Request for questions for Kevin Bates for a new online show I'm working on

Howdy folks!

I’m currently working on an online show called Pioneers in Open Source and @bateske agreed to be a guest on the show.

PiOS will highlight people and communities contributing to the global Open Source movement. Part of the topics include: The technologies themselves, stories about the people who are driving these technologies forward, the impact they have to the global industry and local communities, and more.

Arduboy has touched so many lives in positive ways and I believe it makes sense to highlight the work that Kevin pioneered along with the Arduboy community leaders to make the learning and mastering of low-level programming & electronics more accessible. I am one of those people and I have such fond affection for this community. :heart:
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So my ask from you folks is: If there is a question you have for Kevin, please share it. We’ll randomly pick a hand few of them and get them answered at the end of the show.

Many thanks in advance :).


Why is Arduboy always out of stock?


The first KickStarter was in 2015 (?) and since then a lot of other consoles have come and gone. What do you think makes the Arduboy still popular after 7 years?


Final bump as we’re recording tomorrow :wink:

  • What aspect of the Arduboy gives you the most personal sense of pride / reward?
  • If you could rewind to the inception of the project, what advice would you give past-Bateske ?
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Good luck!

Sorry … break a leg!

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I wanted to say thank you to all of you for sharing your questions. I stole one of @acedent’s questions early on in the recording and didn’t properly credit him.

The recording went well and I think it’s safe to say that Kevin’s thoughts resonated so well that the earth rumbled a bit. :slight_smile:

The Arduboy community is truly a special place and I’m so grateful to @bateske for taking the time to share his thoughts with the world.

Will be moving the recording into the post production workflow and coordinating release with @bateske.

Thank you again folks! :heart::smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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I look forward to listening. Thanks :smiley:

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It was cool chat I’m never comfortable in front of a webcam like that, I have too much energy to sit still!


Same :smile:. I was clinically diagnosed with ADHD in 2018, and is why I stand during these recordings. I fidget a TON off camera :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:.


Oh damn dude that’s a smart hack that would help me a lot, whenever I can design my optimal streaming setup I’ll have to make it at a sit/stand desk.

Wanted to provide an update to everyone.

Keven and I recorded an episode in early November, but decided to re-record due to technical issues with the first take.

Since that first recording, we had tech conferences, Thanksgiving, tech conferences & covid (me) and finally recorded last week. I’m currently editing his episode now. :slight_smile:

Many thanks to Kevin for taking the time (twice) to share his history and to y’all for patience. =)


The first video used my bluetooth audio which apparently was garbage. Bought a nice USB condenser mic and got a haircut so the second take is much better. It’s actually extremely fortunate that this all took place, as I ended up getting an interview from CNN business last week and the audio from that would have been all wrecked and I doubt get the chance to re-record. So thanks @JayGarcia for getting me into a good place!

(The CNN video is supposed to go online tomorrow, but I don’t know actually)

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CNN?? that’s yuge!

Not exactly my target market but it’s better than a kick in the groin!

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A common technical issue.


We will publish @bateske 's episode on December 20th. In the interim, here are some outtakes from our recording. (you’ll need to enable audio)


Here’s the full interview with @bateske :).

It was a blast chatting with him and sharing his story! <3


Great interview! I’m one of those people who can attest to the Arduboy being the reason I’ve been able to develop a game. I never would’ve been able to do it without the support of the community and the existence of the great little piece of hardware that inspired me to want to make something for it. Devices have come out recently that have the same concept of every unit being a dev kit, but they still haven’t been able to keep my attention for very long.


Yep, the same story for me! I probably wouldn’t have ever touched coding if I haven’t discovered the Arduboy. I think also the reason why I’ve been here for so long is because I love the community and I’ve learned so much here (literally almost everything I know about engineering and coding!).

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