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Offline atomriot

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on: January 27, 2008, 11:21:31 PM
How many people would want pre-made pens? i mean hand made by people on this board. perhaps there could be a trade section that allowed people to put up requests or designs for pens and then the more handy technical people could make and sell them for cheap.

this of course would need to be policed to make sure fellow wiimoters were not trying to take advantage of other wiimoters but it would also provide a place where the people that are not as skilled in the craft could get some custom made for them for less than having to buy the high price pens that have IR + other capabilities that are not even needed for the apps.

Who here would buy a pen from other board members so long as it wasn't exorbitantly high in price? say, cost + 10-15% (for labor of course) + shipping? i don't know, just a thought.

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Offline ruined

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Reply #1 on: January 28, 2008, 11:28:56 AM
I'd buy one or two, I'm sure. While I have computer skills, I am all thumbs when it comes to soldering and working on small electronics.



Offline Telbar

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Reply #2 on: January 28, 2008, 03:50:36 PM
I'd buy one.



Offline balam

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Reply #3 on: January 30, 2008, 11:04:52 PM
me tooo.
keep me update so I can buy from you.




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Reply #4 on: February 04, 2008, 12:00:37 PM
So I just bought "everything" needed to make these pens: (as far as I know)

LEDs = .20 cents (come in packs of 5 at the place I found them)
switches = .2 cents (I bought 100 for 2$)
Pens = .50 cents (at walmart)
battery (not sure, I just use one i have), but I think that aaa would be best
wire = free as well, just grab some network cable and have at it

so basically these pens are like $1.50 maybe 2$.  Maybe more if you're going to buy a mount for your battery (rather than using tape, like I was thinking :))

So a reasonable mark up would be based on a %, but instead on time.  No one is going to sell these things for $2.25, that means they'd have to take like 2 seconds to make.  I imagine there are several people that would sell them for say $10

On the other hand, buying in bulk is a lot cheaper, and possibly someone might be willing to sell the parts needed for cheap (like if you're looking for small switches let me know :)).





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Reply #5 on: February 05, 2008, 07:54:23 PM
So I just bought "everything" needed to make these pens: (as far as I know)

LEDs = .20 cents (come in packs of 5 at the place I found them)
switches = .2 cents (I bought 100 for 2$)
Pens = .50 cents (at walmart)
battery (not sure, I just use one i have), but I think that aaa would be best
wire = free as well, just grab some network cable and have at it

so basically these pens are like $1.50 maybe 2$.  Maybe more if you're going to buy a mount for your battery (rather than using tape, like I was thinking :))

So a reasonable mark up would be based on a %, but instead on time.  No one is going to sell these things for $2.25, that means they'd have to take like 2 seconds to make.  I imagine there are several people that would sell them for say $10

On the other hand, buying in bulk is a lot cheaper, and possibly someone might be willing to sell the parts needed for cheap (like if you're looking for small switches let me know :)).




 :D

can you post part numbers and store info



Offline techie

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Reply #6 on: February 12, 2008, 06:16:38 PM
I bought 100 bulbs and I am looking for the best momentary button switch. Until then, I am replacing the LEDs in those little squeeze lights on keychains. That way, the thing costs $2 or so in parts.




Offline brentrs

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Reply #7 on: February 17, 2008, 01:37:10 PM
I would definitely buy at least one pen, and I would be willing to drop ten bucks on one no problem. 



Offline gatekeeper

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Reply #8 on: February 23, 2008, 06:27:13 PM
I'd be interested in one, for sure.



Offline Bera

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Reply #9 on: February 24, 2008, 04:55:30 PM
I had to order the leds from abroad, i had to order min. 5 pieces (almost a dollar each) + around 6 dollars for shipping (plus the switch and battery holder around a dollar).. and i still did not get the parts and I'm not sure how will the pen work when i assemble it.. so yes i would pay 10 dollars for a pen that works (but would expect it to look decent...)

cheers



Offline JYC

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Reply #10 on: February 24, 2008, 05:36:01 PM
Heck, I'll pay you $5 for a higher-grade led.



Offline DominiKing

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Reply #11 on: March 12, 2008, 11:58:03 AM
I'd buy at least two or three. Is there anywhere we can get em yet?



Offline joelz

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Reply #12 on: March 12, 2008, 12:13:16 PM
If my school district shows interest in the project, I might have an order for several pens.



Offline Goose

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Reply #13 on: March 24, 2008, 11:52:03 AM
If done we would need to be subcontious of what we are doing. Giving out your adress would be personal information. ^>^ Just bringing in safety, though I love the idea.



Offline stjohn

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Reply #14 on: April 01, 2008, 01:30:09 PM
i would be interested.. very much so.
I have added you on MSN.. if you are available to talk!!

rory is my name
thanks