3D printer’s extruder heater and fan, SWD interface
  • Power Supply – 5V via power jack
  • Operating voltage – 3.3V
  • Dimensions – 73×61 mm

The board also features M4 holes to make it compatible with Makeblock parts, as well as one M3 hole to attach it to a Raspberry Pi board.

ZeroPi_Motor_Control_BoardThe board is compatible with Arduino Zero, and can easily be programmed with the Arduino IDE 1.6.5 or greater. It can also be used as an HAT Board for Raspberry Pi to add more powerful features such as a web server or camera for monitoring your project. and is suitable for 3D printers, CNC machines, and various types of robots. Marlin and Repetier firmwares for 3D Printer, FreeRTOS, and sample code for motor control & CNC, as well as some documentation are already available on Github.

The presentation video gives a good overview of what is possible with the board.

The project has recently launched on Kickstarter where the company aimed to raise a mere $5,000, but so far they’ve well gone pass the target having raised $15,000. Rewards start at $19 (Early bird) for the ZeroPi board, but you’d need to provide your own micro servos or drivers + motors, so if you want to get started quickly and easily, you’ll probably want a kit with motors and drivers and that starts at $123 with one ZeroPi board, one Debugger, two DC motor drivers, four DC motors, two stepper motor drivers and two stepper motors. Free shipping is included to all countries, and delivery is scheduled for December 2015.

Via ARM Community

Freaks3D is a Low Cost Portable 3D Printer (Crowdfunding)

July 31st, 2015 8 comments

ElecFreaks is a design house based in Shenzhen that caters to makers and startups, and started selling Arduino shields and accessories, as well as  Raspberry Pi add-on boards, before moving to robotics kits, 3D printers, and other tools in demand by electronics hobbyists. The company has now designed Freaks3D portable 3D printer, and launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund production.

Freaks3DFreaks3D printer specifications:

  • Technology – Fused Deposition Modeling
  • Build Volume – 130 x 150 x 100 mm (LxWxH)
  • Nozzle Size – Standard 400 microns
  • Resolution – Layer: 100 microns; XY: 50 microns
  • Filament diameter – 1.75mm
  • Filament Material – PLA or TPU
  • 3D Files Transfer – USB via PC, or SD card
  • Misc – LCD Display, one button operation, printing bed does not require heating
  • Power Supply – 12V / 8A power adapter, or 12V / 5A power bank (Not included)
  • Dimensions –  290 x 320 x 325 mm
  • Weight – 2.945 kg

The company recommends Cura or Repetier Host software, available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X,  work with the printer which supports stl, obj and G-Code files.

They also compared Freaks3D to the more expensive, but in many ways similar, Replicator Mini and Ultimaker2 Go compact 3D printers.

Freaks3D_vs_Ultimaker_vs_Replicator_MiniThey left out some details being more favorable to the other two models like WiFi connectivity and on-board camera to monitor printing progress in the Replicator Mini, but on paper at least Freaks3D appears to be a fairly capable printer for the price.

You can also watch a 15-second video to see the printer in action, with close ups on the object being printer, and LCD display.

With 16 days to go, the campaign has been successful so far with about $114,000 raised from 400 backers. The cheapest reward is $299 for the printer kit to be assembled and a 8GB SD card, but if you prefer an assembled unit and 3D filament, you’ll need to pledge $399. Delivery is scheduled for August 2015, with free shipping (by boat) to the US and Europe [Update: There seems to be confusion with shipping as backers from some countries in Europe are asked to pay $30 to $40], and to other countries you’ll need to contact Elecfreak to find out how much you need to pay for shipping.

I got clarification for shipping:

For the Freaks3D fully assembled, shipping to the US and Europe costs 40 usd/unit; For the Freaks3D kit form, shipping to the US and Europe costs 30 usd/unit. Customers in other areas of the world, we will contact them later after the campaign closes to charge the shipping cost because at the current stage, we’re picking up the most affordable and best forwarders for the 3D printers, and some customers ask for air shipping while others prefer cargos.

