looking for production
Open hardware does not only mean that it’s free for anyone to tinker with it, modify it and use it, it also means that everybody is free to put it into production. Usually, you’d do that once you have made significant modifications to it, like, maybe, built an arduino like uC into a larger design.
It also means that you can take a project that has been abandoned for some reason and keep it alive. That’s what I’m trying to do here. While Neuroelec is away for reasons noone seems to know, there’s still demand for his excellent high power LED shield and thus I’m trying to not only scratch my own itch (I need a few more) but also, maybe, provide them to the others who are looking for a simple solution to drive 700mA LEDs en masse.
Thankfully, Neuroelec has made all required documentation and software available, either through his blog or through google code, this way, I think, I should have everything needed to start another small production run. My problem is: despite the fact that I’ve tinkered with electronics for many years, I’ve never actually had anything produced in even a small batch. I’ve sent out e-mails to request prices, but what I usually got was board prices, not full production prices. I’ll have to keep looking, but I’m hopeful that I can provide a number of fully populated boards no later than January.