SimplyTronics will be attending the Official Propeller Conference in Rocklin, CA on Saturday, May 4, 2013.
We will make a short presentation about SimplyTronics Contract Manufacturing Services at around 2:15 PM.
We’re introducing a versatile yet low-cost GPS product, the ST-00058, VPN1513 GPS Receiver. In this case we developed a carrier board for the VPN1513 GPS which is a surface mount GPS sensor. We didn’t just soldered it to a carrier board, but we also added a header for easy access, an improved GPS antenna connector and high-performance voltage regulator and backup battery.
The unit is ready to use as soon is connected to an antenna, power and a microcontroller. At this point we suggest using the Propeller and Arduino microcontrollers. We uploaded Propeller sample code and we’re getting close to release Arduino sample code soon.
We need to remark that this is a GPS board that delivers raw NMEA data strings and it doesn’t have an on-board microcontroller or co-processor to handle that signal. We’re working on a Smart GPS module that will do exactly that, but this unit provides only direct access to the GPS chip, with SiRF chipset.
For specifications and product information you can visit the product page:
The product is compatible with the ST-00060, External GPS Antenna with SMA Connector:
And you can also buy both parts together as part ST-00061, VPN1513 GPS Receiver with Antenna:
We are looking forward to starting 2013, a year that is looking very promising for SimplyTronics. We will have new products being released in January and we’re working hard on new designs that we will be presenting in March-April.
Before we can start 2013 fully energized, we will have some holiday time off!
While providing contract manufacturing services SimplyTronics only needed to stay in contact with a limited amount of people, mostly customers placing orders or requesting quotes.
As we design and sell more SimplyTronics branded product and even incursion in retail sales, we need to increase the communication channels with customers. We should be able to let customers know about the products we’re selling or any promotions we present from time to time but we also would like customers to have a voice in the product design process.
If we publicly announce specs of products we’re designing, customers will be able to request or suggest improvements or changes to the design so the future product could fulfill their needs.
For this reason we opened YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts and we’re making some improvements to the website to allow customers to “like” or promote website pages via their social media services.
These are the links to our current accounts:
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Simplytronics
YouTube Videos: http://www.youtube.com/SimplyTronics
While we work in the business/accounting system backbone for our eCommerce site, we decided to start selling or re-selling some products through eBay.
At this point we’re only re-selling kits or popular products that customers are searching for in eBay. Our core products will be for sale only through retailers and distributors for now.
Once our eCommerce site is up and running we will be selling not only the popular kits but also the parts we used to make the kits.
After many hours (months actually) of work in the design and development of supporting material and sample code, we’re pleased to announce that the 8×8 RGB LED Matrix Display Module is now available online.
For more information and downloads, please visit this product page.
You can order this product from Parallax as stock code #32324 here.
SimplyTronics visited the 2012 Open Hardware Summit (OHS) In New York to gather information about the current status for the Open Hardware movement.
SimplyTronics is interested in developing a sustainable business model that fits Open Hardware in different ways:
Even though SimplyTronics is looking forward to jump into Open Hardware, we want to make sure to do it in a sustainable way. As a business, we need to pay salaries, consulting fees and plenty of taxes to go around, so we are defining the business model that can engage Open Hardware and stay involved for the long run.
During the OHS we heard about many of the advantages of Open Hardware. The most talked about one was how openness pushes technology forward (because Open Hardware designs are public and can be used by anyone to start a new and improved design that will be also released and made public). But we also heard about how the bigger Open Hardware operations had to make some adjustments while growing their business to make sure they can retain and pay for the talent they need to keep hired.
To remain competitive, they need to have staff that can continue improving the product and the product sales should cover for those salaries. In some cases they have to adjust their operations and go “Closed Hardware” for some sections of their designs, which caused some unhappiness with some contributors that had participated (for free) in the original Open Hardware development of the product and were now being left out, without access to the final design files of the released product. The fact that the free contributions were going to be used for generating profit was not taken as bad as the fact that the final files were not going to be shared back to the community.
SimplyTronics’ goal is to define a very clear and sustainable Open Hardware business model up front that doesn’t need to be adjusted as operations grow, preventing any frustration and misunderstandings.
We will be in contact with the Open Source Hardware Association and will try to support this Non-profit entity as much as possible. We are looking forward to OHS 2013 and we will see then how far SimplyTronics was able to get involved in Open Source Hardware.
We recently had the priviledge of participating in a series of events in Guatemala, thanks to the invitation from SmartCubo Latin America.
Aristides Alvarez made a presentation in the international semminar Robotics in Education with a diverse audience. SimplyTronics was able to make connections and gain insight about the hardware needs for the Latin American market. We will be working with SmartCubo in developing/manufacturing kits and competitions that would allow the introduction of Robotics in thousands of schools in Latin America.
We’re just getting started with this website and moving in some content online. Please check different pages to get some information about who we are and which services we provide.
Just in case we didn’t publish the information you are looking for yet, please contact us and we will get back to you quickly.