Well, I agree with you, it seems also the trend started initially by our needs for customizing personal objects, including electronic devices and transfering similar attitude to microelectronics, right way for doing that should be to conceive special pack for delivering of gitfing. As Laurie reported, especially for young people, there are several possibilities for providing creations, ideas or attending contexts with the chance for receiving payments which could allow them some indipendency from parents, in a such way.
I think this is a pretty cool program as well; as is element14's efforts in DIY. In general, electronics distribution is bridging the gap betwwen the stuff you'd buy at Radio Shack and the 'industrial" side of things. There's no reason why hobbyists and modders shouldn't buy from this channel--I just don't think anyone really reached out to them before.
I was skeptical about Pinterest, too, until recently. Pinterest is a great place for kits because each pinboard would highlight the components that comprise the kit. The photos of the components click-through to the manufacturer's website to provide more information on specs. The site is purely a marketing machine. Once Pinterest integrates ad targeting, the boards will pretty much provide the data to create audience segments for targeting.
Well, in my opinion there is an additional aspect to consider and it is about on line distributors for customizing, at the beginning business cards and so on; as of today they are migrating in allowing the on line design and customization of friendly objects, especially kits for home or personal (micro-devices). I believe they could act as an additional player of this game.
This is a very interesting and fun idea. Encouraging a ground up swell of design involvement might just be that innovative idea to start a new trend. I look forward to seeing how others respond to this development.
It is a great way to identify new talent. Not every designer/developer gets recruited in a reputable firm. However, designing components is not an easy task. It requires considerable hardwork. Many will backout due to the risk that their design might remain unsold and their hardwork goes drowned. Plus there isnt long term job security in the task until many companies like Jameco step into crowdsourcing designs.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
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