If you’d rather not order through Indiegogo, Freaks3D printer is also up for pre-order on ElecFreaks website (The $599 price tag shown is not the final one…). There’s also a very similar model called Creality CR-7 selling for $220 + shipping on Focalprice.

Gesto is a Wearable Gesture Motion Solution for Makers (Crowdfunding)

July 5th, 2015 No comments

A while ago I wrote about an open source prosthetic arm controlled by signals generated by your arm’s muscles. It used an Arduino board, a bio-feedback shield by Olimex, and inMoov Hand for the arm and hand. It worked, but lacked accuracy. Gesto is a solution based on boards powered by Atmel MCUs that looks somewhat similar, but with higher accuracy (over 100 gestures have been tested), and the project has now been launched on Crowdsupply.

Two kits are available:

  • Gesto Stella Gesto Stella
    • EMG circuit – ADS1294
    • MCU – Atmel ATmega1284p
    • 2x EMG cables connector
    • Through holes with GND, PWR, MOSI, MISO, CLK and SC
    • Dimensions – 35 x 20 mm
    • Includes 16 disposable electrodes and relevant cables
  • Gesto Caelum
    • EMG circuit – ADS1294
    • MCU – Atmel ATmega1284p
    • Sensors – 3-axis accelerometer (MMA8652FC)
    • Connectivity – Bluetooth (RN42-HID)
    • 2x EMG cables connector
    • USB – Micro USB connector
    • Programming – ICSP connector
    • Power – Battery connector
    • Dimensions – 40 x 40 mm
    • The kit also includes 8 reusable dry electrodes with cables, a 3.7V rechargeable battery, a micro-USB cable for recharging, and an elastomeric band. The smartphone setup app and a 3D model for a modular band will also be provided.
Gesto Caelum

Gesto Caelum

Gesto Stella is designed to interface to other boards such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi boards, and sends raw muscle data via its SPI interface. Gesto Caelum is more of a standalone, ready-to go solution, as it integrates Bluetooth communication, so you can simply configure the gestures in your Android or iOS smartphone to get started right away.

Prosthesic arm controlled with Gesto

Prosthesic arm controlled with Gesto

Gesto can handle three types of gestures: singular gestures (static), air drawing gestures, and directional gestures (rotations, up and down, etc…). The technology making sense of the muscle raw data is called “DualBurst” which combines muscle patterns and motion patterns for better accuracy. I assume motion patterns are not available with Stella, but only with Caelum. An SDK, smartphone apps, and 3D printer file (for arm band) will be provided.

Gesto Stella costs $99, and Gesto Caelum $149, with delivery scheduled for March 2016. Shipping is free to the US, and $15 to the rest of the world.

Blacksmith Genesis is an Affordable 3-in-1 3D Printer, Scanner, and Copier

February 20th, 2015 2 comments

Multifunction printers have been commonplace for many years, and allow you to print, scan, or copy any document with or without your computer, but when it comes to 3D is a little more complicated. First, it’s usually quite harder to design a 3D object than typing some text into a word processor, although 3D objects online database like thingiverse do help. If you want to copy a 3D object, you may have to buy a 3D scanner such as MakerBot Digitizer, and a 3D printer such as Makerbot Replicator 2 which takes space and costs about $3,000 in total. Multifunction 3D printer are slowly coming to market with for example AIO Robotics Zeus which recently shipped to backers, and is now available for $2,500. An other option is Singapore made BlackSmith Genesis, a compact multifunction 3D printer that can print, scan, and copy objects based on a rotary design, that successfully completed a crowdfunding  campaign last year, and is now taking pre-orders for $2,200 + $150 shipping max for June 2015 delivery.

