Design Con 2015
Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
rick merritt
User Rank
Author
re: A new way to design and build electronics?
rick merritt   6/22/2012 7:17:51 PM
NO RATINGS
Next step, open manufacturing. See http://sciencefriday.com/segment/06/22/2012/can-3d-printers-reshape-the-world.html

cdhmanning
User Rank
Rookie
re: A new way to design and build electronics?
cdhmanning   6/21/2012 2:27:19 AM
NO RATINGS
There is a thin line between scam and investing. Anyone old enough to remember the old-days internet and pre-internet email, usenet and such will remember that a good 99% of the people involved were genuine and an incredibly small minority would do anything criminal or malicious. Now 30% or more of the internet traffic is spam and other criminal content. Of course there will be genuine crowd funding exercises, but there will be scams too and, just like phishing sites, it will be hard to tell the difference. There does not seem to be much control to prevent someone taking the invested money and just announcing 6 months later that all the money was spent and the idea didn't work. Unfortunately it does not take many bad apples to wreck an otherwise good idea.

I_B_GREEN
User Rank
Rookie
re: A new way to design and build electronics?
I_B_GREEN   6/20/2012 6:57:14 PM
NO RATINGS
And if it is just a fad but learning take place where it otherwise would not then it is still in the positive overall.

I_B_GREEN
User Rank
Rookie
re: A new way to design and build electronics?
I_B_GREEN   6/20/2012 6:56:03 PM
NO RATINGS
I think it is both. crowd sourcing investment is a I2I type arraingment cutting out the middle man. Whether middle man add value over time is in great debate. but you are on your own and if one did not bet the farm on one product the return can be very good.

Alix
User Rank
Rookie
re: A new way to design and build electronics?
Alix   6/20/2012 2:01:09 PM
NO RATINGS
Another facet to this is the sheer ability for a person or small group of people to create and develop a product using insanely powerful and functional (yet inexpensive) tools from software to 3D printing, with easy access to contract manufacturing. One can almost launch a product from their credit card.

chanj0
User Rank
CEO
re: A new way to design and build electronics?
chanj0   6/19/2012 9:32:25 PM
NO RATINGS
It's another form of crowd sourcing. Instead of sourcing information, knowledge and talent, Kickstarter helps young entrepreneur source fund to start a new business. What interest me the most is how these "investors" know the product is not a scam. In addition, what if the product is not delivered.

R0ckstar
User Rank
Rookie
re: A new way to design and build electronics?
R0ckstar   6/19/2012 5:56:23 PM
NO RATINGS
You have to remember, these are not actually purchases. Technically, they are "investments", with all the risks associated with investing. This risk is traditionally borne by VC's, which in this case is you on a much more modest economic scale. If your intent is not an open ended investment, then kickstarter is not for you. Personally, I find kickstarter much more satisfying than Vegas, and your odds are better as well.

Baabu
User Rank
Rookie
re: A new way to design and build electronics?
Baabu   6/19/2012 9:20:21 AM
NO RATINGS
I doubt how this works, with so many fraudulent activities taking over on internet, how can a customer believes in a non-existent product and purchase it. Strange. What happens to the people who have pre-purchased and that number is not sufficient to really make the product.

rick merritt
User Rank
Author
re: A new way to design and build electronics?
rick merritt   6/19/2012 6:36:01 AM
NO RATINGS
I heard of Kickstarter and contributed to a CD in the works there by Bay Area singer/songwriter Mark Lemaire (plug), but not their peers in China. Very interesting. It may take a big splash with a system success born out of these Web 2.0 sites to get this new design channel on to the radar screen of the rest of the industry...or a few more of your blogs!

cdhmanning
User Rank
Rookie
re: A new way to design and build electronics?
cdhmanning   6/19/2012 2:25:13 AM
NO RATINGS
I wonder whether this is just a fad for people desperately trying to be a cool internet person or whether the idea really has legs. It looks like a great way to fund some types of project, but looks dubious for others. I wonder how you can tell?

Page 1 / 2   >   >>


Top Comments of the Week
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
<b><a href=Betajet">

The Circle – The Future's Imperfect in the Present Tense
Betajet
5 comments
The Circle, a satirical, dystopian novel published in 2013 by San Francisco-based writer Dave Eggers, is about a large, very powerful technology company that combines aspects of Google, ...

Max Maxfield

Recommended Reads From the Engineer's Bookshelf
Max Maxfield
30 comments
I'm not sure if I read more than most folks or not, but I do I know that I spend quite a lot of time reading. I hate to be idle, so I always have a book or two somewhere about my person -- ...

Martin Rowe

Make This Engineering Museum a Reality
Martin Rowe
Post a comment
Vincent Valentine is a man on a mission. He wants to make the first house to ever have a telephone into a telephone museum. Without help, it may not happen.

Rich Quinnell

Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
16 comments
As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

Special Video Section
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
10:29
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...
Why culture makes Linear Tech a winner.
Recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium ...
Specially modified Corvette C7 Stingray responds to ex Indy ...
Avago’s ACPL-K30T is the first solid-state driver qualified ...
NXP launches its line of multi-gate, multifunction, ...
Doug Bailey, VP of marketing at Power Integrations, gives a ...
See how to ease software bring-up with DesignWare IP ...
DesignWare IP Prototyping Kits enable fast software ...
This video explores the LT3086, a new member of our LDO+ ...
In today’s modern electronic systems, the need for power ...