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What electronic Kits do you want to see? Answered

I've decided to call my company electroni-C, see more in the market place for more info on that, and I'm post this here in the Tech section cause to be quite honest nobody looks at the marketplace.

I've decided to outsource the PCBs for kits to another company cause my CNC machine is taking longer than I thought (thing after thing just keeps going wrong!)

anyways, I'm running low on cash, so I've decided to go onto phase 2 and start selling kits, but I just want to hear ideas of what people want.

examples of succesful kits:
TV-B-GONE
Boarduino
various arduino clones
mintyboost
basically everything made by ladyada, lol

in short


if you have any ideas for a kit please post.

If I decide to go with your idea I will give the idea's creator a couple of kits for free (for you and some friends to make)

BTW it can be just an idea, no schematics or anything needed.
so if you are a beginner at electronics just fire off ideas

EDIT: DEADLINE: August First

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LittleHairyApe (author)2008-07-23

How about hooking up a disposable cell phone to a deadbolt lock, so that you can call you door to lock or unlock your lock?

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-07-17

just so you know there's no winner yet, but if noone posts anything else I might have to decide on the suggested few... DEADLINE: August First

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Big Bwana (author)2008-07-11

10/100 network addressable and powered RGB, LED lights Would be killer, and they would make the neatest christmas light on the market... you could daisy chain them into a whole house TV like Deck the halls movie ..... RFID kits would be cool to ....

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guyfrom7up (author)2008-07-11

I looked into mini robots stuff, and I contacted a bunch of different websites (the motors have to be tiny and gearhead) and the pricing just wouldn't be practical. The electronic lock idea is great and all, but I don't know how to get all of the buttons easily... actually I could just use tactile switches, so the lock idea is still good mini breadboard powersupplies: not worth a custom PCB to be quite honest audio amp: good if enough people are interested Music LEDs: I'm good with this USB charger: only if people are interested POV: well, ladyada has a nice collection... lol

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Sandisk1duo (author)2008-07-09

Oh, you bet, i'll challenge LinuxH4x0r
make:
variable voltage psu(s)
7-10 WATT audio amps
audio (dancing) lights as, of course, a link
USB 4-AA charging kits

and, that's about all that i can think of atm.

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guyfrom7up (author)Sandisk1duo2008-07-09

I might make mini powersupplies, but those can be easily made out of parts from a junk box. I need a kit that make the customer think that they could just build it themselves, but then get lazy and just buy the kit (LOL) Audio amp sounds pretty good I dont really want to make a USB charger unless it has somthing special, I might dig up my lion USB idea, which basically is the size of a minty boost, but it has an insane amount of power, about 4x more batter life than a minty boost, but the PCB got so complex and squished I abandoned it... Another idea I have is wireless electricity, I'm researching heavily on this. I might make a kit for that Sound reactive leds has always been a favorite of mine and was on my list of kits I might create, I'll upload the list tomorow, as I'm typing on my iPod right now.

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Sandisk1duo (author)guyfrom7up2008-07-09

don't go with Li-ion, you have to make a charger,

wireless electricity = inefficiency + heat

minty boosts are cool, but they send out anooying frequency, (unless all the electronics are shielded)

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guyfrom7up (author)Sandisk1duo2008-07-10

I had a built in charger that could charge off USB wireless electricity with resonance is actually pretty efficient and not too much heat

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Sandisk1duo (author)guyfrom7up2008-07-10

really? did it come in a kit?

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guyfrom7up (author)Sandisk1duo2008-07-10

the lion usb kit? I could make that into a kit... eh? ehh? I designed it myself, but I'd have to redesign it to make it easier to make (before it was pure smd components)

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guyfrom7up (author)guyfrom7up2008-07-10

hmmm.... actually according to new calculations I could only get 30% more batterylife (plus it's rechargable) than a high capacity disposable AA

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Sandisk1duo (author)guyfrom7up2008-07-10

did you build the whole charging circuit yourself?

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Sandisk1duo (author)guyfrom7up2008-07-11

Um, you want to show me a schamatic? I never charge Li-ion cuz i've heard that they explode if you don't charge them right...

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guyfrom7up (author)Sandisk1duo2008-07-11

maybe later, I'd have to find it and I'm busy right now. I might come up with a simplar version later, for this one has a TON of components, but it could deliver 4 amps compared to 100mA

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-07-09

One cool one is the electronic lock. It has a keypad and it turns on a relay if you get the right code. You can use that relay to control a solenoid, motor, led, etc. I can get you one if you need one to copy off of....

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LinuxH4x0r (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-09

This is what I was thinking of http://www.electronickits.com/kit/complete/elec/vek6400.htm

Small amps (altoid amps)
STEREO fm transmitters
Small digital thermometer
VU meter
RF modulators (TV) (too complicated?)
PWM low voltage dimmers (led or small motor)
"Breathing" led
Light sensor with relay (turns on lights at night)

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LinuxH4x0r (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-10

Another thing my cousin wanted to do is make a cd full of schematics and sell them for only $10 each. Selling schematics is another $0 investment idea. Make wind turbine kits. Throw a dc motor, squirrel cage fan, led and a battery as a proof of concept wind "kit"

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zachninme (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-10

Still, people generally like schematics that are tested, especially if you're buying them ;-)

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LinuxH4x0r (author)zachninme2008-07-10

Yes, we can test them before we put them on the cd. Besides, this would be hundreds, not just one or two.

