This is my first post on the forum FYI … It’s good to join this community. I recently got my first Arduboy and am loving it so far. When I ordered mine I ordered one for my close friend. We took it to show friends an. family and since then they have been asking for one of their one. It really is a marvellous piece of hardware
The Arduboy is certainly quite an expensive little toy at about $50 USD and so I had an idea for 3 models to be made:
The “Arduboy Advanced” has a 4bit colour screen, an SD card, OTG USB port for playing multiplayer and other wanted new features. Priced at $70 USD, this Arduboy would likely not be credit card sized and more of a portable retro console sized like an original GameBoy.
The “Arduboy” is the current Arduboy. At $50 USD, this would be a premium credit card sized gaming console as it is currently.
The “Arduboy Lite” is a modified original dev kit with a coin cell battery and no casing/button covers to save money. Priced at $30 USD, this Arduboy would be the entry-level and get more people into developing code and games for the Arduboy ecosystem, driving sales of more units.
I understand that this would be a very, very expensive move for Arduboy Inc due to factory costs of expanding to multiple models, however, I believe it is viable and would make many more people buy an Arduboy. Purchases turn into community members making games or learning about Arduino which drives more purchases. Arduboy Inc. can make their margin on all of this and split it with Seeed Studio. I was just wondering what @bateske would think of this.
PS. We need a special Arduboy emoji!