Qi-Hardware weekly update 9 and 10/2010
Summary: 1)new Ben NanoNote software image delayed; 2)IDA Systems, Jaipur/India; 3) schedules for upcoming projects; 4) how to describe SAKC & Milkymist One
From the Qi Hardware Development List Wolfgang Spraul says:
---1 new Ben NanoNote software image delayed
For now our latest software image is still 20100113 (January 13), the same one you get out of the box when you buy a NanoNote. As Mirko Vogt just wrote in his mail, going forward we will try to come out with more regular images and make smaller steps each time.
---2 IDA Systems, Jaipur/India
IDA Systems in Jaipur is our distributor for India, and a recent visit to them was super exciting in that it turned out they are really committed to local production in the long run, the whole freedom and copyleft thing :-)
So while Jaipur is a bit off the beaten path in India (about 200km from the capital Delhi in northern India), what I will try to do is to talk more about the tech festivals in India that IDA Systems plans to attend. Maybe we can support them with marketing material, or just in general take things that are happening in India more serious.
There is definitely serious potential in India as a market too, and Rakshat and Zoheb from IDA Systems are the guys to keep watching.
---3 schedules for upcoming projects
The Ben NanoNote is shipping, and in stock in some countries - in great hardware quality! Now we will focus on improving software.
In parallel, our hardware engineering works on upcoming boards, and we try to make the progress as open and visible as possible on the following wiki pages:
The workload associated with all this is enormous. We are trying to establish as much commonality as possible between the projects, in terms of vendors, parts, tools, software. If you feel you can join somewhere, or you know someone who might be interested, please connect the dots. Everything is accessible.
---4 how to describe SAKC & Milkymist One
For our two new upcoming boards, there were some discussions recently about how to market them, and for now we seem to like this:
SAKC: NanoNote for hardware hackers
Milkymist One: VJ box