I'm sitting at Sujus Coffee in Fremont, CA, watching the rain....we even had some thunder and lightning..which is rare here. I am working on SchmartKits. For some time, I had talked to a number of kit companies to convince them to use EZ technology on their boards. It would allow them to utilize SMT parts on their boards, and greatly expand the possibilities. Today instead, when SMT is involved, they pre-solder that part or find a way around using SMT altogether. I was not looking to make a big profit...just get our technology out there. Well, these companies are old school and have not seen the light.
We're not easily deturred though. We do not want to be in the kit business...so we thought about how people with no ability to read schematics might use our boards to build stuff. We will soon make schematics availabe on our website that show people exactly where to hand solder parts on our boards to build popular circuits. Just a few to begin with...but eventually we have a way to offer thousands of circuits in which anyone can build circuits with zero experience due to our EZ technology and the new way that we'll lay them out over our SchmartBoards. Now, I'm not sure that I even have a reason to deal with the kit companies..but am always willing to talk if they decide to call.
If you can't join them..beat em!