No, this is picture not a negative: it's the new IOIO-OTG from SeeedStudio!
- It's black.
- It's selling for $30, including male and female headers and a USB-OTG cable.
Otherwise it's exactly the same.
Since I set out to develop the IOIO-OTG I had a goal of making the end-user price be $30. For various reasons that didn't quite work out on the first attempt, but I kept pursuing this goal, with the belief that this is the right price for it. I got strong recommendations on SeeedStudio from Shenzhen, China and soon contacted them with an offer. I was not disappointed! They were very enthusiastic to collaborate and very professional. Working together with them, I closely inspected their manufacturing and testing procedures and I'm happy to report that the quality of their boards meets my highest standards, and I feel that they are very serious and committed to quality and user happiness.
We decided to make it black in order to differentiate it from the existing boards and get people's attention. I also personally love the way it came out looking.
So a big shout-out to those guys for all their hard and excellent work, and I encourage you to support them and the healthy competition they are bringing.
What's next for IOIO?
I'm now working full-steam on the next software release. It will include:
- The motor control library mentioned on my previous post. Took me a while to get it from "working" to "polished" state.
- The IOIO-OTG can also work as a USB slave with Android devices that support USB-OTG. That means that the IOIO can be powered by the Android without needing an external power source. This is a contribution by my friends Misha and Nadir (thanks!).
- Some bug fixes and cleanup.
I'm also planning a small hardware revision that will add some improved protection against input voltage surges. My friends from Seeed drew my attention to a subtle problem with the current design which I'm intending to fix with that. Stay tuned!