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    After Oculus: Crowdfunding At A Crossroads

    By Girish Mhatre | March 29, 2014

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    Oculus VR, the maker of the eagerly anticipated virtual reality headset, made a killing — $2 billion – in selling itself to Facebook last week, but left its early supporters feeling betrayed. They’re not happy and they’re taking it out on, not only on Oculus and Facebook (whom they hate with a passion) but also on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platform through which the hardware maker raised a large sum of money.

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      Next great industrial revolution on bedrock of advanced materials, printing, manufacturing

      Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 3.23.52 PMThe future is made of advanced materials.

      From manufacturing to 3D printing to the maker movement, a new wave of 3-D  prototyping and processing techniques, crowd production possibilities, and stunning new material sciences breakthroughs  is reshaping how things – everything – will be made in the future.

      It’s a technology curve familiar to silicon designers and semiconductor engineers who have long experienced the exigencies of  manufacturing three-dimensional structures that include as many as 30 layers of complex circuitry.

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        Arduino chip-sized plug-in device has OLED digital display for sensors, readout, programmable apps

        Arduino is an amazing open-source engineering platform, a favorite for hardware 2.0 engineers interested in building flexible prototypes. A good example is MicroView, makers of the chip-sized plug-in device, above, that lets you see exactly what your Arduino is thinking, via a built-in OLED display. The oscilloscope display shown here is just one of potentially countless micro-display capabilities envisioned by its engineer inventors.

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          New York’s online Grand Street serves burgeoning sub-industry of city’s creative electronics sector

          rp_140313112323-makerbot-factory-620xa.jpgNew York’s hip, creative electronics hardware 2.0 scene now has a cool new marketplace on Grand St.

          But this Grand St. is not the Grand Street of Chinatown fame, rather it’s an online Etsy clone, a new marketplace for innovative new hardware creations.

          According to co-founder Amanda Peyton and a recent CNNMoney report “there are tens of thousands of independent hardware startups out there, making cool new consumer electronics and gadgets that can’t be found in stores.

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            Semiconductor makers court disruptive hardware 2.0 engineers with prototyping, development support

            Semiconductor makers today are scrambling to catch the next wave of hardware 2.0 opportunities across a broad range of applications and new development sources coming out of the burgeoning crowdfunding/maker movement.

            Intel recently hired its youngest intern Joey Hudy, the 16-year-old maker who brought his marshmallow air cannon into the oval office, a whiz kid whose motto is: “Don’t be bored.

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              B2B: How Long Will The Content Honeymoon Last?

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              B2B marketers rank content marketing as the “most exciting digital opportunity of 2014, “ according to a recent study. Almost a quarter of the study’s B2B respondents give it top billing. B2C marketers on the other hand are not so enthusiastic. Only 11% of B2c marketers rate content as most exciting, far behind their top choice: the mobile platform opportunity.

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                Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) music stage booming, but tech display, in a vacuum, sucks

                 

                Southwest Interactive in Austin, TX  claims it is trying to expand its focus from apps and social media to tactile technology, particularly Hardware 2.0 and related hands-on, maker trends.

                The effort is a miserable failure.

                This week the ‘Interactive’ portion of SXSW drew about 30,000 people, more than the original Music and Film portions of the festival. 

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                  Will Radio Shack, which survived and thrived in the PC era, make it to the next great industrial revolution

                  Radio Shack was hoping its star-studded Superbowl ad would buoy its sagging image. But ever since it released its bad news earnings a few weeks after, along with word that the electronics retailer will close 1,100 stores, blunt financial analysts, headline writers and bloggers couldn’t find anything positive to say.

                  “Radio Shack’s time has passed…it is a dinosaur…Ultimately, I think it’ll go out of business,” is how Morris Ajzenman, an analyst at Griffen Securities Inc.put it.