Bullshit, that’s what it is. They targeted the “Launchpad” toward the maker/hacker market and yet they don’t provide the according payment methods, these corporate weasels will only take your credit card, tell me how many students actually own a credit card? only the rich kids, who are probably more interested in getting more free money from their parents and living la vida loca than spending their time hacking away on a TI development board alone in their basement.
It just makes no sense whatsoever! they’re trying to get a piece of this huge market by introducing a ridiculously cheap product and yet theres no way anyone outside the US without a CC would be able to get one!.
Therefore TI’s product is as appealing to me as sucking a rusty nail while watching a match of cricket under severe chronic depression! It’s going to end one way and it won’t be pretty.
The worst part is the fact that once you’ve got the kit and you want more ICs, you’d expect them to be cheap but they really aren’t, unless you’re buying bulk that is! — Do you know any student who buys bulk quantities of ICs (10.000 units) ? I didn’t think so, unless they’re running a meth lab.
Well TI, heres a launchpad you can use to launch this lie out of orbit! But wait, you’ll need a CC to use it.
At least I know they won’t be making a profit out of this and due to the fact that they didn’t try to compete directly with the Arduino, they won’t be doing well since it’s an established, properly supported product with a plethora of options to choose from. TI’s Launchpad just isn’t.
So yeah, there you go.
And by the way, I’m not an Arduino fanboy. In fact PICs are pretty much the norm here in Argentina (not a fan either) so I’m in no way biased, this is just my point of view. Hopefully other weasels will start reselling them on eBay, giving us a chance to give it a try…
Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t.