Happy New Year!

To ring in the new year, we’ve got some new prices:

We recently updated the 4Cube to eliminate the expensive USB module and instead implement USB functionality through a second PIC microcontroller. Power is also now through the USB, and our international customers will be glad to find that the power adapter now accepts up to 240VAC so a transformer is no longer required (just a physical plug adapter if your outlets differ from the US style.) So we’ve lowered the price of 4Cube kits to $150. I’m going to make it retroactive to all December orders, so people who ordered recently will be getting a refund to the lower price.

We’re also knocking back the finished prices. In addition to the cost savings of the kit, I’m now having a friend of mine do the construction; it’s not China, but it’s cheaper labor than yours truly :). I will still be doing a final inspection to ensure everything is constructed well before shipping.

The 8Square design hasn’t been updated yet, since we don’t move as many of those units, but we’ve lowered the price to be in line with the 4Cubes since otherwise it would seem unbalanced.

My new year’s resolution: be more efficient at getting stuff out the door. Starting with the ^&@#$ oft-delayed 8Cube. I will have an update on that shortly.

7 Responses to “Happy New Year!”
  • Boars · March 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm ·

    Does this mean 8Square still require a transformer? (What is stopping me from ordering one)

  • Gary Livick · April 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm ·

    I built one of these about a year ago, and have had it in my lab for my own enjoyment. I recently brought it into work at Northrop (we build the F-18 and F-35 in this plant), and people come from all over the office to see it — the word of something really cool being in here spread quickly.

  • Gene · April 28, 2011 at 12:04 am ·

    Cool? With F-18s and F35s about, the little cube has got to be down pretty far on the hierarchy of cool at your place!

  • Gene · April 28, 2011 at 12:07 am ·

    Sorry I hadn’t noticed your comment earlier – yes, the 8Square still uses an old school adapter that can only take 110VAC. Rather than a clunky transformer however, it’s fairly easy to replace the adapter with one that can take 240VAC.

  • Nathan · April 28, 2011 at 9:24 am ·

    My soldering iron is all heated up and ready for the 8Cube! Was wondering if there was any news 🙂

    Really enjoyed building the 4Cube and am looking forward to the 8Cube.

  • Scarrzz · May 14, 2011 at 6:25 am ·

    I’m looking forward to seeing an 8cube on my desk. It will be so awesome. Any idea when that might be possible?

  • Roger · May 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm ·

    I am also looking forward to the 8cube kit. Hardware wise I can get the job done. programming the show is another matte!!!!!