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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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Let’s Get This Party Kickstarted

Posted on 10/24/14 at 12:25 PM by kevin

kevin
I've also heard of cases where being over-funded turned out to be a curse. The project team under-estimated the cost of their widget, and ended up having a slight loss on each of their units for their Kickstarter supporters.

Since they got dramatically…

Grabbing Keys Out of Thin Air

Posted on 10/22/14 at 4:00 PM by steverino

There is a long history of security solutions getting better as security flaws are publicised.

What is to keep someone from implementing an unecessary set of 32 bit wide parity registers for a lot of sensitive data. Even if you can see power signatures…

Clever carpet "printer" brushes pictures onto your rugs

Posted on 10/21/14 at 3:56 AM by BobbyNaylor

These rugs are so cool.I would like to have this type of rug one at my home so I will search out at http://carpetinmotion.com/denver-hardwood-floors/.

New Sound in Town

Posted on 10/20/14 at 10:06 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think about Vesper's piezoelectric approach to MEMS microphones?

New Chips are HIPP

Posted on 10/20/14 at 7:13 AM by dougafpga

Dick, I hadn't heard of Gartner (I guess it was Dataquest back then) coming up with the acronym FPGA.
I do recall Xilinx and MMI (their second source) briefly using the term PGA (when presumably they felt that LCA was not a broad enough term) but of cou…

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