First 100 Episodes
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99: You Can Say a BoatAndrei Chichak spoke with us about MISRA-C and ethics.**Andrei Chichakmisra ethics canada engineering
98: Figments of My ImaginationChris and Elecia talk about memetics, learning, and processors.babble learningGrowing Out of Uno
97: Bubblesort YourselfProfessor Paul Fishwick joined us to talk about CS and STEM education, excellent analogies, and the crossover of art and technology.Paul Fishwickeducation analogies modelsFormalized Synesthesia
96: Yarn Is Very Serious BusinessCarrie Sundra spoke with us about doing a Kickstarter on her own… and nearly failing.Carrie Sundrayarn kickstarter mudder
95: The Elon Musk of EarthThis week we discuss lasers, internet of things, and static electricity. Our extremely opinionated guest has a lot to say, including some scatological humor.Anicats jokesDevice Internationalization
94: Don't Be CleverDennis Jackson spoke with us about drones (and Airware), simple code, and learning.**Dennis Jacksonfda faa drones learning engineeringBe Excellent to Each Other
93: Delicious GumboJoel Sherrill spoke with us about real time operating systems, free and open source software, interns, and space.*Joel Sherrillrtems rtos foss spaceRTOSs and Brownies
92: Everybody Behave, PleaseJames Laen Neal from OSHPark spoke with us about starting a business, helping open source hardware, and throwing wild parties.***James Laen Nealstartup oshpark oshw boardsMake Anything
91: Save Us from AstronautsSophi Kravitz, electrical engineer and Hackaday Mythical Creature, came on to leak the new Hackaday Prize details!Sophi Kravitzhackaday balloons spaceHow to Win the Hackaday Prize (and Other Design Challenges)
90: Stick It in a PumpkinThingM's Tod Kurt joined us to talk about the most important part of every embedded system: blinking lights. ThingM has been making I2C lights (BlinkM, MinM and MaxM) since 2006.*Tod Kurtart startup business thingmSolving a Different Problem
89: I Have New BatteriesChris Savage talks about building a community and about stopping projects when life intrudes.**Chris Savageparallax communities
88: Science Is a Lot like QuiltingSame day PCBs?!? Danielle Applestone chatted with Chris and Elecia about desktop CNC milling using OtherMachine's OtherMill.*Danielle Applestoneothermill boards startup milling
87: Make My Own Steel FoundryChip Gracey spoke with us about founding Parallax chip design, and the Propeller with its many cores.Chip Graceyparallax hdl history
86: Madeupical WordErin McKean is a lexicographer, programmer, and start-up founder. We spoke to her about Wordnik (the online uber dictionary), Reverb (smarter recommendations), and her many books.*Erin McKeanwords startup writerThe Words We Use Define Us
85: Stalked by Hoopers and EngineersScott Miller built a hula hoop with Bluetooth, an inertial measurement unit, a 32-bit processor, an 8-bit processor, and a slew of individually addressable LEDs. It makes wild patterns when you move. Scott's "normal" company, with all of its ham radio equipment, is Argent Data Systems. The hula hoops are Hyperion Hoops.**Scott Millerhulahoop ham startup
84: You Can't Make Money Taking TestsThe founders of Bluestamp Engineering spoke with us about running a hands-on summer engineering program for high school students (while keeping their day jobs).Dave Young
Robin Mansukhani
83: The First Time I Was ElectrocutedRaman Pi creator Mark Johnson spoke with us about spectrometers, 3D printing, and competing in the Hackaday Prize.*Mark Johnsonhackaday 3dprinting spectrometer makersWhy this should win the Hackaday Prize
82: I Was a Chewbacca PersonJen, Chris, and Elecia talk about the movies that influenced them to go into engineering.Jen Costillomovies
81: Two of Those People Can’t Be DucksChris and Elecia babble up a show about gifts, conferences, and makers.babble conference
80: Most of Us Are Human BeingsBill Winterberg chatted with Elecia about leaving embedded engineering to become a financial planner then to being a technology adviser to other financial planners.Bill Winterbergfinancial_planning leapfrog
79: Not as Efficient as the BorgVicky Tuite came on the show to chat with Chris and Elecia about EVAOS, a company that upgrades Ford trucks into plug-in hybrids.Vicky Tuiteelectric_cars
78: Happy CowsChris Svec has an idea about adding empathy to software development. It is a good idea.***Chris Svecempathy engineeringBe Excellent to Each Other
77: Goldfish, Fetch My Slippers!Sophi Kravitz joined us to talk about working on neat things: Wobble World, Oculus Rift, Unity, goldfish training, and BlueStamp Engineering.*Sophi Kravitzconsulting makers vr
76: Entropy Is for WimpsRon Sparks spoke with us about the convergence of makers and ham radio enthusiasts.Ron Sparksham space_balloons makers
