For those interested, there is now a transcript available for episode 125.
Welcome, Ian from Dangerous Prototypes!
- Ian created the Bus Pirate and was later convinced to start selling it while he was a contributor to Hack a Day.
- It and all the other Dangerous Prototypes parts are sold through Seeed Studio, in Shenzhen China.
- All Dangerous Prototypes hardware is OSHW and is not released under a license. They consider it to be public domain.
- Ian got re-started on hardware while in grad school working on Berkeley Smartdust (with TinyOS), which was not user friendly at the time.
- These days Ian has been travelling to many of the Maker Faires around the world and showcasing the marketplaces and the hackerspaces nearby on YouTube.
- He recently interviewed Mitch from Hackvana about navigating the Shenzhen supply chain:
- Ian has a made presentation about how to get your open hardware manufactured, based on a talk given at Maker Faires and elsewhere
- The PIC24 has programmable pins for reassignment after layout. Convenient!
- The Bus Blaster is a product that allows you to debug your JTAG chain.
- The ATX power supply breakout board turns your old computer supplies into a low cost bench supply!
- If you’d like to get a case for your designs, you can now use the Dangerous Prototypes standardized “Sick of Beige” Case, based on their standardized board outlines.
- There is work done for the open source USB stack, since USB stacks have a sketchy history
- The 7400 Series Logic competition was a success this year, but may be put on hold for a while. Next year might be a test equipment design competition!