Get Paid for your Hardware Projects

Looking thru all of the cool projects here, it seems like there are too many projects that took tons of effort, sitting in attics. Or they're being used by the project designer, but no-one else can benefit from the designer's hard work. A lot of people would love to try some of the projects you've come up with, but they're not sure where to start.

Here's what I'm proposing;

- I'll keep a stock of the most useful components (passives, IC's, etc). I'll also keep stock of several 'generic' project PCB's.
-You come up with a cool project using these components, Or modify a project you've already done. Once you've got it done, send me your source code / design and a Howto.
-I'll publish your projects on my site, and I'll market my site to drive hobbyists. I'll spend real money marketing it, driving traffic so that thousands of folks will visit and check out your projects.

Here's the best part; If a visitor thinks your project is cool, they can order the materials to build it. I'll take care of shipping, inventory, payment processing, etc, and I'll share the revenue with the project designer. Imagine if your hobby paid some bills instead of making them! And all you have to do is write up a 2 or 3 page 'How I did it' and share your code.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

I need to do a fair number of things on the business side, so I won't be ready to launch for 2-3 months. Before I can launch, though, I need to figure out what the inventory of components should be. There are two ways to get involved;

IF YOU HAVE A PROJECT

Go to the website and submit a brief description and a Bill of Materials (BOM). The BOM is the most important. Once I've collected enough BOM's, I'll build an initial component inventory for projects. Try to be thorough with the BOM (Everything but solder). Your project doesn't need to be done (or even started), but if you share your project now, you'll get priority listing when the site is launched.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE A PROJECT AVAILABLE

Visit the website and drop me a note. I'll collect project ideas and see if any designer are interested building it (or chase down a designer who already did).

My goal is to let other folks enjoy your awesome projects and appreciate your work. You'll also be able to make some money with your hobby, too. All feedback is appreciated!

To get you thinking, a few projects I've seen around or think people might find cool; 'IRC client in an altoids tin', Music Visualizer, C64 wiimote baseball bat, LED stock ticker, Homemade portable MP3 player, POV clock / 3d display, Guitar Hero kit, LED lighting system, 3d printer, Parking assistant, SIM card reader, Metal detector, GPS logger / tracker, Balancing Robot, Remote Camera recorder, PS/2 Keylogger... Whatever! At this point, I don't need completed projects, just an idea of what they are and the Bill of Materials.

The only way to make this project viable is to limit the inventory depth. By submitting projects now, I'll be able to build an inventory that will best support your ideas.

The website is www.gadgetgangster.com. Thanks in advance,

Nick

Xellers7 years ago
I am currently building a PLL (Phase-Locked Loop) desktop-sized Solid State Tesla Coil with possible audio modulation capabilities. Some of the parts (such as PVC pipe and enameled wire) will best be bought at a local hardware store (ie. Home Depot), can I still post this project. Also, the design and theory behind the beast are not mine, these coils have been around for quite some time now. Is this still acceptable for posting?
Gadget Gangster (author) 9 years ago
We're now accepting project submissions and Designer signups!

Just go to www.gadgetgangster.com and click on 'Share your project'. You can sign up as a designer, pick up a Designers Pack, & post your project.

The plan is to accept project submissions for 3 or 4 weeks & begin marketing to builders at the begining of November. We've booked media placements to support the launch and we'll also be showing off your projects at the SF Maker's Faire.

The site is still a W.I.P., and will be until we launch for Builders; just let me know if you have any problems, and don't be surprised if parts of the site change between now and November.

Our support forums won't be up until November, so you can send feedback straight to me (nick *at* Gadgetgangster.com) or reply to this thread.

Nick

Gadget Gangster (author) 9 years ago
Thanks! I've vetted the idea with the Parallax 'core' users (basic stamp, propeller), I'm going to present at their user group later this month. I'm still building the inventory list - the best way to help out is to drop in a project idea you have- that way, my inventory will better be able to support your ideas. There are a lot of ways to make money with your projects ; you can sell them on ebay, add a link to your website in the instructable or youtube video, etc. I hope this will be an easier way for builders / designers to make a little money for their efforts. AND an easier way for hobbyists to get the parts they need to do your project.
good idea.