We're excited to roll out our new BirdBrain Technologies webstore, a one stop shop to buy Finch robots and Hummingbird kits and parts. Along with the launch, we are also simplifying pricing for the Finch and reducing overall prices. As of today, all US domestic customers qualify for free shipping on Finch, a savings of anywhere from $6 to $15.
Finches are back in stock! US customers ordering before December 16th can guarantee arrival by Christmas with ground shipping; you can order even later if you live east of the Mississippi. Here is our UPS transit time map - we will ship your order same day if it is placed by 1 PM EST:
We just made two major improvements to our Raspberry Pi support. First, we designed a mechanical shell (see pic) to mount the Pi and a battery to the Finch robot. We've released the STL file so you can 3D print these yourself, and have also posted it to Shapeways so you can buy them. If we get sufficient interest, we can injection mold these (which would reduce the cost from $100 to $25).
The Finch robot loan program lends robots to schools, after school & summer programs, libraries, and maker spaces around the country. Read more about it here, and if you're interested, apply by January 26th, 2015.
Thanks to the efforts of Jay Jin at Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science we now have a native Python library for Finch! We have been supporting Python users with a Jython library for a couple of years, but the new library allows users to use Python 3.3 and its associated libraries.