Getting there!

18673100_10154335305056621_6680180941583965634_oThat was the progress as of a few days ago, I’ve since finished soldering all the slo-blo LEDs and have begun work on the power switch and charge harnesses. I then need to crimp connectors on the cyclotron and slo-blo cables and while there’s still more soldering and crimping to do after that to finish 25 kits worth of parts, I’ll have enough ready to start shipping kits again by Tuesday or Wednesday I think!


If you’re thinking about ordering a kit and you don’t want to wait months for it, I suggest putting in your order soon! Most of the 25 kits I’m now assembling are already destined for loving homes, and I will likely not get any more in stock until September!

So. Much. Soldering.


Still hard at work doing final assembly on the Proton Pack kits! 25 kits worth of switches done. Now it’s on to the pots, LEDs, and vibration motors!

In other news, I’m still waiting for the bargraphs to come in, but I received a notice they shipped today, so I expect to receive them Monday.

I should resume shipping kits towards the end of next week!

Pixel 2.0 + Positron

Hey guys!

Just a quick update to let you know that most of the parts for the next batch of Positron Proton Pack kits have arrived, along with the first prototype of the Pixel 2.0!


I’m still waiting on the bargraphs for the Positron kit as well as a shipment of parts from Digikey and Mouser that includes all the switches and cables, but once I receive those in a few days I’ll begin the process of assembling them and programming the boards!


If you’ve been thinking about ordering a kit, there’s no better time than the present! I only ordered 25 kits this time around, and 15 of them have already been sold!

Fincher Technologies Proton Pack Install

Hey guys,

I thought you’d like to see an install Fincher Technologies did of of one of my Positron Kits in a mini Proton Pack (80% scale) with one of their e-cig foggers that can be automatically triggered by the Positron when venting!

And here’s some photos of the guts of the thing:

Even with a tip extension mechanism, they still managed to squeeze all the boards in, plus the vibration motor, thanks to the Positron’s extremely compact design!
They had to chop the corners off the powercell, but they still managed to squeeze it in!
The e-cig venting system seen at the bottom right in the image is comprised of an air pump, e-cig, and computer fan, and is controlled by a relay connected to expansion port 8 on the Positron!


In order to fit the strobe on the smaller acrylic tube of the 80% scale pack, the Finchers carefully shaved down the PCB. Don’t try this at home!

Work in progress!

Hey guys,

Sorry about the lack of updates recently! I’ve been super busy, shipping out hundreds of Taus, Firecrickets, and Neutrinos…


…along with dozens of Positron Kits:

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And for those kits, I’ve been soldering and crimping cables for the hundreds of LEDs, switches, potentiometers, and vibration motors needed for the first batch of 50 kits that were manufactured…

20170211_141807I’ve also been preparing my next couple Kickstarter campaigns, though most of my time has been devoted to the above so I’m a month or two behind schedule there, but I hope to launch the next one this week!

Oh, and speaking of Kickstarters, I recently released the Eagle files and schematic for the Firecricket! Those can be found on its product page.

That’s all for now, but I’ve got some cool stuff to show you from a fan that I’ll be putting in it’s own post shortly!

Positron Kits Now Shipping!

Hey guys!

Just a quick update to let you know I received the bargraphs for the Positron kits a week or so ago and I can finally begin shipping the kits in bulk!


I’ve already put several kits in the mail, and as you can see above, this past week I assembled a bunch of new cyclotron, slo-blo, and LED cables! I also wired up a ton of toggle switches, and crimped connectors onto a batch of vibration motors!

That’s all for now!

Happy Holidays!

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, as Tau and Neutrinos danced in their heads...

Hey guys!

I just wanted to let you know that Macrofab estimates they’ll be finished making repairs to the bargraphs for the Positron today, and I should have them in hand by next week!

In the meantime, I continue to assemble more LEDs, switches, and vibration motors for the kits, and last week, thanks to a few working prototype bargraphs I had on hand, I was able to put the first six kits in the mail!

Also, with the Firecrickets and Tau for my latest Kickstarter campaigns having arrived a couple weeks ago I’ve been busy shipping dozens of boards each day out to my backers!


That’s all for now. Happy holidays!

Two steps forward, two steps back…

Hey guys,

Just another update on the Positron Proton Pack kits.

I resolved the issue with reading the MicroSD cards yesterday only to encounter a new, minor issue which may delay shipment by another couple weeks.

When testing the kit, I realized that the bargraph modules had been assembled incorrectly. The LED driver chip was flipped 180 degrees, so the pins are sitting on the wrong pads.

It’s easy enough to fix… the boards just need to have some rework done on them.  But I have to ship the boards back to Macrofab to have that done, and it may take them a week to do it.

Aside from that, everything seems fine with the kits now, so once I get those boards back I’ll be able to begin shipping them out!

Proton Pack Kit Update


Hey guys,

Just another quick update on the proton pack kits.

As you can see above all the boards have now arrived from the manufacturer!

However, I’ve run into a bit of a snag.

It seems that only a third of the MicroSD cards I have on hand actually work with the kits. With the rest, the green light on the kit indicating the bootloader can’t read the card flashes steadily.

I believe the issue isn’t with the hardware or the MicroSD cards themselves, but with the firmware, and how it accesses the cards. Either way, I’ll need to hold off on the shipments until I resolve the problem.

How long will that take? I don’t know exactly, but I expect it won’t be too long. I hope to begin shipping the kits by the end of the month.

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