Sunday, August 28, 2011

Nanode - An Open Hardware Success Story

Big ideas have to start somewhere small - and that was exactly how Nanode started.

In early July 2010, having spent a month in southern China, and temporarily out of a job, I started to rummage some of the ideas I'd had - whilst couped up in a Chinese hotel bedroom for 29 days.

This blog post of 13th July seals the date on which I first mention putting the ethernet controller and the AVR micro on the same board as I had clearly been studying the Tuxgraphic's ethernet webserver. So the idea was launched and what was to become Nanode, was conceived.

Nanode was originally built on a breadboard and then demonstrated at the first of our Snowdon build sessions over Bank Holiday August 2010.

A lot has happened in the intervening year, the breadboarded prototype unimaginatively called Ethernet Arduino, finally appeared towards the end of March, on a neat pcb and renamed Nanode.

In the last 5 months, 552 Nanode boards have been manufactured, and over 500 sold, worldwide.

As I write, there are now 550 new boards being manufactured in the USA by Wicked Device, and a further 500 being produced in Shenzhen, Southern China.

By the middle of September, over a 1000 new Nanodes will be available at the time of the Open Hardware Summit and New York City MakerFaire.

The first 550 Nanodes have been a "kitchen tabletop operation", which clearly has to shift a couple of gears to become capable of supplying Nanodes in quantities of perhaps 1000 per month. Fortunately I have teamed up with some old friends in Hong Kong and Shenzhen who will manage the manufacturing operation.

Additionally, I now have a small, but expanding network of resellers, who will handle the day to day sales and distribution.

So it was timely that I had opportunity to present a summary of the Nanode Project at OggCamp over 13th and 14th of August. Here's the video Nanonde - an Open Hardware Success Story.

1 comment:

IƱigo said...

Your presentation looked great, even if I´m not in the field.

Have you thought about air conditioning control? In Southern countries, like Spain, actually the electricity production has to peak due to intensive air conditioning use, even more than in winter.