SeeedStudio DSO Nano Giveaway

Tuesday, November 2 nd , 2010

It has been just a couple of weeks since we opened, and, while things could be growing faster, we are doing well. The first week we gave away $100 to sparkfun via twitter, the second week we gave away 5x development boards from ProtoStack to users who would help build documentation around them. So now, in the third week, we need something else, right? Well, we do have something else.

Ever find yourself in a situation where you need to know what the output of your microcontroller is? Or maybe you just wish you could see what your sensor is doing? Well, for this, you need an oscilloscope. Most of these are pretty bulky, and if you are like me, you don’t have much desk space. So, for people like me, I announce this week’s something else.

This week’s something else is actually 2 of something. Seeed Studio has sent us 2 of their awesome DSO nano – Pocket size digital storage oscilloscopes to give away. I have to say, these things are so much thinner than I thought they would be, and they are just insanely cool at that. But how do we give these away?… they are too cool for just a normal giveaway. Or, if we do a normal giveaway for one, we need to do something crazy for the other. Should we just give them away at random, or reward a great article in our wiki? Do we send one to someone to write a review? Reward the coolest project? You tell us.

So now it is up to you to let us know how we should determine how to give these away. Tell us what you would do for a DSO Nano (or how we should give them away) via twitter ( @bildr ) or email ( promotions@bildr.org ), and you may end up with one of these on your doorstep.

If the portable oscilloscope is not your thing, stay tuned for more promotions from Ponoko, and ogi lumen.

ProtoStack giveaways! Atmega168 Development kits

Monday, October 25 th , 2010


Image ©Protostack

A week after opening, and things are going good. We just gave away $100 to SparkFun and we are moving ahead to this week’s promotion.

The arduino is bigger than ever, and no one can deny its ease-of-use. But what happens when you find yourself needing more control or flexibility? Well, then it is time to bypass the Arduino bootloader and go right to the microcontroller. I know, I know… it sounds scary, but what if someone made a kit for getting you started?

Well that’s exactly what ProtoStack does. Protostack is a supplier of prototyping boards, development boards and electronic components. Their boards conform to a common form factor (full size and half size) which allows them to be stacked on top of each other (hence the name Protostack). Most of their products are oriented around AVR microcontrollers (same guys who make the microcontrollers on the Arduino) -It’s all aimed at people who want a bit more control and flexibility. Their site even has many AVR tutorials and is ideal for those wanting to learn about embedded systems.

Ok ok ok… Where’s the giveaway? Well… Daniel Garcia over at ProtoStack has generously put up 5 ATmega168 Development Boards to give to bildr users who are looking to step foot in the ATmega arena. All we ask is that you post anything you build with them, or just anything you find out that could help others. We love giving things away, but we also love for you give back to the community by sharing your knowledge (this is bildr afterall).

If you want a kit, and are willing to share your findings, email us at promotions@bildr.org (Sadly they have all been spoken for) and we will get one out to you!

If you are still scared of working with microcontrollers, stay tuned for more promotions from Seed StudioPonoko, and ogi lumen.

WE ARE OPEN!

Sunday, October 17 th , 2010


Image ©John Martinez Pavliga | cc-by-sa

For many people this site has been a long time coming. They have been sitting by, waiting now over a year for it to happen. But for me, it started a long time before that. I originally came up with the concept for this site about 20 months ago, when I was in my last semester of school, and have since then been hashing out every idea I could during the hours between work and sleep.

In that time, I have spent countless hours designing, coding, networking, talking, entering information, taking jobs to raise money, etc. A few months ago we went private beta to build out the site, and have had a few dozen grace us with their knowledge and help.

The site is by no means done, or feature-set. In fact, much of what I want to do hasn’t even been started. But it is time to get this thing open to the public, ready or not… I’m happy to say that’s what we are doing right now. WE ARE OPEN!!!

To celebrate the opening of bildr, we have 4 weeks of promotions going on, the first of which is $100 to SparkFun to one lucky twitter follower*, and another $100 to SparkFun for the top contributor to the wiki over the next 4 weeks!

We also have great giveaways and competition prizes coming up from Seed Studio, Protostack, Ponoko, and ogi lumen.

*For your chance to win the $100 to SparkFun, you just need to follow us on twitter and tweet: RT @bildr is finally open to the public, and I want that $100 to #sparkfun – http://t.co/sPP2iK2

You can also enter by shamelessly plugging the site in any way! Just email us at plugs@bildr.org with a link (if available) and let us know what you did.

Thank you to everyone who helped us get this far!!!

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