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Power to the People: Hardware Hacking for the Masses
Andrew Huang, Chumby Industries

Track: Hardware
Date: Thursday, February 12
Time: 11:45am - 12:30pm
Location: Plaza

Hardware hacking fell out of the domain of individuals, small corporations, and hobbyists during the huge push for higher integration in the 1990s. With the slowing of Moore's law and a depressed economy, hardware hacking is once again coming into the reach of individuals.

This talk will discuss some of the latest trends that are enabling us to realize our dream projects in hardware, and enabling us to draw the cloak of hardware secrecy and peer into the internal workings of our machines. This includes, but is not limited to, board fabrication, FPGAs, multi-project chip fabrication, contract plastic molding, low-cost microprocessors and development kits, and the component distribution infrastructure that is hobbyist-friendly.

This talk will also discuss some of the political motivations for hardware hacking, and why it is important to have in society an element of well-informed, capable hardware hackers that are not bound to the doctrine of any corporation or government.

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