Proprietary mass market measurement devices often conflict with the principals of open data. They seem to want to keep your data in their data jail so that you have to go to them to use your data in a new context. Even at its best, companies often go out of business or believe they need a mass market to support any unanticipated use of their product. The following product properties suggest more likely success with open data (roughly in order from most satisfying to least satisfying):
The most promising trend in hobbyist electronics is 3.5.-micro-controllers and Input/Output mini-boards. These allow fairly sophisticated electronic projects to be completed with little or any soldering.
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