Until very recently, almost all successful crowd funding camapigns were consumer electronics based. It was as if everyone in Silicon Valley was either starting a new company or giving money to help out their friends or both.
Things have expanded over the last few years. Start up denim companies have been funded with well over $500k. Movies are being produced (Veronica Mars fans rejoice!).
It follows the "Maker" trend. People want to be a part of something.
I'm really intrigued by the concept of using crowdfunding for new product ideas. This method is a fresh and innovative way to generate venture capital for the development of new products during these challenging economic times. Hats off to Scanadu for using this technique so successfully.
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
To get to a trillion sensors in the IoT that we all look forward to, there are many challenges to commercialization that still remain, including interoperability, the lack of standards, and the issue of security, to name a few.
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
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