During my recent trip to Dallas, TX, my friends at Texas Instruments were nice enough to arrange a meeting for me with Clint Cooley and Bob Smith at CircuitCo. CircuitCo is a contract manufacturer, who happens to be the company that manufactures TI’s ARM-basedBeagle boards.
The main focus of my visit was discussing how best for a prototyping and manufacturing company like CircuitCo to interact with the online community. There have been an increasing number of open source or amateur electronics projects that have managed to find a market large enough to overwhelm the original design’s ability to build it. CircuitCo is the perfect type of company to go to once you realize that trying to build a couple thousand of your widget on your kitchen table really sucks; they have a small scale RPM plant at their main location in Richardson, TX, but have additional manufacturing capacity outside of the United States. In addition to their manufacturing capabilities, they also offer engineering services, so even if your design isn’t quite ready to be manufactured yet, they can probably help you out.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.