Category Archives: Maker

Calling Alexa

Want a little more Alexa in your life? The Amazon Alexa Voice Service takes center stage in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. A new development kit from Microsemi could be just what you need to get Alexa into your next M2M design. Shahin Sadeghi (Microsemi) joins us to discuss the details of the newly launched AcuEdge Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service. Shahin and I chat about what is included in this development kit, how you can get your hands on one, and the details of Microsemi’s Timberwolf DSP solution which lies at the heart of this new development kit. Also this week, we check out how you can equip your Alexa device to play Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry!

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Links for June 9, 2017

More information about Microsemi

Microsemi Delivers AcuEdge Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service

Podbean | How to Listen to Podcasts with Alexa

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Flyover: Not Just for Superheroes — Samtec Twinax FlyOver Solutions

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The Wild West of IoT

Break out your best show saddle and get those spurs on tight. A whole new paradigm is breaking on the horizon. Join us as Jim Beneke (Avnet) and I ride off into the sunset with our shadows stretched long across this wild and woolly EE landscape called the Internet of Things. We take a closer look at Avnet's new collaboration with AT&T, the importance of security in the IoT ecoosystem, and what developers and designers need to know about IoT that they may not have considered a year or two ago. Also this week, we check out the details of a new robotic pizza delivery system and how PSpice can make your next IoT mixed-mode and mixed-signal simulation a whole lot easier. 

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Links for March 31, 2017

More information about AT&T Cellular IoT Starter Kit 

Avnet and AT&T Team to Lower Barriers to Development of IoT Solutions

More information about Starship Technologies

Robots A Go-Go! -- Starship’s Intelligent Six Wheeled Autonomous Vehicles and NASA’s Robot Auction (Fish Fry Episode: 9/9/16)

New Episode of Chalk Talk: IoT and The Power of PSpice

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Programmable Power to the People

He'd been here before, many times. He had procrastinated until he couldn’t put it off any longer. It had to be done. After a few cans of Mountain Dew and a giant sigh, he dove in. The experience wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great. I know you’ve been through it too. Choosing the right power supply for your next design can be a drag, searching through part numbers until your eyes glaze, only to come up with a solution that (most of the time) is still not quite right.  In this episode of Fish Fry, we welcome Kapil Shankar from AnDAPT. Kapil and I take an in-depth look at AnDAPT 's on-demand power management solution. Also in this week’s Kickstarter Corner, we check out a new fundraising campaign called JeVois: Open-Source Quad-Core Smart Machine Vision Camera that could bring open-source machine vision to your next Raspberry Pi or Arduino project. 

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Links for January 13, 2017

More information about AnDAPT

Kickstarter Corner - JeVois: Open-Source Quad-Core Smart Machine Vision Camera

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Avnet LED Solutions: Smart Lighting, Intelligent Lighting and the Puzzle

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Digesting Data and Making Our Algorithms Smarter

In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at three waves of technological advancement in the MEMS and sensors ecosystem with Marcellino Gemelli of Bosch Sensortec. Marcellino and I discuss what vision, value, and velocity have to do with the next decade of sensor technology, and why more data does not necessarily mean more information. Keeping with our IoT theme this week, Kevin Bromber (CEO - myDevices) also joins Fish Fry to introduce us to the world’s first LoRa™ IoT project builder.  

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Links for December 9, 2016

More information about Bosch Sensortec

More information about myDevices

myDevices Announces Dedicated LoRa™ IoT Project Builder

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A New Twist on an Old Process

Our brains never seem to know when to stop. We dream of algorithmic optimization. We worry about board design while soaping up in the shower. Our family dinners are peppered with thoughts of thermal dissipation. Turning our daydreams and brainstorms into reality, however, is something else entirely. In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we investigate TwistThink's innovative approach to product design. TwistThink CEO Bob Niemiec joins us to discuss how we can convert our bright ideas into successful marketable products.

