I never thought I would get caught up in the idea of building my own open source microcontroller, but lately I’ve been dreaming about it. Last week I dreamt that I met some women at a party in Brooklyn (waking life: I live in New Mexico) and they showed me this beautiful new board they had built. As they were explaining all the cool I/O , I woke up, super bummed that it was a dream and that hardware didn’t exist.
Over the last few months, we’ve been compiling data on expanding field of open source microcontrollers, not with any expectation that my love of the simple, perfect arduino Uno would be displaced, but because I’m curious about this emerging arena. Who is putting so much time and money to bring a$15 boards to the market? Also: many of them suck and just don’t work. (When I read Emile Petrone’s post , “We Need More Embarrassing Hardware”, I could kind of see his point, I also want to say No.We.Do.Not.) There is plenty of sloppy hardware out there, and later on I might name names.
Radio Shack had a soldering/hobby booth at the New York Maker Faire (which I couldn’t get to, and it was back to back with the open hardware summit- which i will NOT MISS next year please note).
People of all ages soldering!
The DIY electronics/ interactivity world is growing and changing all the time- it’s really heartening because generally I find that the world is constricting, conforming, and becoming a harder place to live. The constant barrage of terrible news about the economy, world politics…etc is so awful that maybe, just maybe the idea of sitting down and getting lost in a project like building a pillow that allows you to tell it your dreams (and it records them) when you first wake up seems like a better way to spend your time. Has any body made that pillow? I’m thinking of doing it but I’m pretty sure it would mostly end up recording pug snores. Anyway, solder on, people. I’m off to make a pillowtype prototype.