3D_CopierBlackSmith Genesis technical specifications:

  • Printing
    • Technology – Fused deposition modeling with rotary platform
    • Build volume  – 6648 cm3 (23 cm diameter / 16 cm height)
    • Layer resolution – 50-200 microns
    • Filament – PLA 1.75mm diameter
    • Nozzle diameter – 0.4mm
    • Print file type – .STL, .OBJ
  • Scanning
    • Technology – Laser triangulation
    • Scan volume – 5542 cm3 (21cm diameter / 16 cm height)
    • Scan speed – About 6 minutes
    • Steps per rotation – 1,200 steps
    • Camera – 3.1MP CMOS Image Sensor
    • Exported file type – .STL, .OBJ
  • Interfaces – USB, SD card, and Wi-Fi (WiP)
  • Power Supply – 100-240W / 50-60Hz / 100W
  • Dimensions – 35 x 25 x 41 cm
  • Weight – 11 kg (Indiegogo), but they’ve now reduced the weight to 6kg

The printer-scanner is controlled via a web-based software bundle called Blacksmith Sorcerer. The camera for the scanner can also be used to remotely monitor the printing progress via your smartphone or tablet. The video below demonstrate the main features of the printer.

Via EETAsia

Categories: Hardware Tags: 3d printing

Crowdfunding Report for 2014 on CNX Software Blog

January 5th, 2015 4 comments

Following up on my 2013 Crowdfunding Report, I’ve gone through all 55 Kickstarter and Indiegogo crowdunding projects featured on CNX Software between December 2013 and November 2014 (inclusive) to see how well they fared.


The table below sort projects chronologically as they were published on this very blog.