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Links for October 14, 2016

More information about TwistThink

New Episode of Chalk Talk: How to "Shift Left" for Agile Hardware Design

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The Maker Movement and the Spirit of Innovation

It's that time of year again. When the LEDs blink, the DYI drones buzz, and there is a special 3D printed charge in the air. With a little help from Fish Fry special correspondent Larra Morris, this week’s podcast takes you to this year’s World Maker Faire in Brooklyn, New York. Larra brings us a special selection of some of the new fabrication technologies unveiled at this year’s Maker Faire including a super cool PCB printer called Voltera, brand new low-cost pick-and-place, and a company who claims to be the easiest assembly service in the world. Do you have a startup that could use a little extra help and some cold hard cash? This week we also check out how the Avnet Innovation Lab can help you take your startup to the next level. 

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Links for October 7, 2016

More information about the 2016 World Maker Faire 

More information about Voltera

More information about PCB NG

More information about Chipsetter

More information about Cliked Industries (Braille to Text Translator)

More information about the Avnet Innovation Lab

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The Core of Innovation

The journey is not an easy one. Most engineers can't even see the finish line, let alone complete the race. The future of our industry hangs in balance and this is a competition that must be won - one way or another. In this week's fish fry, we investigate the perilous path to new material discovery with Chris Kramer of Intermolecular. Chris and I discuss the materials discovery process, the subtle interaction between process tools and new materials, and the challenges and opportunities new materials can bring. Also this week, we take a closer look at a new type of 3D printed material developed at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam, Germany that can make simple machines out of 3D printed plastic.

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Links for September 23, 2016

More information about Intermolecular

More information about Metamaterials (Video)

Metamaterial Mechanisms (Whitepaper)

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So You Wanna Startup

Step 1: Visualize your amazing new IoT product. 
Step 2: Assemble your stellar startup team. 
Step 3: Profit.

We all know that the steps to create a successful startup aren't as easy as that. Sometimes we all need a little help: some cold hard cash, a comfy office space, and maybe a little guidance from someone who knows the biz. Steven Webb (element14) is here to introduce us to the Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices. Steven reveals how you can pitch your startup to this unique accelerator program and what super cool prizes will be awarded to the winners of this contest. Also this week, we take a closer look at startup success story gridComm. Mike Holt (gridComm CEO and Co-Founder) joins Fish Fry to illustrate how gridComm is making cities across the world a whole lot smarter.

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Links for April 22, 2016

More information about Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices

More information about gridComm

gridComm Among Top Three Startup Companies at IBM SmartCamp

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The Robots Are Coming! The Robots Are Coming!

Who doesn’t like a good ol’ robot story once in awhile, right? This week’s Fish Fry has not one but three interviews from this year’s RoboUniverse. Fish Fry field reporter Larra Morris takes us on a special guided tour through all of the rabid robotic rambunctiousness that is this year’s RoboUniverse. Larra investigates the what, where, and how of Cobots with Scott Mabie Universal Robots).  In our second interview from RoboUniverse 2016, Larra chats about trends in automation and where you can get help with your next automation project with Jeff Bernstein (President - Association for Advancing Automation). Lastly, Larra checks out the Model A - a brand new personal Autonomous device with a little help from Phil Mann from 5D Robotics.

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Match, Set, Pi!

Attention all makers, engineers, and designers big and small. This week’s Fish Fry is dedicated to everyone’s favorite maker single board computer extraordinaire….the Raspberry Pi 3! In a special interview double feature, my first guest is Richard Curtin from Element14 who is here to deliver the goods on the new Raspberry Pi 3. Richard and I discuss the new features of the Raspberry Pi 3, what super cool stuff you can design with it, and how you can get your perfect Pi with element14’s Raspberry Pi customization service. Keeping with our theme, my next guest is myDevices CEO Kevin Bromber. Did you know that myDevices just announced a Raspberry Pi IoT contest? Kevin will tell you how you can enter, what you can win, and the unique way that entrants of this contest will be judged.

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Links for March 25, 2016

More information about Raspberry Pi 3

More information about myDevices

myDevices Announces Pi Day Project Competition

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