Maker Enterprise Profile: Robin Coon and Paul Stoffregen of PJRC

Maker Enterprise Profile: Robin Coon and Paul Stoffregen of PJRC

What’s your corporation?

PJRC: Digital Initiatives

the place are you situated?

Portland, Oregon, USA

Do you attend a makerspace? Which one?

Sure, DorkbotPDX and PDX Hackerspace.  I need to admit I don’t handle to make the trek throughout city as usually as I’d like.  Teensy retains me fairly busy.

How did you get began making stuff?

For Robin, this Creep Crawlers insect making equipment.

Robin additionally made fairy wands out of backyard stakes, masking tape, and cotton balls.  She made do with the restricted sources accessible on the time!

For Paul: this “65 in 1” equipment (Radio Shack half 28-250).  Sure, it actually got here in that wood field and featured a whopping three transistors.

Later when public faculties acquired Apple 2 computer systems, Paul spent numerous time studying Primary and Meeting language programming.

Inform us about what you make.

Teensy is a excessive efficiency microcontroller board.  Teensy is normally programmed utilizing the Arduino software program, however Teensy’s emphasis is offering highly effective and extremely optimized libraries for makers & hobbyists to create extra bold tasks.  Controlling hundreds of LEDs at video refresh speeds, processing CD high quality audio, and assist for a lot of native USB communication protocols are a few of Teensy’s standard options.

Concerning the maker enterprise facet, Robin positively deserves a lot of the credit score.  She really runs the enterprise, just about all of the every day behind-the-scenes work that retains Teensy constantly accessible and most orders transport out rapidly.  Paul does all of the tech stuff.

Have you ever been shocked by any responses to your work?

Sometimes once we’re out in public, it’s at all times so stunning when somebody acknowledges us.  Paul usually wears a black T-shirts with the Teensy emblem, so perhaps this shouldn’t be a giant shock, but it surely nearly at all times is.  It’s straightforward to really feel nameless behind a pc display screen.

What difficulties in operating a maker enterprise have you ever discovered to be probably the most difficult?

Managing provide chains is hard, even when all the pieces goes effectively.

What do you may have in your horizon?

Teensy is being launched final week, bringing a fairly unimaginable improve in efficiency, each CPU and peripherals.

what’s your greatest battle as a maker enterprise?

Work / life stability.

How has your corporation advanced?

Microcontroller know-how (and complexity) has superior dramatically since we began within the 1990s.  Right here’s a photograph our early and most up-to-date merchandise.

This 8051 had a single serial port (muxed to 2 DB9 ports) and three timers.  That board offered for $79, which on the time was thought of fairly a cut price.  Teensy runs over a thousand instances sooner and is loaded with excessive efficiency peripherals.  Teensy sells for about $20, which at the moment is concerning the center of the value vary for dev boards.

Neighborhood has additionally grown tremendously , even perhaps moreso than tech.  At present we join so simply through social networking, boards, code sharing (github), and most main cities have makerspaces.  Many of those now really feel like they’ve been round endlessly, however most didn’t even exist 15 years in the past.  In simply the ~25 years we’ve been making dev boards, neighborhood has grown as a lot or extra then the tech facet.

What mission are you enthusiastic about?

Robin & I are at all times impressed and amazed by artists and neighborhood of Burning Man.  The eagerness and dedication and sheer quantity of exhausting work wanted to convey these unimaginable tasks to life is really inspiring.

One among our private favorites is “Lostmachine” Andy’s pirate ship, CS Tere.  When requested “Why construct a pirate ship?” Andy’s response was “Pirate ships don’t construct themselves.”  We consider that actually captures the maker spirit.

What makers or maker companies do you admire or have you ever discovered from?

Arduino, and likewise Processing and Wiring, which have been a lot of the idea for the early variations of Arduino.  Whereas there are a lot of extremely profitable companies promoting such all kinds of merchandise, and nowadays so many individuals appear to take Arduino without any consideration, they’re actually the individuals who modified all the pieces by specializing in the human components of getting began with electronics and microcontrollers.

What’s most rewarding about being a maker enterprise?

Seeing unimaginable tasks individuals create, being a small a part of that, is a fairly superior feeling.

Generally even small tasks are inspiring.  One among our private favorites, from the very early days of Teensy, is that this movement sensor by Joshua Neal.

It senses once you’ve walked into the room and sends a slight USB mouse motion, to get up your PC by the point you’ve sat down.

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