Welcome, Bunnie Huang!
- Bunnie is the hardware designer behind the Chumby family of products.
- He also wrote a book about his experience of Hacking the Xbox. He got a little help from some friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
- He also recently released the NeTV, which was met with some DMCA resistance due to the method in which he injects pixels.
- You can get chumby/NeTV hacker kits over at adafruit.
- He gets to go to some of the electronics markets, such as the SEG market in Shenzhen.
- Ian from Dangerous Prototypes went to the Japanese version of this market recently:
- While in the SEG market, you can even buy an iPhone schematic!
- Bunnie discussed Moore’s law (and the breakdown thereof) at the OSHW conference and we discussed on episode 61 of The Amp Hour (with Jeff!), around 20 minutes in.
- We asked why he decided to use Marvell chips, as opposed to a more open chip company like Freescale (in relative terms).
Thanks again to Bunnie for taking the time to talk about his work and his philosophy on design. We hope you all enjoyed listening as much as we enjoyed talking to him! Please leave any unanswered questions in the comments and we’ll try to follow up by next week!
Note: We changed the encoded volume of the podcast so we don’t blow anyone’s eardrums out when they jump from their favorite NPR podcast (Car Talk, duh) to ours or whatever else you’re listening to. Sorry if this has been an issue in the past.
Thanks to Joi Ito for the image of Bunnie