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Jack Daniel's Independence Project Contest Entry

Date of birth: Nov 10 1984

Thank-you to Instructables and Jack Daniel's for the opportunity. This 25,000$ prize would go a long way. I would be able to buy the machinery and materials necessary to begin manufacturing the custom controllers, and most importantly, be on track to independently pursue a business I am passionate about. 

One minute is not much time to discuss the technical details, so I will include a few of them here for others who are interested in the project... 
  • Controllers are modular.
  • They support USB-MIDI.
  • Enclosure and body is currently being redesigned to be more professional and robust.
  • The current Teensy Monster supports ~23 analog inputs, ~24 digital i/o, ~8 interrupts (for encoders). Plans are to develop a number of different Teensy Monster modules with different i/o configurations.
  • The project is, and will always be, open source. 
  • All components are panel mount.
  • No programming necessary - of course the code can easily be hacked and modified - it is written using the uber friendly Arduino environment. 
  • Pricing is dynamically updated while designing the controller using the web app. 
  • Pricing depends on which Teensy Monster, enclosure type, materials, or components you choose. A fully assembled controller will also cost more than a DIY kit. 
  • Ideally, anyone can follow the documentation to assemble the kit. 
http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Framework-For-Making-Affordable-Stylish-Modula/

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kirkwoodwest11 months ago
Teensy Monster looks amazing!!! did you pull the project? what happened?
Fuzzy-Wobble (author)  kirkwoodwest11 months ago
coming VERY soon!
see teensymonster.com
jwdonnel1 year ago
Wow, just wow. If this was handled correctly it could be one hell of a business. Any recent progress on it? Can't find anything on your site or elsewhere. Thanks!
myredhotcar2 years ago
What's the x-y pad that I can see in the video above?
cchraca2 years ago
This is a great idea, and the sad part is for the past 2 months I have been researching on creating diy midi controllers for the same idea, to create a business to create custom midi controllers. I would run mine more just as a side project for customers and not rely on the income from it. I would love to talk to you about this, being that I am not the only person that has thought about creating a business revolving around this idea.
Honus2 years ago
Very cool project and great presentation- thumbs up!
angelabchua2 years ago
This is a really awesome project!

Good luck!
It would be really cool if you won the contest.
I would love to be able to just buy this, instead of having to source all the parts.
Also while similar products do already exist, none of them are either:
this modular, they are kits (usually just the PCB),
or they are limited as to the arrangement of the parts.

The few similar devices out there, the MIDI fighter (& the 3D one) are expensive at ~300USD, and while the Novation Launchpad is cheaper (~150-200USD), it's strictly MIDI,
which means you are limited on the software and also the computer.

One question though, how do you plan on charging for your device?
Having price tiers/levels? or charging by the components/pieces?
He said in the description the price would change as you add components.
He said in the description the price would change as you add components.
tghz2 years ago
that's an amazing idea man! I would definitely get one!! :)