Crowd Supply Launches Tear Down Sessions Via Livestream, Featuring Open Source Hardware Innovators


Crowd Supply, the leading product development platform connecting material creators with early adopters and enthusiastic funders, announces The Teardown Sessions, an informative new series of live interviews and hands-on learning sessions with creators, staff and special guests of Crowd Supply.

Crowd Supply teardown sessions are broadcast live on YouTube every Friday at noon Pacific Standard Time. Join us to ask questions of guests for a chance to win a weekly box of mystery gear and cool gifts. Find all upcoming teardown sessions on the Crowd Supply YouTube channel, or find recent episodes on the teardown sessions playlist. Previous episodes cover topics such as small-scale electronics manufacturing, building and managing open source communities, and the open hardware movement.

– Helen Leigh teardown sessions

Join host Helen Leigh at 9 p.m. PT on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, for a special episode of the Teardown Sessions to discuss Project Precursor with its creators, Andrew “bunnie” Huang and Sean “xobs” Cross. Precursor is a unique mobile computing device designed from the ground up with security and privacy in mind. At its heart is a low-power Xilinx Spartan-7 FPGA that runs a RISC-V core.

It’s been about a year since bunnie and xobs’s crowd sourcing campaign has been successfully completed, and they are working hard to prepare for delivery. However, they take a short break to chat with Helen Leigh of Crowd Supply about the latest and greatest developments from forerunners. We’ll also be giving away a free precursor to one lucky winner! To learn more, visit https://www.crowdsupply.com/xilinx/fpga-playground

Andrew “bunnie” Huang is an engineer, designer, author and hacker. He is the founder of bunnie studios and Sutajio Kosaqi, and the former chief hardware engineer at Chumby. bunnie has a doctorate. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has contributed to numerous open source hardware projects and is the author of numerous books, including The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen and The Hardware Hacker.

A frequent contributor, Sean “xobs” Cross is a hardware / software designer and developer specializing in firmware piracy. A former firmware engineer at Chumby, he worked with bunnie on a long list of successfully launched open source projects.

Upcoming teardown sessions include Alvaro Prieto from the Reverse Engineering podcast, Darian Johnson from the Newt campaign, and Lixie Labs from the Pixie Chroma campaign.

Highlights of the recent feed:

Helen sits down with Ben Hencke, LED magician and creator of the beloved LED controller, Pixelblaze. Much chaos ensues.

Helen discusses open source hardware with Alicia Gibb, an open hardware advocate, and Javier Serrano, who leads a team at CERN. They discuss open hardware movements, best practices, and the importance of open hardware to science and engineering.

Helen chats with Lukas F. Hartmann, CEO of MNT Research and lead designer of the open source laptop, MNT Reform.

Find all past episodes on the Teardown Sessions playlist.

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