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- Chris continues to work on his 10 week electronics training program. If you’re interested in being part of the Beta Program, head over to the Contextual Electronics Beta Program page and apply to be part of the initial group of participants. The applications close and participants will be chosen by the end of the week (8/4).
- Sponsorships abound! Both EEVblog and The Amp Hour are sponsoring the Open Hardware Summit!
- Chris will be attending the summit and we will likely have another meetup for The Amp Hour on Thursday September 5th in Boston!
- Dave has been riding Malcolm Faed’s Sinclair C5 vehicles. Chris thinks some of the images are ridiculous and hilarious.
- If you don’t want to ride around in a scooter looking thing, try out a skateboard like Boosted Boards! The powe rdelivery is impressive for such a small package.
- And if that still isn’t enough power and you have some money lying around, go buy a Tesla vehicle. Even better, go to t he factory and see how they’re made!
- The sheet metal stamping at Tesla is impressive, but the Ford sheet metal prototyping is even more amazing for quick-turn, one-off type of prototypes.
- Listener Ben Hest wrote in about his amazing Digikey script. It basically makes DK into a more useful, visual tool with a host of other features. Check it out!\
- Supply Frame (online search engine company for parts and sponsor of Dave’s forum) has bought HackaDay! Seems like a great fit!
- There are a few new Kickstarter projects that implement the Xilinx ZYNQ, a FPGA/Dual Core Microprocessor combo with other integrated hard logic.
- The Red Pitaya is a test and measurement platform that is very flexible.
- The Parallela is a supercomputer platform that can be paired with other boards to dramatically increase processing power. They are now taking pre-orders for non-Kickstarter boards!
- Dave has a new videos explaining both FPGAs and JTAG chains.
- Chris is still getting used to Glass. His favorite function is the translate, which utilized the Google Translate servers. This would be useful in the markets of Shenzhen.
- Speaking of, Ian from Dangerous Prototypes visited Shenzhen…and never left!
- It’s important to have a good translator in a market (or anywhere), so you don’t end up like this situation at the Tobacconist:
- Google is continuing their work on Babelfish-esque technology to make translation even better.
- Dave likes the Shonky Product of the week, which may look like it’s only an ethernet passthrough, but is promoted as a speed-up device.
- Listener Daniel Amesberger is working on a completely DIY Pick and Place machine. It looks amazing, but the low volume prcie for materials is a little high.
- Listener Michael Curran wrote in about the treasure his folks dug up in their back garden in England: a 1920s Bakelite electric coupling!
- Chris and Martin Lorton (of the mjlorton channel on YouTube) got a chance to meet now that Martin moved back to Cleveland. They will be doing regular meetups. Dave is now considering doing the same in Sydney.
Next week, we’ll have the entire Sparkfun Engineering Team on the show. Get your questions in for them now. It should be pandemonium!