- Chris recently announced that he is releasing all of the KiCad videos from the Contextual Electronics course.
- There is also a new site over at KiCad.info and there is a forum to talk about KiCad at forum.kicad.info
- We also still have an IRC channel! There are also channels for KiCad and Electronics on Freenode.
- Dave used to own AltiumForums.com but they got antsy about him owning that.
- The “Lithium Ion super cap in a battery” is being updated to say they’re using homemade graphene capacitors.
- The current requirements are insane, the dynamic current would be higher than most car chargers.
- GE claims to have made a fuel cell breakthrough and are in early production.
- Another gimmicky crowdfunding was someone claiming to have replicated Wardenclyff.
- Weird Al has a new song about conspiracy theories called “Foil”.
- Dave recently got into OK Go videos, citing the Rube Goldberg as his favorite.
- OK Go was part of the White House maker faire
- Dave has camera woes after losing an entire day of footage going through old magazines.
- National Instruments recently released a headless unit/multitool. The specs for the scope appear that they are using off the shelf silicon (100 MHz for 2 channels).
- Dave mentioned that there is also a wireless head unit for multimeters from Agilent. It is ruggedized for field work.
- Fluke also has been pushing their safety equipment.
- The hard problem to solve is streaming data back across a wireless connection (especially if you expect it on a particular ).
- Dave recently found that low scan rates on the RF section of MDO3000 lock up the keys on the scope.
- A Cleveland accelerator is now looking for hardware startups.
- Dave found out there is also a hardware accelerator in Sydney.
- Many of our listeners will be tempted by VC/accelerator money as well. Just be sure you know why you’re taking money for a company idea.
- Ben Einstein of Bolt (another hardware accelerator) wrote a piece on why so much money is heading into hardware.
- Littlebits released their CloudBit module, which connects their platform to the internet. Chris was interested to know that people are using it as prototyping.
- Google is giving $1 million for the “Littlebox challenge”. It’s all about trying to get the maximum power density for a microinverter.
- The EDA solver is meant to be a way to search through available components for a PCB and pick the best ones. It will be interesting to see if that kind of thing works for non-example designs.