Helsinki Hacklab is a non-commercial organization, which means that any for-profit campaigning not possible under our organization. As several of our members build amazing things and want to share them in open and maybe even make a living out of it, spinoff was bound to get created sooner or later.
ELL-i Open Source co-operative is one of more prominent spinoffs, as they actually have rented out a room in our lab. They often can be seen working on various ideas and products around, we have watched with increasing curiosity their progress with Raspberry Pi PoE shield.
Last weekend they hosted a little hackathon on our lab. There were musical projects, some people were playing around with home automation and lighting ideas. One of the projects is probably going to be permament addition to our lab: Our Ultimaker received a Power over Ethernet -powered Raspberry Pi 2 and a webcam. Now we can start prints over LAN and watch the progress live from the comfort of our livingroom. Project is still ongoing, our Ultimaker just received a heated bed upgrade and a cut-off switch controlled by Raspberry Pi. (Flickr album)
The RasPoEs were very comfortable to use, and we are happy to see their campaign has gone live at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/raspoe-raspberry-pi-poe-shield/. As One of our members put, “I got to buy a PoE-switch now too”.