Today, there is a growing trend today in DIY as evidenced by the ten of thousands attending the2013 Maker Faire in the Bay Area last month. “The Faire draws tinkerers, inventors, artists, engineers, Burners — and those who love to see their work. A knot of traffic surrounded the fairgrounds stretching out to the freeway as an estimated 100,000 attended the two-day event2. Why all this “hullabaloo” on DIY?”
I have seen several articles (see list below), which tend to explain this DIY culture as being fueled by Moore’s law, the Internet, and the ease of information in tutorials and “YouTube Video”. In our generation we didn’t have the low cost computer power, easy access to information and “bread boarding ” resources, which are available to today’s tinkerers, inventors, artists, and engineers.
Will this DIY trend spark life from bankruptcy into Heath Kit? Take a look at the survey (see Figure 1 & 2) and the Heath Kit FAQ web link.In any event, I selected a low cost entry-level Mini-USB kit form PJRC for $19 (not including shipping). The Teensy USB Development Board is a complete USB-based micro-controller development system. Version 3.0 features a 32-bit ARM processor as shown in Figure 3. If you have any other suggestions or ideas please email me.
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