Quoted from Whysnow:
I have spoken with the colordmd guys about a cheaper and non-game specific "un-colorized" version.
I belive they would like to do that in the future but they are still having a hard enough time sourcing parts just to fullfill need for the game specific verisons.
Fingers crossed for that in the future...
Well, I would imagine if they offered a product line of just non-game specific ColorDMD's, they could buy their screens and other parts needed in much larger bulk at a better discount.
That would work, but there are a few drawbacks I can see:
1) The LED board's native state is gold, according to the pics. You'd have a gold background and therefore not much contrast. Nevermind the fact that even when the game is off, you'd have a gold screen.
2) There's a great chance you'd end up with a screen like Xpin's LED screens, with grid lines. Some people don't care, but others(including myself) do. Unless the edges of these panels have half the distance of the internal LED interstitials, you'll get grid lines.
3) After the cost of these things and time to hash out all the board-work, then make a printed board for it, you'll probably end up at the same cost, if not more, of what ColorDMD will hopefully charge for something like this.
4) All ColorDMD really seems to be doing is using a small LCD TV screen(think headrests of Escalades) and replicating the dot matrix effect. I'm guessing it'd just take someone who's an excellent programmer to convert digital signals of light intensities to a graphical matrix for display using a standard TV screen. Simple enough, right?
Now that I've written these down, herg, you're gonna do it just to prove me wrong, huh?! Either that or you're going to look into making something custom for yourself....
Ultimately, this is essentially going backwards, technologically, for ColorDMD. All they'd need are the parts and to create a list of games they'll work on and bam, instant sales. But the price would have to be WAY less than $400 to be viable.