- Chris has been working on Contextual Electronics for 2 years.
- Dave has been busy with his new project, Huxley!
- Atmel is apparently shopping around for buyers. This may have something to do with their margins being similar to grocery stores.
- This comes at a time of other huge mergers and acquisitions
- Apparently OnSemi and Microchip put together a hostile bid back in 2008.
- Companies getting bought always has the looming threat of not being able to buy parts after the company changes. Chris mentioned this can create interesting scenarios where replacement projects require solutions like FPGAs.
- Dave recently tore down a Sony Walkman, which had some interesting single in line packages.
- These can get 8 hours battery life on alkaline batteries. Dave has been talking about batteries lately:
- The DARPA robotics challenge happened recently. Teams programmed humanoid robots to complete a series of tasks like walking through doorways, turning a water valve and driving a car.
- It was about as fun watching the robots fall over as it was watching the best robots win.
- We have talked about the $9 CHIP board in the past, Olimex debunks some of the cost using quotes from the chip maker.
- The WiFi charger is back in the news, but there is some solid analysis by physicists as well.
- We are put off by the struggle over “the OS for IoT”. Google is trying with their Brillo platform.
- Chris gets to tour SpaceX! They recently took $1B from investors (mainly Google/Fidelity) to raise money for building satellites.
- Limor (from adafruit) did a great interview with Paul Horowitz. There was also a text interview with both AoE authors on E14.
- The Open Hardware Summit was announced and will be on September 19th in Philadelphia.
- The Amp Hour t-shirt in black is once again available for purchase (for a limited time). For a short time, you may also be able to buy the Solder Jockey t-shirt.
- Chris will be speaking at Solid in two weeks, if you’re there say hi!
Thanks to debaird for the image!