Products over Patents

November 29th, 2015

NPR’s Audrey Quinn from Planet Money explores IP in the age of rapid manufacturing by investigating the two-wheel self balancing scooter. When patent paperwork takes more time and resources than product production, more agile systems of idea sharing evolve to keep up with the new pace of innovation.

If the embedded audio player above isn’t working, try this link. Seems like the embed isn’t working outside the US…

MLTalk with Joi Ito, Nadya Peek and me

November 28th, 2015

I gave an MLTalk at the MIT Media Lab this week, where I disclose a bit more about the genesis of the Orchard platform used to build, among other things, the Burning Man sexually generated light pattern badge I wrote about a couple months back.

The short provocation is followed up by a conversation with Joi Ito, the Director of the Media Lab, and Nadya Peek, a renowned expert in digital fabrication from the CBA (and incidentally, the namesake of the Peek Array in the Novena laptop) about supply chains, digital fabrication, trustability, and things we’d like to see in the future of low volume manufacturing.

I figured I’d throw a link here on the blog to break the monotony of name that wares. Sorry for the lack of new posts, but I’ve been working on a couple of books and magazine articles in the past months (some of which have made it to print: IEEE Spectrum, Wired) which have consumed most of my capacity for creative writing.

Name that Ware November 2015

November 28th, 2015

This month’s ware is shown below:

And below are views of the TO-220 devices which are folded over in the top-down photo:

We continue this month with the campaign to get Nava Whiteford permission to buy a SEM. Thanks again to Nava for providing another interesting ware!

Winner, Name that Ware October 2015

November 28th, 2015

The ware for October 2015 was a Lecroy LT342L. Nava notes that it was actually manufactured by Iwatsu, but the ASICs on the inside all say LeCroy. Congrats to Carl Smith for nailing it, email me for your prize and happy Thanksgiving!

Name that Ware October 2015

October 27th, 2015

The Ware for October 2015 is shown below.

…and one of the things that plugs into the slots visible in the photo above as an extra hint…

Thanks again to Nava Whiteford for sharing this ware. Visit his blog and help him get permission from his wife to buy a SEM!