Category Archives: Sci-Fi

The Only Dot You Will Ever Need

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a Kickstarter campaign! In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we start things off with UC Berkley startup Iota Labs who gives us an up-close introduction to their new physical push notification system called Dot. Also this week, Mike Long from LCR embedded systems joins Fish Fry to discuss the newest advances, challenges, and advantages of using using fiber-optics in embedded designs. To finish things up (and in celebration of Star Trek’s recent 50th Anniversary), we inspect the new Star Trek TNG Bluetooth® ComBadge available for pre-order from ThinkGeek.

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Links for September 16, 2016

More information about Iota Labs

Video: Dot - The Physical Push Notification

Kickstarter -  Dot : The Physical Push Notification

More information about LCR Embedded Systems

Pre-order from ThinkGeek: Star Trek TNG Bluetooth® ComBadge

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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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One Drone to Rule Them All

Buckle your seatbelt, make sure your tray table is stowed, and be sure you've read our helpful in-flight safety pamphlet - because we're taking flight! This week’s Fish Fry is about the tiniest drone this side of CES - the ZANO nano drone. My guest is Keith Chu (Lantronix) and we’re getting into the WiFi-enabled guts of this itty-bitty WiFi controlled nano drone. (Spoiler Alert: You fly it with your smart phone!) Also this week, we're checking out a new quadcopter that would make Han Solo proud, and looking into how you can leverage the power of Simulink and MATLAB in your next SoC/FPGA design.

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Links for February 6, 2015

Torquing Group Taps Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi Embedded IoT Enabling Solution to Help Aerial Nano Drone Fly at CES 2015

More information about Lantronix

RC Millennium Falcon - First mission video 

More Quadcopter videos from Oliver C

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Model-Based Design for Xilinx Zynq & Altera SoC Devices

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Making Tesla Proud

It’s creepy! It’s crawly! It occasionally has scales! It’s Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry! This week we're celebrating one of the coolest and one might say, creepiest scientists, electrical engineers, and visionaries the world has ever seen - Nikola Tesla. My guest this week is a physicist, she can run a nuclear reactor, she can teach how to solder, and most importantly for today’s broadcast, she is one of the founders of oneTesla - Heidi Baumgartner.  Heidi is here to explain exactly how you can build your very own singing Tesla coil, how she became involved with oneTesla, and what its like to vacation at Chernobyl. Also this week, we check out why 8-bit MCUs shouldn’t be thrown out like last year’s Halloween candy.

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Links for October 31, 2014

More information about onetesla

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Function Enablement with 8-bit PIC Microcontrollers

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Skynet Calling

We all know it's coming. It's only a matter of time. Skynet is close at hand. This week's Fish Fry takes a look at a new study released by the University of North Carolina that has made reconfigurable metal a reality. But, before we can build Skynet (or build the counter-revolutionary forces led by the one and only John Connor) we must be able to connect the IoT communication dots. Today's episode also examines two of the many building blocks needed to get this sci-fi plot line from fantasy to fact.  We chat with John Beal and Artem Aginskiy about a new RF-enhanced embedded microcontroller family from Texas Instruments (SimpleLink) and TI's C5000 fixed-point DSP products. 

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Links for October 3, 2014

Researchers Control Surface Tension to Manipulate Liquid Metals (Video)

Giant and switchable surface activity of liquid metal via surface oxidation (Whitepaper)

More information about SimpleLink

More information about the TMS320C5517 - Fixed-Point Digital Signal Processor

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Increase FPGA Performance with Enhanced Capabilities of Synplify Pro & Premier

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On The Hunt: Part One

Dateline: The 5th of September. Time: 2100 hours. We're on the hunt. No, we’re not hunting the mysterious Yeti, the Loch Ness monster, or heck even the ever-elusive EUV. This time, we're looking for some HLS. My guest this week is Mark Milligan from Calypto. Mark joins Fish Fry for the very first time to bring HLS into the light, into the world, and into the caring hands of...Google? Oh yes. Also this week, we delve into the deeply nerdy realm of sub-atomic particle jitter and investigate how the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is hoping to solve an age-old existential question: How many dimensions do we really live in? (Spoiler alert: The space-time continuum may actually be a quantum system made up of countless tiny bits of information.)