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zachninme (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-10

I'm just explaining why thats not 0-investment: you need to buy all the crap to test them out. ;-)

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LinuxH4x0r (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-10

Hey, I have a proposal for you. I'll PM it.

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guyfrom7up (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-09

nah, I need to come up with my own schematics other wise I'm copying... So far the winner is LinuxH4x0r! Will anybody challenge him?!?

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zachninme (author)guyfrom7up2008-07-09

So? Its legal, I believe her works are licenced under CC by-sa. Anyway, if you don't have money, how do you expect to start this? It requires a bit of money to start...

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guyfrom7up (author)zachninme2008-07-09

well, I have enough money to produce only one kit (but it'd be like a bunch of it, I might be able to make more than one) its just that I feel like I need to do this to... Well it was one of my goals this summer to start a business and I just feel like I need more money cause a lot of my electronics are crapping out on me, plus I feel like I need to update my stuff... The last time I bought a real electronic item was... I can't even remember, I'd say about over 6 months ago. I need financial security if you will

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LinuxH4x0r (author)guyfrom7up2008-07-09

Sheesh, 6 months ago! You must be rich! Are you interested in getting a lock? I can send you the schematics.....

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guyfrom7up (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-10

well, I've been buying a lot of homebrew electrical stuff, like ucontrollers, components, etc... just no real devices such as video games, computer software, anything

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LinuxH4x0r (author)guyfrom7up2008-07-10

The last major purchase of mine was.... *thinks*...... $15 for some nice skullcandy earbuds. Other than that was my Minolta for $10. Oh, and $5 for some nice shaded smith-wesson safety glasses. I don't spend much

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LinuxH4x0r (author)zachninme2008-07-09

I can buy the lock kit in iran for under $5usd

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Gjdj3 (author)guyfrom7up2008-07-10

I would challenge him but...

I'm planning on opening my own shop soon.

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gmoon (author)2008-07-10

What are you using for PCB design, may I ask? Eagle is great, but gets expensive after the "Eagle Light" version... (technically, you can't use the freeware version for commercial projects.)

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guyfrom7up (author)gmoon2008-07-10

ummm.... I'm using eagle... how about this? I use eagle, make the gerber files and stuff. Post them on the internet and get a friend to make them so technically they arn't using eagle. What's eagle going to do? Hunt me down?

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gmoon (author)guyfrom7up2008-07-10

You could keep your designs two-sided, smaller than 100 x 80 mm--then you could "get legal" at any time; perhaps even before you begin selling.... The "Light" version of Eagle is only $50. The cost jumps considerably for other versions, larger boards, more layers. I've used Kicad; it does work. Although I suspect it's harder find a PCB service that supports it explicitly. And there are far less components in the Kicad libraries (I found it easy enough to create my own, if necessary.)

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CameronSS (author)2008-07-10
Another Incredible CameronSS Brainstorm List:
  • Stepper motor controller.
  • Stereo amp.
  • POV something-or-other
  • MP3 player-might be a bit complicated, though.
  • Small robots
  • R/C Transmitter/receiver

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guyfrom7up (author)CameronSS2008-07-10

small robots is a good idea... care to elaborate?

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Kiteman (author)guyfrom7up2008-07-10

Brainless bug bots - have a look at Junkbots, Bugbots and Bots on Wheels by Dave Hrynkiw and Mark Tilden.

Actually, there's a fair amount of stuff in that book that could be produced as a kit.

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Kiteman (author)Kiteman2008-07-10

There are a few "starter" robots around - if you produced an easily-programmed one based around the Picaxe chip, like this Instructable, but maybe not so small for beginner solderers, I think that would sell well.

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CameronSS (author)Kiteman2008-07-10

Oh, thanks a lot, Kiteman. I was going to reply, but then you had to go and reply for me. At least you answered like I was going to.

Darned old geezer...

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guyfrom7up (author)Kiteman2008-07-10

orrr... how about a micro "arduino robot"? Basically and ardiono in a compact fashion (usb-ttl232 cable necessary to save room and cost) that has motors, H-bridges, and other stuff atached that could all be programmed like an arduino?

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westfw (author)2008-07-10

An interesting idea might be "add on" kits for an arduino. Buy an arduino, and the buy the "lock" addon that has a keypad and relay driver bit, to make a lock. Implement TV-B-GONE on arduino, and the TBG "add-on" is some drivers and IR LEDs (and buttons.) The "electronic sign" addon has some matrix displays. The "colorwash" kit some RGB LEDs and pots. The idea is that an arduino or similar plus an add-on kit (which doesn't necessarily need to be in "shield" form, although it could be) would make a "whole project" complete with ready-to-run SW, but it would be more hackable than the average "project", and the owner could break it down and re-use the arduino after he got bored, or (hopefully) stick on a cheaper arduino clone and make it a permanent device...

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zachninme (author)westfw2008-07-10

A nice one might be a hookup for those RGB buttons.

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