To date, 23 stribe prototypes have been sent out into the world, either as kits or as completed units.
I'm building 2 more stribes, but after those I'm pretty much out of parts until the next pre-order run. I do have 5 sets of circuit boards left, and some LEDs and max7221's and so on, but I'm out of touch-strips.
New Kits in the Works
I'm finishing-up a prototype of a "single strip stribe", a modular unit that has 2 64-LED columns and one touch-strip, and holds 2 MAX7221s to drive the LEDs. This version is through-hole and kit-able. I'm also working on a second version that will use some Surface Mount components (only the MAX7221s, caps and resistors will be SM, the 10-segment through-hole bar-graphs are still more economical than SM LEDs) to save space.
Also, I'm working on a version of the full 8-strip stribe that will only require a single circuit board.
Scott over at curiousinventor.com has been experimenting with LEDs and a potentiometer and uOSC (CNMATs native OSC firmware) running on a PIC18F4450, with some success. Perhaps a PIC version of the stribe is next! Or maybe someone will port uOSC to the Arduino.
I've been working on a completely re-factored version of the (Arduino) stribe firmware, building on what I've learned so far. This firmware will give better control over the various parameters that affect throughput, as well as providing a more intuitive method to address the LEDs, plus "display events" that can be triggered from Max.
I'm learning more Max every day, and got a good boost from the workshop at CNMAT. Now I have even MORE ideas for apps, the only real thing holding me back being all the work that needs to be done on the firmware.
I've had some success dynamically setting loop points within a sample using the stribe's "pseudo dual-touch" feature, but don't have anything worth showing-off, yet. I need to get the firmware settled down a bit more more before I write "time-based" type apps, e.g. using a clock to differentiate long from short presses, etc. Once again I'm caught deciding if this is a firmware or a software thing...
Forum / Website
Over the next couple of months, I'm going to be moving this Forum, as well as the various websites associated w/ the stribe, to a dedicated Drupal site. I'm really digging Drupal lately (in my work life), and I need my own site where I can experiment. This will have the added benefit of being much more organized, probably prettier, and hopefully a lot more stable than this site, which seems to randomly throw Server Error messages.
I just want to say thanks to everyone who's been helping-out so far. This includes anyone that reads this site as well as those who've bought stribes, kits, parts, t-shirts, and/or contributed their valuable time and effort. I've been amazed.