I really like how easy it is to get the badge operational with interactive components like the directional switch and the wifi. I love the OTA update feature for programming from a Chromebook. It seems durable for what it is, but I recommend a case especially protecting the e-ink display. It's great that the e-ink display maintains state without power. I wish I could figure out how to add LEDs to it. I also wish it had a LiPo adapter. Finally, I wish I could figure out how to make the e-ink refresh faster.
The Badgy itself seems to be really nicely designed, there's plenty of example code on their github repo and it was quite easy to get started.
My only issue was with the Badgy being shipped from Hong Kong, rather than the USA as was stated in the listing. This meant that I got charged about an extra $13 in customs fees, since here in Sweden there's no tax exemption for small items from there any more.
I sent a message to Squaro to point this out and suggest that they update their listing but never got any reply.
The only documentation is really with the examples, so it's lucky they work fine. (There's no real hand-holding here.) But you do have to read through the source to figure out how to upload sketches to the device etc.
However, you can't run if off battery, which is the primary reason for buying it, so wait until this issue is fixed: https://github.com/sqfmi/badgy/issues/20
Received my 2 Badgy’s with fast shipping, being a Github illiterate newbie I am having a bit of a struggle to understand the best place to start. Hopefully I will work it out as I have some good projects I want to use them on. Will buy more as they are very compact and suited to what I want to do :-)
The badge arrived much earlier than anticipated which was great. The description and actual documentation could be well improved. I have a little coding experience so already this is a challenge for me. Anyone who gets the badge and the documentation doesn't provide a good starting point. Connect it to power, then turn the switch to "On", then press the joystick up and hold until the Badge prompts you to connect it to a wifi source. Overall a great badge and I look forward to tinkering with it.