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Making Videos and Some Updates

I know I haven’t posted anything in a while, which was mostly due to my being lazy however, we did also move. I should warn you now, this post will end up more as a ramble than coherent discussion. I finally placed my Sparkfun order for the remaining parts, which should allow me to finish a prototype and start development on the higher-end models. Actually, I’ve pretty much hit a mental roadblock. This relatively simple electronics project is overwhelming in every other manner, and I have yet to dedicate the amount of attention it needs. The first and most critical part of this is my learning Eagle. If I want to use the cheapest components available I’m going to have to build my own boards. One of the hardest parts about this is that I don’t know very much about PCB design and its various intricacies, AND on top of that each board has a turnaround of almost two weeks (not to mention the cost). Secondly, and probably the most difficult, is my sourcing of a case for the actual components. While RadioShack project boxes are nice for prototyping, they will hardly suffice if I actually want to make more than five. One of the reasons I’m shooting for a Kickstarter project, and a reason why this whole process has been so difficult, is because I simply don’t know how many I’ll have to make. Anything beyond 50 and I’ll probably have to outsource to some factory in China, which would be a whole other process in and of itself. I’m not going to lie, I really wish I had a mentor right now. I just want to get this project out the door so I can move on. On a side note, I’m probably going to make a video tutorial in the next few days showing people how to build their own.

In other news, I’ve started a video project with my good friend Blake Rayvid. The general idea is to go around the Manhattan waterfront taking still images which we’ll turn into a stop motion video. Is it the most exciting idea? No. But it’s definitely one of the most tedious and will hopefully make for an interesting story if not video.

That’s really all for now. I feel like I’m in some sort of daze. I’ll be posting more once I’m out of it and back on track.

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