These are preliminary samples, without graphics on the buttons. We received them to check small differences that result from manufacturing tolerances and limitations, for example where certain narrow bits do not get filled properly with silicone. This has no impact on functionality, the keypad fits wooden enclosure perfectly and holds the board in place, so we are giving them a green light.
Final samples will follow in next weeks, to verify symbols placement and orientation. There will also be polyurethane coating applied (as silicone alone is not durable enough to be used for buttons).
Since the last update, product boxes and hard cases arrived as well. Almost everything is ready, while we wait for what's left, software is getting closer to being finished.
The first build guide for expanding your Glo board is now ready.
In addition to this, we will be making a host board that might be interesting if you want to further experiment with peripherals supported by the ESP32 microcontroller and audio codec. The Glo board sits in the center-top area and is connected by a few wires.
There are connectors for line in and out, micro-SD card slot, power amp for small speaker or two and also MIDI jack with switch that selects between in and out direction. The keypad will either be capacitive or electrostatic, depending on what works better (the first boards to test this are on the way here).
Apart from this website and Kickstarter, we are sharing short demos and minor updates on our YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, where you can find us as @phonicbloom - or under these links: