Acrylic Enclosures For Papilio Pro Now Back In Stock!


Hello, hackers!

Just wanted to drop you all a quick note that the acrylic enclosures for the Papilio Pro are now back in stock at the store. There has been a hefty demand for these, and the design (by Os1r1s) is absolutely stunning. If you’re going to hack around with your PPro, we recommend that you do it in style!

It looks like there’s a Papilio One case coming soon by the same designer too!  Awesome. Here’s the render of the Papilio One enclosure: (And don’t worry – if you stay tuned to the site, you’ll be the first to know when it hits.)

We slashed the price on the newly re-available Papilio Pro enclosure from $19.99 down to $17.99 to make up for the shortage. Hopefully that will sweeten the pot a little for you guys!

(via the GF store, Os1r1s)

New Products In The GF Store Available Now

Hola! Just wanted to drop you guys a quick note about some new products available in the Gadget Factory store.

We’ve got a new USB hub that features 4 ports (all hot-swappable), is fully compatible with USB 1.1/2.0, and supports 480Mbits full speed. $6.99 each. (Pictured above)

We’ve also got you covered on cables with our affordable new HDMI cables, Ethernet cables, and jumper wire packs. Here are some links to see the full product descriptions, photos, and prices:

That’s it for now, I know it’s not much, but these are quality products for real decent prices.  We’re adding new stuff all the time, so keep checking back!

(Gadget Factory store)

Jack Gasset To Give Tech Tour Of Papilio @ Design West 2013

Today we’ve got a very special engagement to let you all in on. The man behind the curtain, Gadget Factory founder Jack Gassett will be giving a tech talk about the Papilio platform at the upcoming industry convention Design West Expo 2013 out in Silicon Valley, California. The Design West Expo is an industry-leading event, slated to run from April 22-25 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

Jack will be speaking on Designing an Open Source Arduino/FPGA Development Board; the seminar will be held Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM at the Salon 4 designation in the convention center. Our COO Kalesh Weaver will also be in attendence at the event.

In this session, the creator of the Papilio – Inventor Jack Gassett –will present a technical tour describing how the system is implemented and discuss the design decisions he made along the way. Also discussed will be the ways in which users can plug their own peripherals into the system using VHDL or schematic entry; also how users can take existing cores from sites like and integrate them into the Papilio’s Arduino soft processor core.

WE’D LOVE TO SEE YOU THERE! If you plan on attending, please let us know – Jack was telling me that we can plan a Gadget Factory get-together for all who show to the expo! Also, Design West is offering some special promotions for friends of Gadget Factory that will get you a huge discount (over $800.00 off) on all-access passes to Design West. You’ll need to register here using the PROMO CODE: SP100.

Here’s an overview of the event from the Design West main site:

Design West is the world’s only technical conference and expo for electronics design engineers, entrepreneurs, and technology professionals who create products with electronic content. Held in the heart of Silicon Valley, it is where the world’s top design engineers and product developers gather and learn, gain inspiration, and get practical information and hands-on training they can put to immediate use.

More info:

Again, please let us know if you plan to attend, and we hope to see you guys there! For those that cannot attend, stay tuned to the blog – we’ll try to cover what we can here!

New Products Available In The GF Store

First up, we have a new seven-segment, eight-digit LED display to show you what’s happening with your numbers! Hook up this LED Display to your Papilio or other dev boards and do prototype projects with a counter, clock feature, display the values from sensors, or whatever else you’re doing to those poor numbers. Quick specs:

•8-segment LED display
•8 mini buttons
•IO savings serial communication interface
•8-level brightness adjustment (LED and adjust the brightness of a unified digital)
•scan button scans showed no MCU intervention
•MCU only needs to read or send display data to register RAM chips can save MCU resources
•8 test Two-color LED control
•Comes with connection cable (8 inch(20cm) length)

Grab yours today at the store for $13.99!

Next, we have a new USB WiFi dongle for the pcDuino, giving you WiFi access anywhere without having to be tethered to a pesky cord.  Great!  Get one for only $14.99!

Also new to the store today are some mini breadboards available in a nice spectrum of colors ($3.50 ea.), and 20-packs of jumper wires ($3.99).

As always, stay tuned to the blog – we have many more new products coming soon, and we’ll let you know here first!

(GF Store)

pcDuino Has Arrived! Now Available In The GF Store

We gave you a quick peek at it a few weeks ago here on the blog, and now BAM!  The pcDuino has finally arrived and is in stock at the Gadget Factory store!  The pcDuino is a high performance mini PC with an Arduino style interface.  It can run full operating systems like Ubuntu and/or Android ICS, can connect to your network, offers HDMI output, and it even runs Arduino sketches. Check out the pcDuino in the store!  It’s a great buy at only $59.99.

Here are the specs:

  • 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU
  • GPU: OpenGL ES2.0, OpenVG 1.1 Mali 400 core
  • 1GB DRAM
  • Onboard Storage: 2GB Flash, microSD card (TF) slot for up to 32GB
  • Arduino-Style Peripheral Headers (Adapter Needed for Shield Form-Factor)
  • HDMI Video Output
  • Linux3.0 + Ubuntu12.10 Supported
  • 0.1″ Spaced GPIO Headers
  • RJ45 Ethernet Connection
  • Power Requirements: 2A @ 5VDC
  • API to access these interfaces: UART / ADC / PWM / GPIO / I2C
  • Program in C, C++ with GNU tool chain
  • Program in Java with standard Android SDK

So head on over to the store to read up on the pcDuino, and hit up the links provided on the product page for even more information, user guides, schematics, documentation, and all that good stuff!

(Gadget Factory store)

pcDuino Is A Mini PC + Arduino, Coming Soon To The GF Store

We’d like to introduce you to the pcDuino – a high performance mini PC with an Arduino style interface.  The pcDuino is cool because it can run full operating systems like Ubuntu and/or Android ICS, can connect to your network, and is even compatible with Arduino shields!  The pcDuino is powered by ARM Pro.  Here are some of the basic specs on this little devil:

•CPU: 1GHz ARM Cortex A8
•GPU: OpenGL ES2.0, OpenVG 1.1 Mali 400 core
•Onboard Storage: 2GB Flash, SD card slot for up to 32GB
•Video Output: HDMI
•OS: Linux + Android
•Extension Interface: 2.54 mm Headers compatible with Arduino
•Network interface: RJ45 and USB WiFi Dongle

The really cool news is that we are working on carrying the pcDuino board and pcDuino accessories here at our freshly revamped Gadget Factory store.  We hope to have the board available here at the store in the next couple of weeks; the base price for pcDuino will be $59.95.  We will have more news on this development shortly, so stay tuned to the blog.

In the meantime, there is a lot more information about pcDuino that you can check out, so here are some links!

This is a really cool little board, and defitinely deserves at least some gawking.  Great price too!  What do you guys think?  Have at it in the comments.

Breaking: New GF Store Launches Today!

Hey everyone!  We’ve got an exciting news flash for you today.

We are expanding the number of products that we sell in our store, so to get ready for an expanded product line we’ve upgraded everything about the store! We recently acquired the best e-commerce software we could get our hands on, so everything about the shopping experience should be better, faster, easier to navigate, and of course more user-friendly.  We can’t wait.

We know you love specs, so here are some quick specs (ha ha!):

  • Wishlist function
  • Advanced search engine
  • More shipping options
  • Coupon codes
  • Product blow up
  • Image quickview
  • Easy one page express checkout
  • Free shipping over $99.00 during the month of March to celebrate!

The store overhaul goes live TODAY, at

That’s about it, and we’re certain that everyone will enjoy the upgrade!