The Future of Human-Machine Interfaces

Evolution is the name of the game in this week’s Fish Fry. The way we interact with our machines has changed dramatically in the past decade and will continue to evolve - from buttons and toggles to new, more hands-free forms of human-machine interface (HMI). I chat with Tal Krzypow from eyeSight Technologies about the future of HMI. We look at the growing trend toward hands-free interfaces, the important role intuition plays in the design of HMI, and where HMI is headed in the years to come. Also this week, we check out Element14’s new “DreamBoard vs Battle of the Boards” contest.

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Links for May 29, 2015

More information about eyeSight Technologies

More information about Element14’s DreamBoard Vs - Battle of the Boards Contest

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The Smartest Socks on the Block

Your heart is pounding. Your iTunes playlist is nearing its end. The final mile is at hand and you couldn’t be happier. What if you could make your morning run smarter? In this week’s Fish Fry, we investigate sensor-enhanced fabrics from IoE (Internet of Everybody) company Sensoria that aims to do just that. Davide Vigano (Co-Founder - Sensoria) and I delve into in the details of Sensoria’s wide range of high tech fitness products, and reveal how Sensoria can help you make your own MEMS-enhanced fabrics. Also this week, we check out a new design competition recently launched by NASA and America Makes where you can help design (and build) a 3-D printed space colony for MARS (and make some serious cash while doing it).

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Links for May 22, 2015

More information about Sensoria Fitness

Sensoria Partners With Athletes for Charity on Clothing Drive for Disadvantaged Youth in Haiti

More information about the 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge

How to Enter the 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge

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Blessed are the Micro, for They Shall Inherit the Earth

And a voice came down from the heavens and said "Let there be µModules", and they were good. 

In this week’s Fish Fry, we look into the wild and exciting world of µModules with Afshin Odabaee from Linear Technology. What are µModules? Why do you need them? And what does modern dance have to do with it? You’ll learn all about this and more in this week’s episode. We also look at why Freescale’s new i.MX 6SoloX may be a perfect fit for your next IoT design.

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Links for May 15, 2015

More information about µModule Solutions

New Episode of Chalk Talk: i.MX 6SoloX – Freescale’s New Heterogeneous Multicore Applications Processor

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Muxcapacitors and a Quantum Shift in Power Supply Technology

What has your power supply done for you lately? In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at a revolutionary new technology taking power supplies by storm. My guest is Michael Freeman (CEO/CTO - Semitrex) and he’s here to introduce us to the power of the muxcapacitor and unveil how Semitrex plans to stem the tide of world’s energy consumption, one power supply at a time. Also this week, we take a closer look at the newest rumors surrounding Intel's buyout of Altera. 

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Links for May 8, 2015

Semitrex Addresses Global Energy Crisis with Game-Changing Technology for More Efficient Power Consumption

More information about Semitrex

Recent Blog Post by Bryon Moyer: Switching Power Supplies Revamped

Feature Article by Kevin Morris: Intel and Altera – Eleven-Figure Chicken

Recent Blog Post by Kevin Morris: Intel/Altera Agreement (Partially) Tells the Tale

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Paint it DAC

It's that time of year again. Ring the bells, sound the alarm, and roll out the red carpet - it's DAC time! In this week's Fish Fry, Anne Cirkel (General Chair - DAC 2015) gives us a special sneak peek into the biggest EDA conference of the year - The Design Automation Conference. Anne dishes the details of the conference: the super cool keynotes, the "I Love DAC" program, and the inside info on the best parties at this year's show. Also this week, we examine a unique Kickstarter campaign that marries nanotechnology with fashion to create this season's must have: The Unstainable™ White Shirt.  

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Links for May 1, 2015

More information about DAC 2015

Kickstarter Corner: The Unstainable™ White Shirt by Elizabeth & Clarke

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Your IoT or Mine?

