Parallax Pilot Products Just what is a Parallax Pilot Product?

At Parallax we scour the world for products we think that you, our customers, will like. Sometimes we're correct, and the products we bring in end up being best sellers and a permanent part of our product offering. Unfortunately, not every product ends up being a hit and can get discontinued pretty quickly. If you’ve been a Parallax customer for a while, you may have noticed this ebb and flow of product from outside vendors.

These are what we refer to as Pilot Products. Our initial... More

Me talking with other forum attendees on a break. Talking Shop with Local Manufacturers

I was fortunate to represent Parallax recently at the 2013 Manufacturer’s Forum presented by the Placer County Office for Economic Development. The goal of the forum was to present programs and initiatives that are expanding opportunities for manufacturers, like us, in and around Placer County.

I participated as a guest panelist in the discussion on the Metropolitan Export Initiative led by the... More

Propeller C Program Roadmap on Learn.Parallax.Com Parallax Wants Educator and Student Feedback on our new Learn Program!

With the launch of our C for Propeller educational program on, Parallax is running our Educators Courses in Taiwan, China, Japan, Netherlands, and of course the United States. On Friday we returned from the Netherlands only to plan another trip to China. Our Dutch course was full of 30 instructors!

We've got a very strategic goal with these... More

Me on the raft at the last Summer Hangout. Building My Own Solar Powered Raft

This summer I hosted the Parallax Summer Hangouts. The purpose of the hangout was to create a support environment, where people could bring in their projects and gather ideas and assistance from the people that attended. I really wanted to have a project of my own that would be perfect for the summer time. So, I decided to create a homemade raft. It started off with a couple of... More

Parallax founder Chip Gracey speaking on open-source microcontroller development at the 2013 OHS. Chip Gracey, Parallax Founder, Talks Open Source at MIT

It takes a village to raise a microcontroller.  So, how does Chip Gracey design a microcontroller with a small design team?  He involves the entire community.

Chip recently spoke on the topic at the 2013 Open Hardware Summit, held in the Kresge Auditorium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Propeller Microcontroller, and its upcoming successor, are designed for use in open-source hardware applications, and... More