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Intel Looking for America's Greatest Makers

April 12, 2016
By Jarrod Whaley

Ryan Nakashima of the Associated Press, via the San Jose Mercury News, writes about a new reality / game show focused on maker culture, and on promoting Intel's IoT efforts:

Each team has to use Intel's latest sensor-laden chip package, Curie, to make a Web-connected gizmo that wows the judges, a group that includes NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and Mike Rowe of the Discovery show "Dirty Jobs."

Contestants try to make everything from smart fishing bobbers to football helmets that sense if a player suffers a concussion-inducing hit.

The show (called America's Greatest Makers) sounds sort of like American Idol, but with electronics--one can easily imagine the concept being pitched that way in some Los Angeles elevator. Regardless of how one might feel about reality TV itself, we can't help but be excited at the thought that a broad audience will see that tinkering with gadgetry isn't as intimidating as most of us imagine it to be. The democratization of electronic fiddling is a very good thing!