Let's Build Something Together!

What are the next steps in our efforts to develop a model for collaborative product development?  May I suggest?

1. TOPICS: We now have a broad and interesting range of proposed "topics" we can work on as a group. We like Arduino, sensor, and communications, IOT for applications like home automation, Aging In Place Technologies, and cool consumer products. 

2. SELECT TOPICS FOR ACTUAL WORK: We will do a group interaction to identify criteria, and then use the criteria to narrow down the topics to a short list of 2-6 that people really want to work on. I would suggest that most of us have looked at the Kickstarter campaigns, a great way to fund your project.  With respect to collaborative produce development, Quirky is very interesting--they are doing it!  Do you have an idea you want to develop?  Have you seen any project on the Instructables,  Quirky, or Kickstarter, that got you thinking?  What about some serendipitous discoveries that come to mind after seeing what all these makers, hackers and entrepreneurs are doing.  Many of you have an application for a device in a way completely different than the purpose for which is was intended. 

3. START WORKING: Let's take the first steps in actually working together in each of the selected topic areas. Let's discuss what this would mean and how we could get everyone pointed in the same direction,  Who's to say what the right direction is?

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  • Drew W.

    Thanks for all your comments. Speaking of kickstarter, some friends directed me to the following this morning that may have applicability to Aging in Place. This start up is in SF and they seem to have a pretty unique offering. The power and form factor of their board are certainly very impressive. Please check it out.
    https://www.kickstarter.com/proj...­

    April 9

    • Jim S.

      Yes, they are getting a lot of play - a friend brought it up earlier in the week and I backed it.

      April 9

  • Jim S.

    I agree 100% with Bob. Drew your comments and opinions are most welcome. Good products come from strong discussions. We don't need to just sit around saying, "that's nice." I'm interesting in hearing any ideas you have to strengthen the product. But it's also ok just to say, "I don't know why, but I don't like it."

    April 9

  • Bob G.

    Don't feel badly, Drew. This is precisely why we have the meetup and bring our ideas and prototypes along. Frankly and honestly, I feel that several great ideas were put forth to test the market. Your ideas, and Omar's and James' were all good approaches to take. Earl is the lead on the business end and I think that he has decided to take Omar's approach for a Kickstarter campaign; but this does not mean that other ideas for market analysis aren't just as valid. It is simply that the Kickstarter route, as of last evening, anyway, seems like the best fit for Earl's constraints and timetables.

    Nobody here is going to be distraught if we find out that this doesn't end up meeting the needs of any significant sized market. Some of us just want to do projects in a meaningful domain and we don't have some huge new business opportunity as our primary goals and aspirations.

    April 9

  • Omar B.

    Drew I believe what you said was right, because unless market responds to the product we should not spend fortune in the product, so Kickstarter or IndieGogo are good marker 's James you mentioned that you get the PETG Plastic Sheets coated with Semi Reflective material, can you help me with that?

    April 9

  • Drew W.

    Hi guys, I hope I was not too negative in my assessment of the commercial potential of the 'pillminder'. The problem the 'pillminder' seeks to solve is certainly very real, but I do not think the solution, as I understand it, does the trick. I felt it was my duty to sound my notes of caution and skepticism in order to discourage any excessive commitment of money or effort on any one's part.

    April 9

  • Earl P.

    I will be at the Techshop a 6 pm also. I will be setting up chairs and the overhead projector. That won't take long. I will have time to talk.

    March 16

  • Bob G.

    I'll plan to be at the Tech Shop at 6 pm. I hope that other Boomers can come early as well. Otherwise, we will have to find a schedule for a Boomers meeting in the near term that Laura can meet.

    March 15

  • Laura

    Well, since Earl knows what the idea is, perhaps I could meet with Bob and any others at Tech Shop at 6pm. Then if Earl has an opportunity he could stop by for whatever time he can.

    Does that work?

    March 15

  • Bob G.

    I plan to be at the March 19 meetup in San Carlos. I have to drive up from San Jose, but I could leave early for a 6 pm meeting at or nearby the Tech Shop San Carlos.

    March 14

  • Earl P.

    I need to setup for the meeting. I can't make a pre-meeting meeting

    March 14

  • Laura

    Are any of you attending the Tech Enhanced Life meetup with Richard Caro at the San Carlos TechShop on Wednesday March 19th at 7pm? Would anyone be interested in meeting at 6pm nearby to review ideas? In the case of my project I think it would be easier to talk about it than post it, because I would like to describe the problem to be solved and my initial suggestion for a solution - that would be a long post. We could then think about the proposals and be at the next step of discussion by April.

    March 14

  • Earl P.

    Yes that is a very good idea. Let's get some ideas up on the discussion board before the meeting.

    March 13

  • Bob G.

    Laura mentioned that she and you (Earl) have an idea. But Laura won't be at the next meeting. Could one of you please share it with us? Perhaps start a new discussion on this board? Also, I suggest that everyone with an idea start a discussion on this board before the next meeting so that we can come better prepared.

    March 13

  • Laura

    Sorry I can't make this meeting, I already have an event scheduled.

    March 13

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