Drones. Robots. Wearable devices. Internet-connected household appliances. These technologies are making the partners of venture capital firm Formation 8 — including Joe Lonsdale, a co-founder of data mining giant Palantir — see dollar signs. Formation 8 disclosed last week that it is seeking to raise up to $100 million for a fund focused exclusively on hardware.
Pictured above is one of the many slides, it specifically mentions open source hardware and Arduino. It’s interesting that they’re seeking $100m and part of what they say makes their model possible specifically is open source hardware and Arduino.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.