- After returning from Serbia, Chris met and hung out with Kenji Larsen at the TechCrunch Hackathon in NYC. He brought an amazing suitcase full of hardware.
- Hackathons are a young man (or woman)’s game. Chris was not happy in the morning.
- One chip that was used in the hackathon (and many other places since) was the ESP8266. Still no idea where this comes from…but it’s cheap!
- Dave made a vide about the newly updated data about solar roadways:
- South Korea does covered solar bike paths instead of roadways. It seems like a much better solution.
- Telsa recently released the Powerwall, which is touted as a great (and sleek) way to store the power from your solar panels. The NYTimes wrote about it as well.
- Chris has a friend that claims the Apple Watch will obviate all other wearables.
- Wearables in general will have a tenuous future. The Intel Curie is interesting, but likely not going to have longevity.
- Micrel is being bought by Microchip.
- Dave asked why the small fabs in China aren’t being bought by larger (non Chinese) companies. Chris says it’s because the rules of China require the owner be a Chinese national (in name at least). There is also the concept of a WOFE.
- The consolidation doesn’t stop with Microchip buying Micrel…ST Micro announced they will stop their manufacturing past 16 nm.
- There have been a couple of public hardware failures including Wattage and Ninja Blocks. This has always happened but it’s more public now because they are being funded via crowdfunding.
- There is generally a larger focus on startups, especially wrt hardware. In popular culture there is the startup podcast and Silicon Valley talking about a lot of the issues.
- Chris has been working on modular development for his robot modules. This was partially inspired by Nadya’s episode of The Amp Hour.
- We didn’t get a chance to talk about all the great stories this week. Dave brought up the fact that we have each story posting to @theamphour via the service IFTTT
Thanks to Jill Clardy for the picture of the path that looks like it’s covered in solar cells.