It appears that the wonderful Bluetooth-enabled microcontroller, the LightBlue Bean, is now being discontinued. However, it is open for all to make their very own using the hardware files, if you (understandably) can’t bear to see it all come to an end.
Yep. It’s all over, it appears. The LightBlue Bean is “now a legacy product and is no longer being sold”. If you’re keen to take up the mantle and build your own — you can get the LightBlue Bean hardware files right here. Along with other eager LightBlue Bean fans, I’m hoping it is brought to life by a new group who bring it back to life!
“If you wanted to build a product based around the existing design, you still totally could. It’s another example of a company being pretty cool as time passes, requirements change and the industry moves on.” — Alex Glow from Hackster.io
There isn’t a whole lot of info about what went down, but here’s what their website says:
“The LightBlue Bean is a legacy product and is no longer being sold.
The Bean loader apps will continue to function, but no further updates will be provided. Updates to your OS may change Bluetooth functionality and therefore may break the functionality of the Bean apps.
Hardware files are available here.
We’re proud to have helped people prototype their products with the Bean, and for all the incredible things they’ve built. The Bean was an incredibly fun and challenging product to work on, and we will miss it.
Our goal at Punch Through is to help companies develop products. Our consulting services and software products have been growing so quickly that they require our full focus and attention. If you’re developing a connected product, we’d love to help in any way possible.”
Alex Glow, from Hackster.io, covered the news and was also quite eager for a new group to come together and keep the flame alive!
“Like with the Pebble, there’s still hope. PunchThrough Design, the creators of the Lightblue Bean, are releasing all the hardware files so that if you really want to, you can get a coalition together and make more of these.” — Alex Glow from Hackster.io
So yeah. You. Reading this right now with the hardware expertise. Whatcha waiting for? Take up the call and keep LightBlue Beans alive!
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