The latest creation from Ian is brilliantly simple. I think this is a perfect example of KISS
I believe I now hold the record for largest Gadgeteer module
The SponsorBoard module is an idea I had for raising funds to get a set of kits funded for NashMicro (
http://nashmicro.net). The idea was to build a board that would eternally provide a spot for a sponsor logo while also being useful.
Gadgeteer Sponsor Board Testing - YouTube
The board will be used to host a FEZ Cerberus Tinker Kit and will fit inside of the box that GHI ships the kits with. By having the modules mounted on the board during a workshop there is very little chance that any of the modules will be lost or “walk off”.
The built-in LED array is itself a working Gadgeteer module based on the generous efforts of Justin’s [Ingenuity Micro] LED Level module. There is one small difference. His module has 18 LEDs and mine only has 12 LEDs. Currently, the board is using his driver but I will be creating a customized variation soon. Oh, there is also one big difference… When I was designing the board, I was referring to a picture of the LED Level module which showed it as an “X” module. Tonight, after looking more closely at a real module, I realized that it’s actually an “SY” module… I won’t be ordering a revision. I’ll call it “extra credit” for the workshop attendees that figure it out.
My goal was to get 5 kits for NashMicro and I was able to do that fairly easily. The sponsors each paid $125 which gets their logo on the board for the life of the kit and their logo on our websites for 1 year. If you have a group that needs some kits, I highly recommend this approach. It was a fairly easy sell and it ends up being a great value for the sponsor.
All schematics & [soon] the driver are available at the link below. Feel free to use them in any way you wish. Just be sure to pass along the attribution to Ingenuity Micro.
GitHub - ianlee74/GadgeteerSponsorBoard: A Gadgeteer mounting board with a built-in LED array that acts as a Gadgeteer module and is used to highlight a sponsor's logo.
The FEZ kits should arrive tomorrow. I’ll post some updated pics/videos with everything mounted this weekend.
Next… Hot air soldering stations…
EDIT: New demo video added showing kit and logo attached.
NashMicro: Gadgeteer Sponsor Boards - YouTube
Check out my inaugural post as a new MAKE blogger
(HINT: Leave comments requesting more Gadgeteer articles.)
As a MAKE blogger, I’ll be on the lookout for cool projects to write about. If you have anything big in the works, contact me and we’ll try and get something published on your launch date. Of course, one of my goals is to add a little more Gadgeteer/NETMF to the site. Go make something!
Excellent post. More of these please
Thanks for the continuous support Ian.