Date Project Crowdfunding Site Funded?
Pledged amount / Goal
Expected Delivery Actual Delivery Comments
2. Dec. 2013 Micro Python Kickstarter Yes
97,803 GBP / 15,000 GBP
03/2014 04/2014 Available @
5. Dec. 2013 Plugaway Kickstarter Yes
$162,835 AUD / $50,000 AUD
04/2014 People upset because of lack of updates. Project might be dead, and backers lost their money
6. Dec. 2013 AIRTAME Indiegogo Yes
$1,268,332 / $160,000
05/2014 12/2014 People have started received the beta versions, after a massive 8-month delay
7. Dec. 2013 Crystal Board Kickstarter No
$14,574 / $200,000
04/2014 The project appears to be dead
10. Dec. 2013 Smart Power Strip Kickstarter Yes
$109,012 / $100,00
04/2014 People are really upset, because of delays, and especially lack of updates, or incorrect update (e.g. “shipping soon”. Now shipping is schedule now until April 2015
11. Dec. 2013 Iteaduino Lite Indiegogo Yes
$14,778 / $2,000
01/2014 01/2014 Being an Arduino clone, it just works as expected, based on user’s feedback
11. Dec. 2013 Pivotheat SMART Indiegogo Yes
$159,613 / $100,000
06/2014 Shipping is now expected by January. People are disappointed by delays and lack of updates
13. Dec. 2013 LOGi Board Kickstarter Yes
$114,126 / $6,900
04/2014 05/2014 You can get the board @
21. Dec. 2013 NavSpark Indiegogo Yes
$63,735 / $27,000
03/2014 05/2014 Updates still done after shipping. No specific complains from users. NavSpark community setup @
17. Jan. 2014 Yacy Kickstarter Yes
$17,451 / $10,000
04/2014 06/2014
19. Jan. 2014 ICE xPC Indiegogo No
$10,734 / $300,000
07/2014 Flexible campaign, but people have been refunded
11. Feb. 2014 Keepod Unite Indiegogo Yes
$40,801 / $38,000
04/2014 05/2014 You can now give and/or get Keepod on
13. Feb. 2014 Webee Boss Indiegogo Yes
$73,373 / $50,000
04/2014 12/2014 8 months delay
14. Feb. 2014 Fin Ring Indiegogo Yes
$202,547 / $100,000
09/2014 Fin is now scheduled for May 2015, or 8 months delay!
19. Mar. 2014 MicroView Kickstarter Yes
$573,760 / $25,000
09/2014 08/2014 One month early? Too bad the first shipping lacked the bootloader…, and the returns are still being handled
21. Mar. 2014 USB2Go Kickstarter No
$13,963 / $50,000
10/2014 Website sill up:, not clear if the project is still alive
25. Mar. 2014 Rufus Cuff Indiegogo Yes
$359,463 / $200,000
04/2015 WIP, and updates are frequent
15. Apr. 2014 Digispark Pro Kickstarter Yes
$103,569 / $10,000
07/2014 09/2014 Shipping has taken place over 4 months (September to December). The board is now available @
22. Apr. 2014 ButtonDuino Indiegogo No
$1,226 / $4,500
08/2014 It can be pre-ordered @ with shipping Late January 2015.
23. Apr. 2014 MotherBone PiOne Kickstarter No
$4,270 / $60,000
08/2014 It might be available @
30. Apr. 2014 Arduissimo Indiegogo No
5,031 Euros / 29,600 Euros
11/2014 Another indiegogo campaign is in progress:
30. Apr. 2014 Dimple NFC Sticker Indiegogo Yes
$87,098 / $43,000
08/2014 People are losing patience, especially as update are not forthcoming
9. May. 2014 ANTVR Kickstarter Yes
$260,834 / $200,000
09/2014 12/2014 Three months delay
22. May. 2014 VoCore Indiegogo Yes
$116,194 / $6,000
09/2014 11/2014 The module can now be purchased on Vocore website:
30. May. 2014 WifiDuino Indiegogo No
$12,710 / $23,000
10/2014 The project has been cancelled
30. May. 2014 AsiaRF AWM002 Indiegogo Yes
$7,386 / $6,000
07/2014 08/2014 Many people complain about the lack of documentation. I also got one module, and It was not clear I needed to provide power with 3 different voltages when I backed the project.
2. Jun. 2014 miniSpartan6+ Kickstarter Yes
$80,897 / $7,500
08/2014 12/2014 Four months delay
5. Jun. 2014 EzeeCube Indiegogo Yes
$146,666 / $75,000
12/2014 Shipping is now expected by February
12. Jun. 2014 Soap Router Indiegogo Yes
$261,318 / $42,500
02/2015 Shipping expected for January 2015 in the latest update.
However, they changed the product specs, and some people are upset
13. Jun. 2014 Console OS Kickstarter Yes
$79,497 / $50,000
12/2014 12/2014 Beta version release
14. Jun. 2014 Papilio DUO Kickstarter Yes
$62,707 / $30,000
12/2014 Delivery scheduled for January
28. Jun. 2014 Amptek Icon Kickstarter No
$3,626 CAD / $55,000 CAD
10/2014 Icon board can be purchased @
17. Jul. 2014 MicroNFCBoard Kickstarter Yes
20,885 GBP / 20,000 GBP
10/2014 01/2015 Shipping scheduled for 8 Jan 2015
24. Jul. 2014 Immedia Blink Kickstarter Yes
$1,069,386 / $200,000
29. Jul. 2014 TouchPico Indiegogo Yes
$869,827 / $55,000
10/2014 Doing FCC/CE certification now
2. Aug. 2014 VolksPC Indiegogo No
$1,519 / $80,000
10/2014 It’s unclear whether the project will go forward independently
11. Aug. 2014 Atomwear Kickstarter Yes
$13,740 CAD / $12,000 CAD
11/2014 12/2014
13. Aug. 2014 Squink Kickstarter Yes
$100,380 / $100,00
20. Aug. 2014 Raspberry Pi Slice Kickstarter Yes
227,480 GBP / 90,000 GBP
11/2014 01/2015
20. Aug. 2014 STACK Box Kickstarter Yes
$87,500 / $65,000
12/2014 12/2014
25. Aug. 2014 RPISoC Kickstarter No
$14,323 / $20,000
01/2015 The project is still going on outside Kickstarter →
1. Sep. 2014 xWiFi Wi-Fi Module Indiegogo Yes
$12,649 / $4,500
11/2014 12/2014 Some people complain it did not work out of the box
15. Sep. 2014 Com1 Android Wear Watch Indiegogo No
$?? / $ ??
01/2015 Project taken down following Google request
16. Sep. 2014 WeIO IoT Board Indiegogo Yes
$37,437 / $10,000
11/2014 01/2015 Should ship this month
Can be pre-ordered @ with shipping scheduled for February 2015
19. Sep. 2014 MOD DUO Kickstarter Yes
$82,781 / $65,000
30. Sep. 2014 MicroDuino JoyPad Kickstarter Yes
$27,007 / $20,000
11/2014 11/2014 On time, but some people are still waiting for their package.
1. Oct. 2014 MatchStick Kickstarter Yes
$470,310 / $100,000
02/2015 Developers unit have shipped to backers in November 2014. I expect them to keep their schedule promise
7. Oct. 2014 TinyScreen Kickstarter Yes
$128,813 / $15,000
01/2015 Shipping still scheduled for January, or February
9. Oct. 2014 The Egg Kickstarter No
$18,489 / $500,000
12/2014 A new Kickstarter campaign is planned in January 2015
29. Oct. 2014 Zero+ IoT Wi-Fi Board Indiegogo No
$624 / $25,000
6. Nov. 2014 Maker Club 3D Printed Robots Indiegogo Yes
12,018 GBP / 10,000 GBP
14. Nov. 2014 Xped DeB Kickstarter Yes
$29,288 AUD / $18,5474 AUD
19. Nov. 2014 DWA8 Wi-Fi Module Indiegogo No
$465 / $5,000
N/A Available on Taobao
20. Nov. 2014 Jolla Tablet Indiegogo Yes
$1,824,055 / $380,000
25. Nov. 2014 Imp Computer Indiegogo No
$12,092 / $100,000

