Announcing Crowdfunding for Geppetto Designs

August 20, 2013 | Andrew Simpson

Gumstix is very excited to announce that everyone in the Geppetto community can now create community campaigns for their designs! As many of you know, crowdfunding is the same model of project funding that has been made popular by sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The ability to create campaigns is built directly into Geppetto and our online store.

Users can now take their custom Geppetto designs and run a campaign to see if anyone else in the community is also interested in their design by pledging. The creator of a board sets the number of days a campaign will run for, as well as the number of boards needed for the campaign to be successful. If participants pledge enough boards before the campaign is over, each user pays their proportional share of the Geppetto setup fee (currently $1,999) as well as the cost for each board they order (this varies, but it’s usually close to $50). Another great feature is that, as part of the launch, if more than a certain number of participants join a campaign (right now it’s 50, but this may change in the future) and it’s successful, Gumstix will waive the manufacturing fees altogether, meaning each participant only pays for the boards they order, no setup fee.

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Meet Alto35

The First Geppetto-Built Expansion Board

June 4, 2013 | Andrew Simpson

A few months ago, Gumstix unveiled Geppetto, our new design platform that lets you build a completely custom computer. Michael Questo over at Texas Instrument said that “once [he] learned how to use the tool…[Geppetto made] PCB design as easy as playing Sim City.”

Well, the design process might be as easy as playing Sim City, but the resulting board is definitely real; as proof of that, Gumstix is today announcing its first commercially-available expansion board built entirely with Geppetto, the Alto35.


The Alto35 was designed as the successor to the Palo35, Gumstix’ popular Overo-series expansion board featuring a 3D accelerometer and support for a 3.5″ touch screen.

The Alto35's Geppetto design process.
The Alto35’s Geppetto design process.

In addition to these two, the Alto35 also offers the same audio in/out jack, two USB mini-B ports and console port as the Palo35. The Alto35 also adds an RC servo, LEDs in four different colors, two tactile switches and an included 3.5″ resistive touch-screen display. Moreover, users will now be able to customize all of the features on the existing design in Geppetto to meet their exact specifications.

The Alto35 with an Overo showing the boot splash screen.
The Alto35 with an Overo showing the boot splash screen.


One of the biggest benefits of the expansion board being available both as an off-the-shelf solution and a Geppetto-customizable design is the ability to try out a stock Alto35 at an early stage in the design process, and then move on to your own customized version as your design evolves. Users of Gumstix’ expansion boards have always been able to make their own custom versions, since all our expansion boards are 100% open-source, but, until now, it’s never been as easy as dragging and dropping.

Head over to Geppetto and see the customizable design for the Alto35 for yourself!

Geppetto is our free online design tool that allows you to create a custom hardware design — no electrical engineering required from you. Moreover, we handle everything, from sourcing of parts to production, to ensuring that your board boots out of the box. We take care of production while you focus on your software or application.
We will deliver your pre-tested, production-ready boards after 15 business days.