75: End up in a Puppy FightGlenn Scott and Nacho Solis spoke with Elecia about content-centric networking, being research scientists, and working at PARC.Glenn Scott
Nacho Solis
networking science
74: All of Us Came in SixthJohn Schuch talked with us about being a semifinalist in the Hackaday Prize, his project, and entering other contests.*John Schuchcontests hackaday water_conservation
73: That's a Waste of BitsChristopher and Elecia look through listener email, check in on what past guests are up to, and consider the best and worst of science in recent fiction.babble hackaday scifi
72: This is My NASA PhoneEmile Petrone talked with Chris and Elecia about Tindie: buying, selling, changing the rate of hardware innovation, having a burgeoning start up, connecting government agencies to craft electronics, etc.Emile Petronetindie boards maker startup
71: Dirty Your MindscapeIntellectual property attorney Judith Szepesi discusses what Elecia (and startups) need to know about patenting. Judith is a founding partner at HIP Legal, LLC.*Judith Szepesilaw patentBlocking Patents with Open Source Prior Art
70: Make Us All Into Sherlock HolmesRob Faludi, author of Building Wireless Sensor Networks and chief innovator at Digi International spoke with us about Zigbee, writing, and experimenting.*Rob Faludibluetooth art maker writer
69: Look at This Entire Aisle of StandoffsMike Szczys discusses Hackaday, the SPACE! prize, being a professional musician, and visiting Silicon Valley.*Mike Szczyshackaday music writerHackaday Wordy
68: Dancing with Hundreds of WomenAngie Chang joined us to talk about the coding bootcamp Hackbright Academy, their upcoming hardware hackathon, Girl Geek Dinners, and the extreme awkwardness of networking.Angie Changeducation hackathon social_awkwardnessThe hardware fun continues
67: Software for Things that Can Kill PeopleIn front of a live audience, Chris and Elecia talk about their experiences with FAA and FDA. This show was recorded live in front of the Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source meetup group at Hacker Dojo.*faa fda live engineering automotive
66: As Simple as PossibleJack Gassett is the creator of the open source FPGA Papilio development board. He joins Chris and Elecia to answer the age-old question of how to get started with FPGAs.***Jack Gassettfpga
65: Resonant Frequency of My ButtDarma is a nascent start-up focusing on optical sensors in a seat cushion to aid in posture, stress reduction, and meditation. Chris and Elecia speak with CEO Dr. Junhao Hu and Sharif Kassatly about building a company, going through the Haxlr8r's accelerator program, and choosing a crowd funding platform.Junhoa Hu
Sharif Kassatly
startup kickstarter posture
64: Making Making Embedded WhoopsChris hosted the show, asking Elecia what it was like to write her Making Embedded Systems book.*Elecia Whitewriting writerMaking Embedded Systems
63: Dingo-Rabbit DeathmatchSteve Dalton told us about starting a hackerspace, visiting Silicon Valley with a homebrew incubator group, and tech and fencing Australia.*Steve Daltonhackerspace startup australia
62: Costs a Penny to Go to the BathroomJosh Bleecher Snyder joined us to talk about PayPal's Beacon, being acquired, the Go programming language, BTLE, computer vision, and working at a large company after founding small ones.**Josh Bleecher Snyderble acquisitions
61: I Want Programmable PantsJen Costillo brings Fashion Professor Kyle Chan to discuss wearables from a different perspective.Jen Costillo
Kyle Chan
wearables fashion
60: Fun Things You Can Make Out of BeaglesJason Kridner joined us to talk about the BeagleBone Black... and other things.*Jason Kridnerbeagleboneblack projectsBeagle Bone Black
BONUS: Heartbreak AfterpartyChris and Elecia went on vacation so this week we have music for you: the Ballistic Cats.Ballistic Catsmusic
59: Vision for Simple MindsCraig Sullender of ChipSight joined Elecia and Christopher to talk about machine, computer, and embedded vision.*Craig Sullendermachine_vision startup
58: Use These Powers for GoodJoe Grand spoke with us about his life as Kingpin, hardware hacking, hosting a TV show, and being a Hackaday judge.***Joe Grandhackaday security
57: Engineering on the RunKen Milnes talked to Elecia and Chris about his career developing augmented reality for sports broadcasting.*Ken Milnessports
56: Rodents of Unusual SizeMatt Haines and Tom Byrne spoke to Elecia and Chris about Electric Imp. This discussion goes far beyond our first with Matt (Episode 6!). It is more software and implementation oriented than last week's Amp Hour.Matt Haines
Tom Byrne
electric_imp projects
