@sam - no worries; I'll get you on the reserve list. As long as I don't boff too many builds, there should be PCBs to spare.
As for my branch, I'm good to merge that in anytime. There are a few requested ops above and I am also contemplating putting in read operators for values off of the outputs - but the latter is a sizable undertaking and I won't likely be getting to either until after I've spent some good coding time on some upcoming long business flights.
What is the best way to support you, @sam? Should I throw a pull request to the main branch?
At @tehn's suggestion, I tried heat-shrinking the i2c jumpers I'm including with the modules. What a great suggestion; not only do they look great, but watching the tubing shrink around the little connector is one of the more satisfying things in life. I might end up with a lot of extras!!
My new 3D printer just arrived (been waiting for ages) and it is amazing. I've finally printed the stencil frames that I will use to hold the boards level that have one side of components populated while I apply solder paste to the other.
This is pretty critical as the only assembly problem that I've had with the SMD reflow has been a little too much paste being applied to a board that is uneven due to the components on the flip side. Even though a couple of the boards only have a few components on them, being able to reflow all of the SMD keeps the quality very consistent and also helps me go much, much faster.
It has been awesome for me to watch @scanner_darkly play with the BETA expanders on Instagram and above. He has been great in providing feedback and identifying some firmware edge cases (with the envelopes). I really appreciate his support!! Not only is he helping provide everyone with a more solid set of expanders, but it is motivating as hell for me to see something that I've been working on for the last year start to get some creative use.
I can't wait till all of you that reserved them get a chance to use them creatively. There is still some real time until I can assemble and ship the production units; just know how excited I am to be able to share them with you. Thanks for all of the support and good vibes!!