- Chris is traveling and thinking about his portalab once again. This may require a set of modular test equipment built into the case.
- Perhaps a “MIDI for control surfaces” for portable test equipment would be a good solution going forward?
- Dave’s intern, also named Dave, has been working out well. He has been using SolidWorks to design a case for a project. 3d design skills continue to be valuable in the marketplace.
- New CAD makers have been entering the market. Extremely well funded OnShape has a browser based CAD tool (similar to Upverter) that has been in development for 3 years. Perhaps this is the future?
- Chris has been learning Autodesk Fusion 360, also free to use for new folks
- Giving away student licenses seems like a no brainer. Dave’s intern learned Altium and Solidworks because it was free to students. Chris mentioned that small companies may struggle even giving away their software.
- Chris wrote about using Github and KiCad together. This continues to be a good tool combination.s
- The Arduino group has been embroiled in trademark legal issues. Read about it from Massimo here or from the court documents here.
- This has interesting implications in the (open) hardware industry as people/companies will likely:
- Get more paranoid about up front agreements.
- Innovate and collaborate less openly because of potential downsides.
- Mooooore consolidation in the electronics industry
- You can dream up new circuits…using psychedelics? Chris has used a floatation tank to think about control system problems.
Thanks to BusinessSarah for the Venn diagram picture