I ran across an interesting article in reading the news during my lunch break today. A group at the University of Washington has been doing research in smart sensors that communicate through the established power lines in a house. The page doesn't say specifically, but given the power consumption they mention I wondered if this was based on an MSP430. A close up of the photo of the board looks like it might be, and you can just make out the TI logo on the chip. Digging a little deeper, I confirmed that yes, this instrument is based on the MSP430. The team is using a surface mount variation of the MSP430F2013. This chip is also available in a 14 pin DIP package that is compatible with the TI LaunchPad. Very cool idea.
In other news, my project is now at integration, and I have some extra time on my hands. Watch for a couple new tutorials coming this week!