A new do-it-yourself electronics subscription box on Kickstarter has enormously exceeded its pledge goal.
Every year, a lot of new and innovative creations arise from the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, and developers Oscar Pedroso and David Brenner are getting in on the 2016 action early. Meet "Thimble," the newest subscription box. Instead of sending a different bottle of wine or a basket of bath essentials to your door every month, Pedroso and Brenner will deliver an amateur-friendly electronics project. "We've created a series of kits delivered monthly that help you understand the fundamentals of electronics and how hardware and software come together," the creators wrote on the Kickstarter landing page.
Thimble garnered over 1,300 backers, and raised over $230,000 (far more than the initial pledge goal of $25,000), with 18 days left to go. One edge that Thimble has over similar DIY electronics packages is that it is approachable for someone who is trying to learn electronics (rather than exclusive to users who are already familiar with coding or engineering). "It doesn't matter who you are or how old you are," added Pedroso and Brenner, "people want to understand how individual electronic parts work together to make something function... you will learn the art of soldering, programming languages, micro-controllers, and theory." Step-by-step guidance accompanies each monthly box via the Thimble app. The boxes will go into production next month, and deliveries of the Thimble boxes are set to begin in April and June 2016.
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