DIY Consumer Electronics Kits  

While developing concepts for new and emerging digital experiences I have built prototypes using Raspberry Pi and Arduino platforms.

Having to use an existing open-source tool such as Arduino.IO presented an interesting challenge in the development of a multi-use electronics kit. 

Headphone frame + design came first.

This was due to number of needed components for a headphone within a DIY Kit would need to be between 8-14 parts.

Concept development : Speaker + Camera + Walkie - Talkie

Working with global manufacturers to develop a functions, and needed specifications layout. 

Researching current trends and discerning the needs of a consumer using the micro bits styled electronics design brought me to a layout for each of the interchangeable kits for possible expansion through licensing, or development of an original brand.

Create the working Prototype

  1. Creating a shared experience - Safely - requires a working prototype.

  2. Allows user feedback for the product's possible uses outside of intended use cases.

  3. Further develop possible open-source opportunities to collaborate with development teams.

  4. Creates digital infrastructure to apply existing tools.

Using open-source platforms to mock up working prototypes is a great tool for small development teams.

If you have some cash and a few hours for tutorials with Adafruit, it's worth the time spent before working with global manufacturers.

This video shows the use of the "DIY Camera Prototype" with a Raspberry Pi Zero running on Raspbian to take a picture, and control a visual display using the Unicorn Hat  16x16 LED board

Using open-source assets as much as possible can increase workflow output, and allow greater access within a licensed product design market environment.