Lots has been happening on the Boldport front. There's 'cuttlefish', an educational board made for Embecosm
; 'deadwood', a tribute to the cordwood
PCB assembly from the 1960s, which will be sold by oomlaut
as a kit!; 'logical', a board for PSHDL
/ Kasten Becker, which I'm late to deliver on; 'iron' and 'case', exciting secretive projects for an unnamed client; 'breakout', an engineer's emergency kit doubling as a business card; 'pease-cfch', a simplified 'pease
' made for The Centre for Computing History
that will be sold as kits; and, 'star', a simple experimental circuit for Star Simpson
. These are the ongoing projects, and there are several exciting new ones in the concept stage.
|The 'deadwood' board, a tribute to the cordwood construction. This board can be plugged into an Arduino header to control all eight LEDs individually.|
If you've been following @boldport
, you'd know that the application for YCombinator
Winter 2014 funding was rejected. I was expecting that, but it was well worth a try. They do not provide feedback
, so I can't tell what exactly they didn't like. If Boldport's story improves, and the situation's right maybe I'll apply for the next round. Against their recommendation, I neglected to save a local copy of my application; otherwise I would have published it here. The application video contains some things I'm not yet ready to talk about publicly.
I'm excited about CERN's investment in KiCad
-- an inten developer for a year; I have a feeling that this is a significant step towards a robust open source CAD/EDA tools that can rival proprietary tools and their backwards ways
. I'm particularly interested in how this will work out since I'm trying to pull something that hasn't really been successful before -- an open source engineering tool developed and maintained by a (profitable) commercial company. I find it hard to convince business types that this might actually work -- to be honest, I'm still convincing myself, and it might not
work! -- because everything pulls towards the established closed-source model.
While we're on the topic of business, I'll mention PCBmodE's "donation" page
. It's a way for you to support PCBmodE's development by buying something at an outrageously marked-up price. So if you like what we're trying to do, and find PCBmodE useful or interesting, please consider buying something.