55: Embedded Systems and CricketRadhika Thekkath, CEO of Agivox, joined Elecia to talk about her start up, entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, and getting NSF SBIR grants.Radhika Thekkathentrepreneur grants
54: Oh the Hugh ManateeElizabeth Brenner returned to the show to talk about the are-you-ok widget that she and Elecia have been working on. (The initial problem-statement show is episode 17.) There is now a SparkFun tutorial so you can build one of the are-you-ok widgets yourself.Elizabeth Brennerprojects electric_imp are_you_okSparkfun tutorial
BONUS: From Solid ConElecia attended O'Reilly's Solid Conference, recording a few of the people she met there. Note: this episode is recorded in a noisy location.Erin Mulcahy
Jack Mudd
Laurie Yoler
Taylor Stein
Ahmed Daoud
Terrence McKenna
53: Being a grownup engineerJack Ganssle shared his wisdom on being a good embedded software engineer (hint: it takes discipline).***Jack Gansslegrownup engineeringBe Excellent to Each Other
52: Maximize the sonic boomElecia spoke with Micheal Worry, CEO of Nuvation, about engaging with and working at a design firm.**Michael Worrydesign_firm
51: There is no crying in strcpyJen Costillo joins Elecia and Christopher to discuss their experiences interviewing (both as interviewer and interviewee).**Jen CostillointerviewingConducting a Technical Interview
50: The podcast formerly known as...Christopher White and Elecia celebrate a year in podcasting by talking about the show. Then they decide whether or not to change the name of the show to Embedded (yes).*babble introspection
49: Is that an Arduino in your pocketTenaya Hurst shares her incredible enthusiasm for teaching Arduino and the San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation (The Tech). Being a geo-athrop-actress, Tenaya teaches chemistry, geology, Arduino, and beginning wearables for the Tech, for their Galileo summer camp, for Oakland's Workshop Weekend, and on her own recognizance through her website.**Tenaya Hurstenthusiasm educationTinkering For Dummies
48: Widgets on the hands of antsDr. Kevin Shaw, CTO of Sensor Platforms, spoke with Elecia about his career progressing from designing MEMS to building a company that makes sensor fusion algorithms. Wandering from Internet of Things to Singularity University to power management in Android development, Kevin and Elecia wide ranging conversation.Kevin Shawsensors
47: Bridge of toothpicksNathan Tuck joined us to chat about varied topics relating to being an embedded (and graphics) engineer (and manager). Nate works at NVidia on the Tegra K1-64.Nathan Tuckmanaging engineering graphics mudder
46: I’m painting the turtleJennelle Crothers explained to Elecia what a technology evangelist does. Of course, it wasn't an embedded technology but it was still amusing. Plus, Elecia got to play with a Surface Pro.Jennelle Crothersmicrosoft
45: Yanking on a cat's tail is the only way to learnDavid Anders joined Elecia to chat about open source hardware, what it means, how to do it, and why.David Andersoshw
44: Light Up strikes backJosh Chan and Tarun Pondicherry, founders of Light Up returned to the show. In episode 7, they were midway through their kickstarter, planning to make a product to teach electronics to elementary and middle school students. They've start shipping, even distributing, their MiniKits (other kits will ship soon!). Elecia asks them if building their business and shipping the product went according to plan.Josh Chan
Tarun Pondicherry
education startup kickstarter
43: A lot of high-falutin’ mathTony Rios from MEMSIC spoke with Elecia about inertial systems and tuning algorithms used in sensor fusion (i.e. Kalman). The IMU380 will appear soon, creating a whole line of relatively inexpensive quality inertial measurement and inertial navigation systems.*Tony Riossensors inertial mudder
42: Blocks of gold with LCD displaysChristopher White and Elecia talk about the failed startups (and projects) they've been through, focusing on identifying how to discern the end is nigh.babble introspection engineering
41: Pink universes die really quicklyMicah Elizabeth Scott spoke about Fadecandy, a really neat way to control smart LEDs (NeoPixel, AdaFruit's term for the WS2812). The conversation ranged from beautiful LED control algorithms and open source embedded projects to triangle tessellations, art, and identity.**Micah Elizabeth Scottprojects maker fadecandy oshw math art
40: Mwahaha sessionEvil Mad Scientist's Lenore Edman talks about what evil mad scientists do on their path to world domination. Surprisingly, it consists largely of art, education, and soldering.Lenore Edmanemsl art maker
39: I blame spaceJen Constillo joined Elecia to talk about Jen's start-up: Bia Sport. They discuss the difficulties of being in an underfunded start-up as well as the joy of first shipping the product as well as their upcoming conference talks.Jen Costillostartup kickstarter conference
