Derek Kozel talks about the software stack required to “program” a software defined radio (SDR). The discussion delves into GNU Radio and includes live demos viewing the spectrum on a custom SDR receiver.
Mike Harrison talks about designing large art installations, based around readily available components. The main project discussed is a smart “Vanity Mirror” which captures images of the user and feeds them back onto small LCD screens in a large array. Discussion includes sourcing components, finding connectors and the architecture behind the entire project.
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Joe Menard talks about building a DIY home automation (IoT) system when the commercially available products didn’t seem worth the money. Many lessons were learned along the way.
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Monk Funkster talks about the intricacies of analog synthesizers and the internal building blocks.
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James Lewis, marketing manager for Kemet Capacitors, talks about the range of misconceptions surrounding capacitors, especially that they are “simple” devices. There are many considerations for capacitors, depending on the chemistry and configuration of a particularly capacitor.
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Form factor matters, especially for prototyping. Philip has developed a new device that works with breadboards but still has all of the benefits of modern ARM processors and RF.
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Going to China for the first time can be a confusing experience. Jesse shares his trials of finding a manufacturer for a custom, “heirloom” keyboard.
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This week the Phy team got our hands on a new PCB milling machine called the Othermill from the folks over at Other Machine Co. (OMC) — a San Francisco startup determined to bring desktop PCB manufacturing back into vogue. And this was no loaner…let’s be clear: we’d purchased the Othermill cash (ok CC) at full MSRP, after getting a live demo onsite at the OMC HQ in San Francisco.
Each month we’re compiling a list of part searches from Findchips.com & Parts.io, taken from Supplyframe’s ranked search feed. From that list we’ve stripped out the standard fare (e.g. discrete resistors & capacitors in chip packages – 0402, 0603, 0805, etc) and what’s left is a snapshot of what you and others are searching for and our comments on some of the items we found curious.
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Our parent company Supplyframe is co-sponsoring this upcoming event with some of the biggest names in analog in Silicon Valley. We are re-posting event info distributed by Tim McCune here (with permission and some formatting changes) so more people can find out about the upcoming fun and hopefully attend.
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