So if someone were to rethink the portable speaker—you know, make it beautiful, handcrafted, useful, efficient, awesome, crowdfunded, and open source—where would be a good spot to do that? Yup. Portland. Meet Blueshift. And get ready to be happy about what they’re building. Read More
Fireworks on the Fourth of July are so this year. Next year, you'll want hackable smart LED lights from Lumenplay.
I’m not saying any of you would do this, but there’s always that one house on the block. That one that leaves its holiday lights up all year round. Not that they turn them on, mind you. But they’re up. Read More
Not exactly the Portland hardware renaissance for which we were hoping
Portland has always boasted a diverse group of hackers in town—hardware hackers among them. And with the growing interest, affordability, and accessibility to hardware, I’m convinced that we’re poised to see hardware go through a bit of a renaissance. Read More
Making stuff for the makers: Funded Portland startup Tindie aims to be the Etsy for hardware hackers
You’ve heard it time and time again. But it bears repeating: We Portlanders like the making. And the craft. So it only stands to reason that—as one of the leading towns on Etsy and Kickstarter and the home of XOXO—we would be a place where people make things for the makers, so that makers can make more stuff. Well, and money. Read More