38: Blame the monkeyProducer Chris White and Elecia discuss some insurmountable problems and some strategies for approaching them.babble engineering problemsMy checklist for debugging insurmountable issues
37: Surf's upDr. Karen Shell and Elecia talk about modelling vs. building models, ocean albedo vs. ice, climate vs. weather, and science vs. policy. They gloat about being on vacation only intermittently.Karen Shellmodels climate vacation mudder
36: Drive the boat with a Wii moteElecia gushes about her favorite logic (and protocol) analyzer to Saleae co-founder Mark Garrison. They also discuss start-ups, manufacturing, and covering yourself with rum and pretending to be a pirate when harbor patrol arrives.*Mark Garrisonsaleae startup entrepreneur
35: All these different reasons why you might want to do somethingWant to learn how to get from idea to schematic, through layout, all the way to physical boards? Elecia spoke with Chris Gammell about his Contextual Electronics course to teach the missing steps between what an EE learns in college and what an design engineer's job entails.*Chris Gammellcontextual_electronics electronics learning podcasts
34: Really big cabbageElecia describes to Christopher how to design and create a firmware update mechanism. Hilarity ensues.bootloadersMaking Embedded Systems
33: Quitting my Finnish lessonsAlison Chaiken and Elecia discuss what you need to know to get into development for the automotive market.Alison Chaikenautomotive oshw foss
32: Woo woo wooPatrick Kane is the director of the Cypress University Alliance, working with colleges to provide development kits and information to college (and high school) students.Patrick Kanecypress fpga
31: If you see a dongle run awayProducer Christopher joins Elecia to look through their mailbag and talk about gift ideas.babble podcastsIntro to Podcast
30: Eventually lightning strikesJames Grenning joined Elecia to talk about how to be a good programmer using Test Driven Development (TDD). James' excellent book is on how to use TDD: Test Driven Development for Embedded Systems.**James Grenningtdd engineering
29: Ducking the quadcopterKathleen Vaeth of MicroGen Systems spoke with Elecia about energy harvesting using MEMS devices.Kathleen Vaethenergy startup
28: A lot of wish fulfillmentAuthor Laura Lemay spoke with Elecia about writing books, APIs, code, and science fiction. Laura wrote many of the Teach Yourself ... in 21 Days books: her bibliography on Amazon.Laura Lemaywriting writer
27: You are blowing my mindThis is a series of short interviews from the MEMS Industry Group Executive Congress and the 2013 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference.Ivo Stivoric
Sam Guilaume
Dave Rothenberg
Stephen Walsh
David Peter
conference memsIntroducing myself
26: The tofu problemIn this in-depth technical discussion, Dr. Ken Lunde helps Elecia understand how to internationalize her (memory constrained) device.Ken Lundelocalization internationalization writerDevice Internationalization
25: Thunderdome for antennas​Jen Costillo surfaced briefly from her startup-induced blackout to share her wisdom about manufacturing consumer products. They discussed new product development and working from (and making modifications to) Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, CA.Jen Costilloproducts
24: I'm a total fraudListener Jim Gf posed an interesting question about how to tell if you are a good embedded software engineer. Producer Christopher White joins Elecia to fail to give an answer. While they mention the embedded C test, they devolve into "why would you ask that question?", impostor syndrome, and methods for dealing with it.**imposter_syndrome
23: Go for everything that I want​Jeri Ellsworth joins Elecia to talk about about co-founding Technical Illusions and their virtual and augmented reality product CastAR. Jeri gives an in-depth introduction to virtual reality, augmented reality and motion sickness. They also talk about hardware engineers working with software engineers, the CastAR's Kickstarter, children's toys, and tagging sharks for science.***Jeri Ellsworthkickstarter vr
22: Minecraft is the new Apple II​Jordan Hart from Digital Media Academy joined Elecia to discuss ways to make science, technology, and engineering fun for kids through Minecraft, Arduino robotics, and music.Jordan Harteducation minecraft
21: The tent is flat and everyone is wetRob Mitchell and Elecia discuss management, what they like about project schedules, and lessons learned on the path from engineer to manager.Rob Mitchellmanaging learning
