The emergence of crowd source funding and low-cost FPGAs has created a subset in the maker crowd, says Mark Jensen, Corporate Software Strategy and Marketing Director at Xilinx. They call themselves “Pro makers”.
This highly skilled section of the maker movement have began to build programmable creations from automated robotics to specialized drones, like this one from ONAGOfly.
These new creations are often times the heart-throb of crowd funding groups, and eventually become full-fledged, marketable products.
Many of these pro makers see the rise of easier to use, low-cost products, like the new $99 Arty, as a means to a simpler and lucrative end.
Add the increasing availability of 3D printers, senors like Pmods, and you have the ideal recipe for inexpensive prototypes with a bevvy of programmable possibilities!
In the article, Ray Hsu, from our parent company, National Instruments, adds:
“Some of these projects use really complex non-linear control algorithms, so the developers have to use FPGAs to get the performance they need.”