After quite a bit of back and forth with our parts list, including a redesign of the fuel-gauge circuit, I'm happy to announce that our badge prototype for DEFCON 27 was sent to the factory today for prototyping! This is a huge milestone for Bill Paul and I.
This means that our schematic, PCB design, part selection / supply verification, and bill-of-materials are all done.
We're about a month later in the process than I'd like to be, but the prototype that went to the factory is the same board (if it works) that we'll use for DEFCON. That alone should cut out 30 days of work. At least one less spin.
We'll be working with Egan again to make a multiplayer game, and we're looking for sponsorships.
We will be making 500 badges this time, and selling them through Kickstarter. We need to raise about $35k-40k to make this happen, and I think we'll be able to do that as we did a couple of years ago.
The remainder of this week will consist of getting the Kickstarter video together and game design.