cbell39 wrote:Yes I have read that article and many others like it. I've actually been kindof worried about spending time and money on something that google will just come out and replace, but that's what being a maker is all about I guess: trying it out on your own. So ya, from the articles I know that there is alot of interest in the consumer market. I am looking for how large the interest is specifically in the adafruit community.
Just because Google might make it doesn't mean it will be a success. Success to them means if millions buy it. I don't think they will produce it if only thousands buy it. The probability is that such a product will need long term development and they won't want to provide it.
The other issue is that big companies shouldn't be allowed to own the hobby market. Just because Microsoft tried to get a software patent on double clicking the mouse doesn't mean that other programmers shouldn't be allowed to write programs to read the mouse because that would be creating a monopoly.
The hobby market exists so that children and everyone can learn and have fun doing it so don't give up because google is probably going to lose interest.
Success means if you beat google to a good product, they will employ you and buy your patents.