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liuzengqiang

Finding the right market is also crucial. Like GoForSmoke said, provide the right package and carefree operation. That's worth value added, not just the hardware, which is cheap.
Serial LCD keypad panel,phi_prompt user interface library,SDI-12 USB Adapter

pert

The price must have just come down from about $4. Now it is $2
Maybe related to the MicroChip buyout. I'm glad I didn't notice the price go up, I would have been stressed out. I bought 25 with a digikey order before that happened and haven't needed any since.

Anyway, most makers aren't going to compete with spar-dafruit.
I wouldn't recommend trying to compete, rather emulate what they're doing right (documentation, libraries, customer support, branding) but with products they don't sell.

This is what I do now:
I do like the look of a board with no modules, though I don't know why I have that hang-up. However, I'm also a big fan of through hole because it's so much more accessible so the board with modules has a significant advantage. They can order the kit and it probably won't take much over an hour to assemble even for someone with only a little prior experience with a soldering iron! In that way the second seems even more "open" to me. Of course some will be happy to pay you extra for the assembled device too. If you can provide this at a lower cost by using the modules that's great. Even though your shipping cost will be higher than what a Chinese seller would pay, it's not so bad as trying to compete on a single module sale since it's divided among a handful of modules and the extra shipping cost is well worth it to a US buyer anxious to get their new toy soon.

GoForSmoke

Maybe related to the MicroChip buyout. I'm glad I didn't notice the price go up,
It didn't for all sources unless it happened before 2012. Blame Obama.
Nick Gammon on multitasking Arduinos:
1) http://gammon.com.au/blink
2) http://gammon.com.au/serial
3) http://gammon.com.au/interrupts

pert

Yep, it must have been Obama trying to take away my 42nd amendment right to bear microcontrollers.

GoForSmoke

If we can't blame Obama then we might start seeing what's really going on.

 
Nick Gammon on multitasking Arduinos:
1) http://gammon.com.au/blink
2) http://gammon.com.au/serial
3) http://gammon.com.au/interrupts

pert

You're right, I see it now. It was the Russians!

GoForSmoke

Or just a few thousand internationals playing the rest of the world off on each other.
Nick Gammon on multitasking Arduinos:
1) http://gammon.com.au/blink
2) http://gammon.com.au/serial
3) http://gammon.com.au/interrupts

Robin2

Looks like the OP made a $million after his Original Post and does not need our help anymore :)

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

GoForSmoke

Or got bored with fishing here.
Nick Gammon on multitasking Arduinos:
1) http://gammon.com.au/blink
2) http://gammon.com.au/serial
3) http://gammon.com.au/interrupts

birddog

Or got bored with fishing here.
I like your thinking, it is just about good BASS fishing weather again, maybe I can make my millions adapting Arduino to that somehow....

here fishy fishy fishy......

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Delta_G

If it works, then that Nano probably costs at most a quarter of the cost of a good store-bought lure. 
If at first you don't succeed, up - home - sudo - enter.

larryd



Going to have to try a Nano next time I go fishing.

Wouldn't the flashing LED 13 be illegal?


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No technical PMs.
The last thing you did is where you should start looking.

ChrisTenone

...here fishy fishy fishy......

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I thought only AVRs were good for this application. Something about register orthogonality makes the PIC chips poor lures.
Wubba lubba dub dub!

Robin2

makes the PIC chips poor lures.
Well they did not manage to lure the Arduino founders away from Atmel chips.

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

ChrisTenone

Well they did not manage to lure the Arduino founders away from Atmel chips.

...R
Both AVR and PIC serve the education and hobby markets. The hobby market is dominated by AVR, while education splits them about evenly: microprocessor courses taught in computer science or business departments most often use PIC. STEM and physics programs tend toward AVR, while engineering can go either way. ... or neither.

Banzi and the other's choice of AVR is rooted in history and is unlikely to ever change to PIC, solely due to the product manufacturer's merger, or the machine architecture. All the growth seems to be 'vertically', away from 8 bit processors. Hobby and education markets will hold on to 8 bit processors for a long time. My money is on AVR to be the last chip standing, but who knows the future plans of Microchip for the two, "competing" product lines?


Fish are attracted to a more organic lure though.
AVR - particularly Arduino - has that, right?

Wubba lubba dub dub!

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