You’ve had IoT design swirling around in your head for years. It’s your carpool companion on the way to work, it's your daydream during the day, and it's the buzz that keeps you awake at night. Well folks, it's time to get that IoT dream of yours off the cocktail napkin and into the real world! My guest this week is Kamran Shah (Silicon Labs) and he’s here to introduce us to the “Your IoT" design competition.” Kamran breaks down the who, what, when, and where of this new design contest and delivers the goods on how you can enter this competition. Also this week, we look at a groundbreaking new technology called Wi-Fo coming out of Oregon State University that hopes to boost our Wi-Fi signals by 10X!

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Links for April 24, 2015

Enter the "Your IoT" design competition!

Silicon Labs and Digi-Key Challenge Developer Innovation With “Your IoT” Design Competition

More information about Oregon State University's Wi-Fo project

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Robotics For You and Me

You scream, I scream, we all scream for…ROBOTS! In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the GertBOT, a new robotics add-on board for Raspberry Pi recently released by Element 14. I’ve got Sagar Jethani with me to tell you about the powerful capabilities of this new expansion board. Sagar and I also explore the correlation between guitar playing and engineering, and why Eddie Van Halen is called the “Edison of guitar players.” Then, in keeping with our spirit of innovation and musical invention, I explore a new Etsy product that hopes to usher in a new generation of mixtapes.

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Links for April 17, 2015

More information about the GertBOT Robotics Board

Eddie Van Halen Smithsonian talk (full Interview)

More information about the USB-MixTape

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RTL Roundup

This week we’re saddling up and taking a ride into the Wild West, where the days are long and the code is even longer. We’re talking about the rough and tumble, SystemC slingin’, HLS wranglin’ assertion-based formal verification. Dave Kelf (OneSpin Solutions) rides with us across the dusty EDA plains of RTL design where we unveil why RTL (and above) is called the Wild West of Design, who exactly is playing sheriff in these here parts, and how design and verification at the RTL level can be corralled once and for all. Also this week, we address the most recent rumors surrounding the Intel/Altera buyout deal and investigate the newest (and coolest) smartwatch this side of the Mississippi - an Enigma machine for your wrist!

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Links for April 10, 2015

More information about OneSpin Solutions

OneSpin Delivers First SystemC Assertion-Based Formal Verification Solution

An Alan Turing fan made an Enigma machine for your wrist

Asciimation's step-by-step guide to creating an Enigma machine for your wrist

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Bringing Flexy Back

They’re super important, and every design needs them, but let’s face it - connectors have gotten a bad rap for being a bit boring. In this week’s Fish Fry, we explore into the multi-faceted world of today’s connectors and cables where signal integrity rules the roost and multi-gigbit SerDes is king. My guest is Joe Dambach (Molex) and we discuss how Molex is using correlated models to solve today’s signal integrity and high-speed serial design challenges, how datacenters are changing the face of connector and cable technology, and why connectors and cables aren’t as boring as we once thought they were. Also this week, we look into this week’s hottest rumor swirling around the EE halls: Will Intel buy Altera?

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Links for April 3, 2015

Feature Article by Kevin Morris and Bruce Kleinman: Intel Plus Altera - What Would it Mean?

Feature Article by Kevin Morris: When Intel Buys Altera - Will FPGAs Take Over the Data Center?

More information about Molex

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All Modules All the Time

One Of the biggest challenges in IoT communications is distance. In this week’s Fish Fry, we examine a new communications technology called LoRa. Tyler Smith (Microchip Technology) is here to unveil the details of this new emerging technology; how it can be used, where it is best suited for implementation, and why LoRa could change the future of IoT communications as we known them. Also this week, we look into the details of a new motion detection module that packs a big ol’ punch by combining a powerful motion co-processor with 9-axis sensors, including accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope in an itty-bitty package. 

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Links for March 27, 2015

Microchip's New Motion Module Makes Motion Monitoring Easy

Microchip LoRa™ Technology Wireless Module Enables IoT; First Module for Ultra Long-Range and Low-Power Network Standard

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Massive DDR4 Memory Bandwidth with Xilinx UltraScale FPGAs

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