If we’ve learned anything from Tesla over the past decade, it’s that no matter how innovative and disruptive your product might be, manufacturing safe hardware is hard. Building anything in high volume is a challenge that’s significantly amplified by the complexity of vehicles. Traditional processes like welding, painting, and assembly are hard enough, but the difficulty level multiplies when you look at products like battery cells.
In recent months, three automakers have had to stop sales of electrified vehicles as a result of batteries experiencing thermal runaways, which is a fancy engineering term for catching fire. BMW and Ford have…
If you spend time on Instagram in our post-pandemic world, you’re probably experiencing some gardening FOMO. Maybe your biggest lockdown goal was “pwn Candy Crush” or, if you’re like me, “limit your toddler’s screen time to a scant five hours per day.” Now that we’re months into the pandemic, though, your friends who channeled their early quarantine angst into planting seeds are likely starting to reap the benefits in terms of fresh herbs and handfuls of juicy, Insta-friendly heirloom tomatoes.
If you’re more comfortable with wires and while loops than bugs and compost, don’t despair. Gardening has become increasingly tech-enabled…
Smart assistants come with a lot of baggage.
I like the idea of having a smart screen on my desk. It’s a decidedly sci-fi concept: A little dashboard that’s specifically coded to display up-to-date information from all different sources that I want to see, without distractions or extraneous features.
But I don’t want a device with a microphone or a camera on it. I don’t want Amazon or Google to set what’s on my device, and I don’t trust them with an audio feed in my home.
So, I built my own.