- Contextual Electronics is up and running! You can still join in the “audit” tier, if interested.
- Chinese New Year is coming, affecting production for many electronics companies.
- Dave enjoyed the NSA gadget catalog (even though Chris and Greg Charvat talked about it 3 episodes ago!). It reminds Dave of the movie “Enemy of the State“.
- Dave’s kickstarter is starting to ship out. In fact, his next round of boards is at the assembly house, run by a project backer/EEVblog fan.
- Chris is super jazzed about the beta version of Circuit Hub Fabrication.
- Dave got one of the first uArm Robots! Looks like a fun new gadget!
- The cost of testing can impact the overall price of your project. Designing with decent tolerance parts can help remove the need to (extensively) test.
- Google bought Nest for $3.2B. What the hell?
- Nest actually acts as a wifi host in order to configure getting it onto your home network. New devices aim to be “point and connect”.
- Wiki paged containing a list of companies Google has bought. Nest was the second biggest behind Motorola Mobility, the cellphone division (for $12.5B)
- Is this all just a money scheme for big VCs? It’s crazy to think how much money is pushed around. And that’s not all…CEOs in silicon valley conspired to keep wages down.
- Dilbert attempts to explain why wages stagnate.
- The new film Jobs was a bit of an dramatic exaggeration. Woz spoke out about it on Google+. He’s also working on a script of the events from his perspective.
Thanks to Alpha for the picture of the cuckoo clocks