20: Soldered together by monkeysPhil King of Weekend Engineering returned to give Elecia advice on how to fabricate a board, both in a professional capacity and for garage projects.Phil Kingboards
19: Bacon and beer eventKaren Field and Elecia spoke about 2014 DesignWest, the embedded systems conference, and how to submit your idea for a session.Karen Fieldconference
18: Brine solids building up in strange places​Elecia White and Amy Button discuss Amy's dream of going to Mars, her previous role in training astronauts to handle disasters, and her current work on a magic box of rocks that will keep Orion's air breathable.Amy Buttonspace mars
17: Facebook status: maybe not deadElecia White spoke with Elizabeth Brenner about devices that can be used to help families worry less about grandparents who live alone (and 87-year-old neighbor friends named Dolores). ​Life Alert is the big name in senior push-button call systems.*Elizabeth Brennerprojects electric_imp are_you_okA promise that, in the future, it will be better
16: Democracy is the worst form of governmentElecia tries to get a handle on whether Agile works with embedded software. Curtis Cole argues in favor of user stories, scrums, and story points.Curtis Coleagile engineering
15: Robot on the front​Andreas Eieland from Atmel joined Elecia to talk about how the AVR processor line came to life, why there is an AVR in Arduino, and the spirit of making things.Andreas Eielandprocessors history
14: Hot​Artist Kristin Anderson of Idle Creativity spoke with Elecia about the technology of working with slumped glass, getting started on Etsy (Elecia mentioned her craft electronic ideas), and moving from Silicon Valley technology to artistic pursuitsKristin Andersonart business
13: Introspective nasal gazingChristopher White emerges from his producer responsibilities to chat with Elecia about starting a podcast: the gadgetry, the software, the distribution, and, the big question, why we do it.podcasts
12: You have a Jedi swordDr. Edward White spoke with Elecia about how technology has changed medicine. He described gadgets used in surgery (harmonic scalpel!), how hospitals acquire tools, and why engineers should be focused on patient benefit.Edward Whitedoctor surgery
11: Tell me I'm wrong, it's fineKaren Lightman joins Elecia White to talk about the infinite awesomeness of tiny MEMS devices. Recorded at the (somewhat noisy but lovely and delicious) Blue Brasserie during SEMICON West. Karen is the Executive Director of the MEMS Industry Group, the nonprofit trade association advancing MEMS across global markets.Karen Lightmanmems sensors conference
10: Hands off, babyJen Costillo joined Elecia White to discuss the secret parts of C, keywords that only embedded software engineers seem to know about. They talk about interviewing and why these keywords make good questions for finding folks who use the language to its full potential. On the show they mention a list of embedded interview questions with answers.*Jen CostilloC keywords interviewingMaking Embedded Systems
9: Kidnapped and blindfoldedRandi Eckstein grilled Elecia White on inertial sensors: when to use accelerometers vs. gyroscopes; gyroscopes vs. rate sensors; how to make an inertial measurement unit; the basics of quaternions and Kalman filters; what products need which sensors (and why).Randi Ecksteininertial sensors
8: Studebaker Love StoryElecia White is on vacation. Please enjoy some music from the Ballistic Cats!Ballistic Catsmusic
7: Lights, camera, electronsJosh Chan and Tarun Pondicherry, founders of Light Up, joined Elecia White to talk about how to teach electronics to elementary and middle school students.Josh Chan
Tarun Pondicherry
education startup kickstarter
6: Do robot squirrels dream of electric imps...Matt Haines of Electric Imp joined Elecia White to discuss how to connect cats (and other things) to the Internet.Matt Haineselectric_imp projects
5: Passion is contagiousAkkana Peck discussed her impending course: about an introduction to Arduino workshop for high school students. Arduino boards are a fantastic way to encourage people into embedded systems. The boards are cheap, the starter kits are great, there are lots of things you can do with them, and the compiler software is free.Akkana Peckeducation
4: Are we not lawyers?Elecia and Chrisdiscuss why they chose to go into consulting and what they've learned while building Logical Elegance into the company it is.*consultingCalculating Your Rate
3: Plenty of candy, no guns​Elecia White and Phil King of Weekend Engineering talk about things a hardware engineer wants software engineers to know. Drifting a bit from topic to topic, they touch on interviewing, oscilloscopes, ways to light hardware on fire, why they work on projects at home and writing novels.Phil Kinghw_v_sw projects