Yesterday afternoon/evening in London I met up with Jinbuhm Kim, and June-Woo Ryu who are the R&D Director and General Manager working at WIZnet.
They had contacted Glyn Hudson and Trystan Lea at openenergy, and not realised that they were based in North Wales - some 400km from London. So I stepped in, and met them for discussions at the London Hackspace and gave them a tour of its facilities and later met up with Ben Pirt, CTO at Pachube.
They are at the start of a major European tour, which will take them to most European cities/countries, including Brussels, Amsterdam and later on Sweden, Germany, Spain and Italy returning to Seoul on August 12th.
Jimbuhm and June are very supportive of open hardware and would like to meet open hardware groups or individuals on an informal basis for discussion about incorporating their ethernet and wifi products into open hardware.
Wiznet have some exciting new ethernet and wifi solutions suitable for incorporating into open hardware shields and modules. They have dev kits in the Arduino shield format. We discussed the idea of a Smart ethernet module with ATmega328 based on the Arduino Nano format, which would be a great platform for OH and IoT developments.
This weekend they travel to Brussels and then onto Amsterdam, but from that point I am not sure of their exact itinerary.
If you would like to meet them please contact Jimbuhm via email
jbkim at wiznet dot co dot kr