Flotilla large starter kit no longer available?


#1

I had set my heart on a Flotiila large starter kit (when enough doubloons and discount codes were available). Alas it seems that the large starter kit isn’t in the shop any more. :(
Has that kit been “retired” forever?
Or was it only ever a kickstarter reward?


#2

I’ve worked out that the large starter kit was previously in the shop and not just a kickstarter reward.
But it appears that it’s been “largely” removed.
However, I’ve also worked out that a medium kit plus my own choices of a few other modules and cables might be a better bet (even if it costs a few quid more).


#3

It is a shame that flotila doesn’t receive the attention it deserves it is a really great system that I find really fun and refreshing.

It is really quite hard to find on their site and I hope this will change. A lot of effort went into it and I hope they can make it more easily accessible to start of with as the software and hardware are both polished and great.


#4

I did have a poke around to find out where the large starter kit had got to, apparently we never launched it on the shop. I think it’s one of those things that, at the moment anyway, just wouldn’t be popular enough to justify kitting, stocking, etc. We’re busy beavers and something has to give :(

I’ve said this before, and I’ve probably said that I’ve said this before, and I’ve probably said that I’ve said that I’ve said this before. but Flotilla is still very much a going concern and we’re making slow and steady progress with fine tuning the software experience, coming up with and tweaking examples, and battle-testing the libraries. Hopefully once we’re happy with how it all works and looks and feels we’ll be much more keen to think through and promote the kits!


#5

Even if the large kit didn’t quite make it past the “coming soon” shop page, the medium kit did!
A medium starter kit plus a couple of other modules are in my “super” order!
Pimoroni, please, please don’t let me down!
I don’t need yet another pile of electronics looking for a reason to actually use it.
Let’s get Flotilla out of dry dock, off the back-burner and make it all ship-shape and Bristol (or Sheffield) fashion!


#6

I agree.
I’ve got large starter kit but am still waiting for enough documentation to be able to use it fully from Python.


#7

The python API is being worked on as we speak. The examples provided aim to provide a starting point and illustrate useful interaction between modules.

If there is anything specific you would like answered, or guidance for a specific use-case the best course of action is to create an issue in the flotilla-python repository:


#8

I’ve now received my medium++ kit (I added dial, number and matrix modules) and I’m very happy to report that everything seems to work straight out of the box.

I even managed to tweak the pimoroni usb serial driver so it would install on my 32 bit Windows 7 (not all of us have a 64 bit Windows system!). I could then talk directly from a serial terminal (putty) window to the dock on my netbook just like on the raspberry. I used the ever so informative gitbook called Flotilla Protocol, by someone called Phil Howard. https://www.gitbook.com/book/gadgetoid/flotilla-protocol/details He seems to be a bit of a flotilla gadgetoid! ;))

While I was waiting for my order to reach Germany (it takes a while…), I had a look at how the cookbook javascript works, also very interesting indeed.

Lots of flotilla hacking around coming up!


#9

I really need to flesh out that GitBook :D It was something of an experiment/reminder to myself. Let me know if you find any shortcomings!


#10

Just found this - very helpful - Thanks