Have you ever tried making a robot and spent endless hours searching for the right component & testing its feasibility? Did you ever get stuck with a code or a circuit which you thought was correct but unfortunately it didn’t work? Have you ever tried searching for an economical way of testing your project’s response and ended up wasting valuable resources on expensive oscilloscopes, function generators or data acquisition systems? Do you often get frustrated with complex wiring and find it burdensome to debug your project? Have you ever felt that it takes ridiculously large amount of time and money to buy numerous components and build complex circuits to help your student make a project or help your child take her first step towards making for improving her STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills?
These problems become a daily headache for makers around the world; makers such as students, teachers, hobbyists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers and professionals. A maker’s life is challenging, but the challenges they face make them crucial to innovation and technology development. Let us look at some statistics to speculate scale of the problem. There are around 135 million adult makers in United States alone, excluding children and teens interested in STEM and tinkering. The maker movement pumps in roughly $29 billion in the US economy every year. That’s huge! As per Make: and Intel’s maker market study, 70% of the makers are involved in developing hardware projects, and 53% are using a micro-controller. They are well connected and are supportive of each other. 86% of those who obtain money from investors, crowdfunding, fellow makers or somewhere else pledge money to other makers. ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) believes that robotics is the second most popular field for offering opportunities to engineers.
The maker movement pumps in roughly $29 billion in the US economy every year.
So what are all these makers using? Arduino has lead this revolution and ended up transforming the maker community to a more innovative and productive one. It offers a wide variety of options and add-ons which can possibly solve every problem a maker has. But what comes after Arduino? Though Arduino is a very crucial part of any project, the makers need more! More simplification, more flexibility and more integration. An informed choice of hardware, carefully planned circuits, flawless mechanical design and tremendous efforts in analysis and debugging are needed to build any project. And prior to all that, an evolved skill set is necessary. On the path of makers, the journey to success is never an easy one.
As makers ourselves, we have spent plenty of time in developing the relevant skills, in learning how different things work and in figuring out which of these can help us turn our idea into reality, let alone building the project. Even after all our sincere efforts, things don’t usually work the way they should. Now we would be investing time in figuring out why they didn’t work and then re-iterate everything over a very long time. It’s difficult, demanding and frustrating at the same time. We definitely needed a one stop solution to help us in this process by making it easier and interesting, transforming the cumbersome process of making to a fun-filled learning experience, a device to harness and enhance all the potential Arduino has to offer. Something magical for the maker magicians!
We need something magical for the maker magicians!
What if there existed another way, a way to learn quickly and effortlessly. What if you no more have to face these problems which you’ve been facing since time immemorial. What if there were affordable alternatives available for analyzing and debugging. What if there was one product which could act as a learning and teaching tool, a perfect research platform and an easy to use professional debugging equipment. What if you had everything in one small portable open-source device. Wouldn’t it make your life easier?
What if there were affordable alternatives for analyzing, debugging and learning?
Let these questions sink in for a while. Phew! It’s tough, you, me and every other maker around the world awaits a solution. Turns out there is one, all you need to do is wait for our next post!