My Bliptronics arrived today the day after ordering from Thinkgeek (one of the joys of sharing a state with them), after the earlier press they got on Create Digital Music, I was very excited to immediately take one of them to pieces.
Need to find myself a magnifying glass and look at the IC’s in use.
At forst glance it looks very promising. It’s not my dream which was 2 16 pin headers coming off the button board, one for buttons one for LED’s and all the brains in the logic board. It looks like some of the brains is pre headers, so there are only 16 of them.
But I’m sure once some bright spark has worked out what those 3 IC’s do, and what the 16 pins need to plug into, this could be a viable button pad for a 40h kit or an arduinome. It’s perfect for an arduinome, as it’s an enclosure with button pads and some extra space for pots to connect to the arduino all for $50 which is about the price I paid for my machined 40h faceplate alone.
It’s zero threat to Monome™ as it still has no competition with this, the buttons and the build are easily 10 times less – which since it’s 10 times cheaper is no surprised. It’s chinese made, rather than the Monome™’s all American local resourced ethically happy build.
I have two spares, which two lucky friends will get for Christmas, I’m hoping this can be the new button pad for my old old arduinome, I built back in the day.
More info as I get it.