Chris Anderson wrote Makers and went from editor-in-chief of Wired to CEO of 3D Robotics, making his hobby his side job and then making it his main job.
A new executive at Motorola Mobility, a division of Google, said that Google seeks to “googlify” hardware. By that he meant that devices would be inexpensive, if not free, and that the data created or accessed by them would be open. Motorola wants to build a truly hackable cellphone, one that makers might have ideas about what to do with it.
Regular hardware startup meetups, which started in San Francisco and New York, are now held in Boston, Pittsburgh, Austin, Chicago, Dallas and Detroit. I’m sure there are other American cities. Melbourne, Stockholm and Toronto are also organizing hardware meetups. Hardware entrepreneurs want to find each other and learn from each other.
Hardware-oriented incubators and accelerators are launching on both coasts in America, and in China.
The market for personal 3D printers and 3D printing services has really taken off. 3D printer startups continue to launch, and all of them seem to have trouble keeping up with demand. MakerBot is out raising money. Shapeways raised $30 million in a new round of financing announced this week.
Makers are discovering that the Raspberry PI, developed for educational uses, can fit into some interesting commercial niches.
Design software is getting better, and less expensive, if not free, although the developers of TinkerCad announced that they were abandoning it.
This year’s Hardware Innovation Workshop, held May 14-15 at the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, Calif., during the week leading up to Maker Faire Bay Area, will provide a deep dive into the new world of hardware startups. You’ll learn what VCs are thinking about hardware startups, which startups got funding and why. You’ll meet dozens of newly formed startups that haven’t launched yet. You’ll also learn from maker case studies and from the founders of hardware incubators.
Among our speakers are:
- Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones
- Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino
- Robert Faludi, collaborative strategy leader at Digi International
- Bunnie Huang, co-founder of Chumby
- Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO of Quirky
- Scott Miller, CEO and co-founder of Dragon Innovation
- Alice Taylor, founder, Makie Lab
- John Park, COO/GM, AQS
- Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk
- Ted Hall, CEO of ShopBot
Learn more about the Hardware Innovation Workshop. O’Reilly Radar readers can register using the code “RADAR13” and save $100.