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Is Crowdfunding a Good Option For Your Million-Dollar Idea?

by Larra Morris

“More ideas are lost than found.” That was Maker Faire co-founder Dale Doughtery’s response to a reporter’s question about intellectual property concerns in the show-and-tell environment of the World Maker Faire (quoted in Kevin Morris’s terrific article about the faire). This simple statement seems especially true in the world of engineering.  How many ideas for new projects, new start-up companies, and new inventions never make it out of their would-be inventor’s brain? The electrical engineering industry has probably produced millions of lost ideas. Some of these lost ideas may be better off never becoming a reality, but it’s almost certain that there are some truly brilliant or even genius ideas that never come to fruition. 

Getting a new idea off the ground can be particularly difficult in this industry, where the inventions and innovations tend to be technical and complicated. Trying to find investors and funding for a project is no picnic for any inventor or innovator, but it can get especially tricky when you’re trying to explain complex electrical engineering concepts to, say, the panel on “Shark Tank.”  Read More


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I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/30/14 at 6:24 PM by Lord Loh.

Lord Loh.
What is a counterfeit FTDI chip? USB to serial chips are generic. So are these chips that have their VID set to FTDI? And what exactly was being counterfeit? Was it just malefic labelling a generic USB to serial devices as FTDI and using their VID?

If …

Let’s Get This Party Kickstarted

Posted on 10/30/14 at 3:23 PM by bmoyer

bmoyer
I saw a presentation today at the Touch Gesture Motion conference by a company called Tactonics where the speaker asserted that most crowdfunding efforts aren't in fact about raising funds - they could get the funds in other ways.

Instead, they're simp…

I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/30/14 at 3:17 PM by Jim Turley

Jim Turley
> I just hope they made sure that the end users knew what went wrong.

Okay, but *how* will end users know what went wrong?

For example, my wife's FitBit stopped working a few weeks ago. Was it because of a counterfeit USB chip, or was it just a coi…

I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/30/14 at 1:36 AM by Noam

Well done FTDI. I just hope they made sure that the end users knew what went wrong.

End users who bought a device claimed to be legitimate, should ask/sue the seller for a replacement or money-back since the end product is faulty.
The seller should al…

I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/29/14 at 11:10 AM by dougwithau

I also feel FTDI did no wrong here.
Really they were lucky they could tell the difference between their chip and the counterfeits, and could disable them.
Far worse are counterfeits that identify themselves as larger or better memories, but really are …

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