Category Archives: Robotics

Artificial Intelligence and the New Language of Electronics

Move Over Watson, there’s a new AI bot in town! In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, artificial intelligence takes center stage. Did you know that two “dialog bots” at Facebook’s artificial intelligence lab created their own language? In the first part of our AI-themed podcast, we take a closer look at this new language and investigate why FAIR (Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research) shut the language down as quickly as it was created. Also this week, we chat with Kevin Yapp (Avnet) about Ask Avnet - the world’s first “AI-to-Human Digital Platform.” Kevin and I discuss why Avnet created the industry’s first digital platform to integrate artificial intelligence and industry expertise, and how engineers can get involved with the development of this beta program.

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Links for August 4, 2017

Researchers shut down AI that invented its own language

More information about FAIR

Avnet Unveils ‘Ask Avnet’ Industry’s First AI-to-Human Digital Platform

More information about Ask Avnet and how to Join the Beta Program

New Episode of Chalk Talk: GUI Made Easy: Modernize Your Embedded Application in Minutes

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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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Neural Networks and You

In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re diving deep into the world of neural networks. Pulin Desai (Cadence Design Systems) joins us to discuss the future of implementation of neural networks in embedded systems and how the constantly evolving market of neural networking is driving the need for specialized DSP technology. Also this week, we take a closer look at a colorful new experiment by research scientist Janelle Shane that brought together AI, 7,700 Sherwin-Williams paint colors (along with their RGB values) and one interesting list of neural network-created colors.

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Links for June 2, 2017

Cadence Unveils Industry’s First Neural Network DSP IP for Automotive, Surveillance, Drone and Mobile Markets

More information about Cadence® Tensilica® C5 Vision DSP IP

New paint colors invented by neural network (Janelle Shane)

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All Along the RTOS

In this week's fish fry, we get down into the nitty gritty details of real time operating systems for wearable devices. Kim Rowe (founder and CEO of RoweBots) joins Fish Fry to discuss the future of machine-to-machine communication, the evolution of sensor technology, and the biggest challenges we face when tackling an RTOS for M2M designs.

 
Links for May 26, 2017
 
 
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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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GPGPUs, Molecule Robots, and UAVs! Oh MY!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! This week’s episode of Fish Fry has absolutely nothing to do with Ireland or St. Patrick, but has everything to do with molecular robots programmed with DNA, general purpose computing on GPUs, and featherweight systems for unmanned aerial vehicles.  We start things off with a closer look at the creation of a new amoeba-like molecular robot by a team of researchers in Japan. This robot that can continuously change its shape, propel itself with cell-like motion, and can be controlled by DNA signals that respond to light. Also this week, we delve into the world of GPGPUs with Doug Patterson from AITech. Doug and I discuss the challenges GPGPUs were created to solve and where general purpose computing on GPUs is headed from here. We also dig into the details of a new featherweight system created by AITech and ADLINK developed for unmanned aerial vehicles.  

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Links for March 17, 2017

More information about Aitech

Micrometer-sized molecular robot changes its shape in response to signal molecules (Article)

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Realizing Your Silicon Dreams in the Age of Big Data

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams. -- Arthur O'Shaughnessy (1873)

Some of us dream that we can fly. Some of us dream that we’re swimming in an endless ocean. Some of us dream we’re in high school again and can’t remember the combination to our locker or how to get to seventh period math class.  In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we're talking about how we can make our silicon dreams into semiconductor reality. Taher Madraswala (CEO and President, Open-Silicon) joins Fish Fry to discuss how Open-Silicon is helping engineers realize their dreams and translate those ideas into silicon. Taher and I also chat about the trends and challenges facing the semiconductor industry today and the new developments that Open-Silicon is working to create custom SoCs for high bandwidth memory applications. 

Links for January 20, 2017

More information about Open-Silicon

Robot delivery company Starship Technologies raised $17.2 million in a round led by Daimler

Fish Fry Interview with Allan Martinson (COO - Starship Technologies)

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IC Imagination and Dreaming in Drones

How many engineers does it take to turn chip design on its head? Just one. In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at how efabless plans to change the face of the semiconductor industry - one integrated circuit at a time. efabless CEO Mike Wishart joins us to discuss the details of their new online community, how they adapted the app store model for the semiconductor world, and how you can participate in their IP development challenge. Also this week, we look at MIT's new Design Your Dream Drone program and check out how you can get started with this super cool new program.

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Links for December 23, 2016

More information about efabless

Design your dream drone with MIT's program

Design Your Own Drones (Video - CSAIL)

Design Your Own Drone code (Github)

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Our 3D Printed Universe

Move over niche applications, 3D printing is headed to prime time! In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the evolution of 3D printing and investigate how 3D printed materials are changing the prototyping landscape. Rich Stump from FATHOM joins me to discuss the how 3D printed material allows them to help designers and engineers make the “un-makeable”. We also chat about how enterprise and consumer 3D printing differ, cutting edge 3D printing applications, and what the future holds. 

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Links for November 18, 2016

More information about the MEMS Executive Congress

More information about Local Motors

More information about i-BLADES

More information about FATHOM

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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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