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?