I keep hearing how hard it is to find good people but then the recruiters tell me that the potential employer can't meet my price point and that is the end of the discussion.
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Looks like it would be pretty easy to tape an LED with a little battery to your Poppy and I bet they could be talked into creating a version with either a visible or IR LED, if you asked really nice.
In the entertainment industry, it has produced an editor for Pawn Stars and an Emmy winner, among others. I don't have any information on how many successful software developers it has produced.
In his article The Development Abstraction Layer, Joel Spolsky said "...support and administrative functions which, in a typical company, add up to about 80% of the payroll."
I highly recommend that article as there is a lot of great information in that article that can help with developing perspective on what really needs to happen to make a great product.