The manufactured 8Square – which we decided to call “Hypnosquare” – is now available on our store. They look quite nice! The lacquered wood case is much nicer than the Ikea shadowboxes that we were using for the kits; I’m going to see if we can’t use the same case for the currently-naked kits too.
These are functionally equivalent to the “basic” kit – they don’t have USB, but do keep the switches on the back for playback control. And just like the retail 4Cube, the UART header and interface are there so if you want to hack it to do your own displays you can.
Sadly, the frame that we’ve been using for the 8Square has been discontinued by the manufacturer, and we’re about out of stock of them. I’m looking for a suitable replacement, but there really aren’t many small, deep, shadow boxes like that that also aren’t too expensive. So I’m temporarily going to close ordering on the 8Squares, although they’ll be back in some form even if it’s in all it’s naked glory.