The curated subscription craze has spread to more product verticals than even the most generous pundit could have predicted, and just as consumers can now have meal ingredients sent to their homes for a do-it-yourself meal, one startup is taking a similar approach with electronics.
TechSpot reported that Thimble, a DIY electronics subscription service, has officially launched on Kickstarter to raise funding for a more cerebral approach to monthly curated kits. Though the service isn't live yet, a pledge of just $49 will get customers a kit containing almost all of the necessary parts to build their own Wi-Fi-controlled robot.
Though the Kickstarter campaign won't officially finish until early February, Oscar Pedroso and David Brenner, Thimble's founders, have already demolished their original funding goal of $25,000. In a matter of days, 902 people pledged $136,999 to Thimble's future potential, though there are still 45 days left for others to get in on the fun.
And that's the principle behind Thimble; as Pedroso and Brenner explain on their Kickstarter page, learning about and creating apps and electronics should be a fun and engaging part of living in a world surrounded by them.
"We've created a series of monthly delivered kits that help you understand the fundamentals of electronics and how hardware and software come together, so you can innovate and invent from the comfort of your own home," the founders said.
Although customers do have to have a basic set of electronics tools on hand, such as a soldering iron and some specialized adhesives, the aim is to make the too often opaque process of app and device development more accessible to the public, and especially to younger generations. Moreover, if customers don't like what Thimble has on tap for next month's kit, Pedroso and Brenner say that consumers can back out and reenter the service at any time.