Tessel is a project to design a fully open source hardware & software platform that makes it easy and intuitive to develop Internet-connected devices.
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Dear friends,

We have three important announcements for you:

  1. The latest prototype run of Tessel 2 has been manufactured. If the tests pass, we will be charging your orders for Tessel 2 boards as early as next week. If you would like to change your order (address change, expired credit card), please update your information.

  2. Our manufacturer will handle all module sales and distribution for Tessel 2. More details on this coming soon. We will notify and enable you to add modules to your existing orders before we ship later this summer.

  3. The Tessel Project is now an open source project under the nonprofit Dojo Foundation, and independent of Technical Machine. Learn more about our open governance model and how to get involved.

Now for some more details!

Manufacturing update: We are expecting our final prototypes back early next week. Once we confirm that the build works, we will start charging the cards so we can ramp into mass manufacturing. So far, we’re still on schedule for an August ship date. Please review your order before Wednesday of next week, ensure the shipping address is correct, and that your payment method is up to date.

The Tessel Project: Ownership and direction of the Tessel Project now belongs to a Steering Committee which exists independently of Technical Machine. This group exists as part of the Dojo Foundation. [ Tweet This ]

Tessel has become the infrastructure to prototype and build Internet-connected devices, and the starting point for makers and developers to make their ideas into reality. The Internet of Things is still very young, and we at Technical Machine want to capitalize on the opportunity to make a huge impact on these technologies as they increasingly become part of our lives.

The Tessel Project spins out the development of Tessel, its module ecosystem, and its intuitive tooling, while retaining the manufacturing relationships and expertise gained from selling Tessel the past two years. All royalties off of selling hardware will be reinvested into the project’s own development and outreach. Our goal is an open source project that rivals the availability, manufacturing capacity, and support of more established, but often locked-down hardware solutions. 

This move to open governance borrows heavily from io.js’s Technical Committee model. It adopts explicit communication policies, clear avenues for contribution, and a culture of encouraging new contributions. By moving toward open governance, we’re hoping to make the Tessel Project a leader and a model for an open community-driven project in the hardware space.

Passionate about Nodebots, education, or makerspaces? Interested in exploring new concepts or bringing entire products to market? Get involved as a collaborator, and you'll be supported by a community with like-minded goals and ambitions. Or join us on Slack and share your feedback. We’d love to hear from you!

All the best,

Tim, Jon, Kelsey, Jia, Eric, Kevin, Kwyn, and Ken

PS: The Tessel 2 CLI can be worked on today without needing hardware by using the Tessel 2 Virtual Machine. There are plenty of open issues that we can use help on. What ideas will you bring to Tessel?

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