Crowd funding works

It's no secret that I'm Arduino crazy. And I've got (and need) a few.

One I bought from Farnell for about £17. Then I learnt how I could build my own on a bread board, and then I just finished a soldered version on protoboard yesterday.

The DIY route is cheaper... and the components probably cost me about £10, plus several hours of labour. But the cheapest and best option, was this Indiegogo "$9 Arduino". It's my first experience of putting my own, real money in some crowd-funded project, and the results are stunning:

On 26 July, I paid $22 for two Arduinos, and the promised delivery date was 20 September. The campaigned got 14x the backing planned (target $12k, actual $164 401), yes delivered on time, and increased the value to me (because of the greater backing received) by adding more goodies for free. And the kit works as expected, so I'm super impressed.

This certainly would not have happened without a really dedicated project manager Harold Timmis, and crowd funding.


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