The Arduino community just continues to grow and grow, with Printoo being the latest compatible platform. The Arduino hardware and software is truly free as in freedom and allows commercial use of its circuit designs and associated software. As a result, great complementary developments such as the Printoo are free to explore variations of the Arduino platform where may have not been feasible being proprietary.
Creating and developing your own electronics project is challenging enough, but then trying to fit in a suitable enclosure can be even more challenging. The Printoo modules are super low profile, allowing you to keep the project closer to the size you want. With it being flexible too, you can squeeze into spaces that you couldn’t with a standard Arduino board, also with the advantage of bending the electronics with the contours of your design.
When I first saw Printoo on Kickstarter it wasn’t clear whether the circuit designs would be released under a free and open source licence, so I took it upon myself to engage Printoo in conversation and ask. They kindly and promtly responded to confirm they will be realising all their designs under Open Source Hardware compatible licence. They have since added a FAQ at the bottom for all to see. I would recommend all you free culture advocates out there to ask project makers to not only be free and open source, but also to display it clearly, loudly & proudly.
There are already 17 different components (as below) to make your project do what you want. This is clearly just the start and lots more modules will be developed, by both Printoo and the open hardware community 🙂
- Core Module with ATmega328 Microcontroller
- 8 Segment Display Driver
- Battery Connector with Switch
- Coin Battery Holder
- Light, Temp & 3-axis sensor
- DC Motor Driver
- Solar Cell Connector
- Capacitive Sensing Keys
- 8 x 8 Red LED Matrix
- Conductive Ink Adapter
- Bluetooth 4.0 Module
- Electrochromomic Display
- Enfucell Soft Battery
- ISORG Slider with 6 Organic Photodetectors
- 60mW Solar Cell
- Flexible LED Strip
Watch the below video and support this open source project… 🙂