Chris and Dave talk about all manner of test instrument, both specialized and open source. Also interest in moving big heavy machines, friends starting Kickstarters and innovation continuing into mid-life and beyond!
- Dave is back from his vacation driving around Australia! He got to visit “The Dish”
- Specialized equipment is often a mystery except to people in the field it was intended for.
- Different geographic regions have different specialties.
- Chris has a new project using Variable Frequency Drives and AC Induction motors. They’re amazing!
- Block diagrams show how much electronics are involved in modifying line level 3 phase signals (image courtesy TI.com)
- Even though it was discussed by Henry Ott when he was on the show and Bob Simpson when he was on the show, Chris didn’t realize these are what powers a lot of the electric vehicles on the road.
- Chris will be giving a talk about all the open source tools and platforms that power his every day life. Check out this reddit thread for a listing of the tools.
- Ryan O’Hara will be doing a new project and will be using the stamp with The Amp Hour logo shown at the top of the episode.
- Jeri has launched her Kickstarter for the CastAR! It has already hit the funding goal and will continue to try and raise money.
- We’ll have Jeri on the show as she gets towards the DfM portion.
- Dev kits are important for getting a jump start on your design and providing proof to your boss that you can get something done.
- Google Glass and Segway aren’t useful in their intended ways…but have great niche utilizations.
- The new Adafruit Bluefruit board sends keyboard commands by pulling down a single pin. Very cool!
- Bluetooth 4.0 is useful because it allows you to abstract out iPhone hardware (and their closed ecosystem).
- People don’t do anything useful after 35? Tons of successful people respond on Quora.
- Is innovation still possible in regular electronics?
- Next week on the show we’ll have Vincent Himpe of Silicon Valley Garage, ask your questions for him on our subreddit. He sent Dave a huge box of awesome fab stuff