Hall of Shame

Last year, it was clear FocusWill Coolship project was a disaster, and the project owner clearly did not deliver the goods and kept silent. This year, I could not find project that I’m 100% sure failed with money being lost, but at least Plugaway Wi-Fi smart sockets could be a project where backers lost their money. The sockets were supposed to be delivered in March 2014, but nothing so far, and the last update in November is only about the API, nothing about delivery despite backers complains.

AFAICS, nobody lost money with Com1 Android Wear smartwatch, but they should have known better, as Google asked Indiegogo to take the project down, because only Google partners can develop and manufacture Android Wear devices.

Stats and Projects Delays

Out of the 55 campaigns, 15 project failed to reached their funding targets. Most projects without a successful crowdfunding still carried out, with 4 to 6 projects completely dead. That means 72% of projects got funded via crowdfunding, 90% of projects get manufactured (assuming the ones still under development will succeed). AIRTAME got the most funding with over $1,200,000 raised, but has not been so successful in terms of product delivery with 8 months delay.

Many projects are delayed, but Smart Socket Strip may take the delay crown, with a massive 1-year delay for the project, and backers upset of the constant postponing (or lies) about delivery dates. Fin Ring is also pretty bad, as the September 2014 promised delivery is now expected to occur on May 2015.

Hall of Fame

This year several project managed to deliver working products on time, although sometimes shipping was have taken place over a few months.

  • IteaDuino Lite Arduino clone was delivered right on schedule just a year ago.
  • MicroDuino JoyPads were delivered on November 2014 as promised
  • The first version of Console OS Android operating system for PC was released on December 2014.
  • STACK Box Home Automation / IoT Gateway were sent in December 2014. There aren’t many feedback for now, as most people are still waiting for delivery, or have just received their device.

Many other projects shipped with just one month delay, and still got good user feedback, and an active community around them, such as Micro Python, LOGi boar, VoCore Wi-Fi module, NavSpark. MicroView was also on schedule, and even slightly ahead of schedule, but unfortunately, Sparkfun shipped several boards without bootloaders, and they are still handling the returns.

That’s all for today. If you’ve had good or bad crowd-funding experiences, feel free to share them in the comments section.