Welcome to the real world! Gertboard would not be able to built in the required quantities without help from companies like Farnell. And that help comes with a price. It still a very cheap price because Gert's want it that way, and it's his design and hard work. People should be grateful for that and do a little less whinging. Unless of course they are producing their own version and producing in the required quantities, in which case they do have some right to criticise.domesday wrote:Because Farnell want to maximise profits by being the only place selling the board and the only option being a complete kit. Selling the board on its own wouldn't be much of a money spinner for them when they can sell £15 worth of components and a PCB for £30+ Just like the Raspberry Pi itself the original Open design goals have been dropped no doubt at the request of these old economy business like farnell who are not willing to embrace the open design community, unless of course it works in their favour and they get to sell what the community designs.
I'm really not impressed with RS & Farnell, the way they have forced the Raspberry Pi into an exclusive closed design and presumably done the same here for the Gertboard, in return for their ability to ship worldwide.
Coming up with a board and designing one is trivial. I can easily do one per week.fulburncams wrote:.... I am not sure it is that difficult.....
Well If you are referring to me, you might want to re-read what is posted as the only people I have had a poke at is farnell who are so out-of-touch.SN wrote:I'm sorry but I'm going to have to stick up fir Gert and the RPF here. Just get off their case and sto whinging about what they're doing. Go do your own thing but DON'T criticise them for the good work they're doing for not a lot if any reward as far as I can see.
It's not and plenty of other people are producing addon boards now.fulburncams wrote:I do not believe the only model for an add on board is one that is produced at the rate of 1000 per week ?
FWIW: I've got both a Gertboard and a PiFace. And while each has their merits, the Gertboard is by far the more versatile. PiFace does have the one advantage of a small footprint, but right now I'm mildly irritated I can plug it into my Pi and have the Pi mounted in my SKPang case...domesday wrote:Personally I think the Gertboard is better suited to an advanced user as it requires the GPIO pins to be manually connected together, much like a breadboard really. I think something like the PiFace looks better suited as a teaching aid.