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Links for September 5, 2014

More information about Calypto

Do we live in a 2-D hologram? - New Fermilab experiment will test the nature of the universe

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Product-Centric Design with Virtual Prototyping

More information about X-fest

Register for X-fest

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Replicated Food and Configurable Analog

Fish Fry: the Final Frontier. In this episode, we journey to a world where our analog is programmable (ok, configurable) and our food is replicated (complete with a full serving of your nutritional needs). First, we delve into the bits, bobs, and ADCs of Maxim's new PIXI configurable analog with Martin Mason. Martin and I discuss the details of this new configurable analog, and why the PIXI is better (and more flexible) than a big ol' pile of discreet components. Also this week, we check out Nestlé's new "Iron Man" program that aims to reshape our kitchens and the resupply world's nutritional needs. (Spoiler Alert: A true Star Trek food replicator may be closer to reality than we know.)

We're giving away five PIXI kits (courtesy of Maxim Integrated Products) but you'll have to listen to the podcast to find out how to enter to win! 

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Links for June 27, 2014

More information about Maxim's new PIXI, 20-Port Programmable Mixed-Signal I/O

Feature Article by Kevin Morris: BFFs 4 FPGMaxim Debuts PIXI Programmable Analog

More information about The Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences

Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences to pioneer new research avenues for developing the next generation of nutritional status assessment (press release)

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Tiny Turbines, Real Superhero Powers, and Servers on Chip

One part server-on-chip, two parts green energy - with a heavy sprinkling of superhero powers - this week's Fish Fry takes on advances in connectivity. We investigate the University of Texas at Arlington's unique collaboration with WinMEMS to create a new way to harness the wind to power your cellphone. Next, we chat with Mike Major (AppliedMicro) about how AppliedMicro is connecting the data center dots with some faster lines and finally, I’ll tell you how you might be able to get yourself some real superhero powers - using ultrasound.

We're giving away a GertBoard (courtesy of Newark element14) to one lucky listener this week! Head on over to element14.com/fishfry to enter to win. 


Click here to enter to win a GertBoard courtesy of newark element14

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Links for January 17, 2014

More Information about the GertBoard

More information about UT Arlington's mini windmill project

More information about AppliedMicro

More information about how ultrasound directed to the human brain can boost sensory performance

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Out of the Fab and Into the Frying Pan

In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re throwing some FR4 on the barbie and frying up a side of silicon -- eSilicon to be exact. My guest is EE Master Chef Mike Gianfagna from eSilicon. Mike always joins Fish Fry around this time of year, and this year we are discussing the state of the semiconductor union: what’s keeping us hungry for Moore, and what trends are boiling on high. Also this week, we check out a new crowdsourcing event called “The Iron Man Factory” that could make your dreams (and mine) of a 3D printed Iron Man suit a reality - if they can get Marvel to agree to it.

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Links for December 20, 2013

More Information about eSilicon

Iron Man Factory Link 

More Information about the Iron Man Suit

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Boldly Going…

Fish Fry is going off the rails this week. We’re trading o-scopes for tri-corders. We’re ditching that RTL, HLS, UVM and I2C for JTK baby. JTK. Yes, I said it. My guest is Marc Cushman, author of the book "These are the Voyages - The True History of Star Trek: The Original Series, Season One”. We're dishing about some of the juicy details of this new book including how Hollywood politics shaped its legacy, what Gene Roddenberry's private memos revealed about the nature of the show, and how Star Trek has shaped the world as we know it.

Also this week, I am giving away a BeagleBone courtesy of newark element14. Check out this week's broadcast to find out how you can win.

Click here to enter to win a BeagleBone courtesy of Newark element14

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