Makers Conquer the World

From Artisan to Arduino at World Maker Faire

by Kevin Morris

We walk past a small booth at the 2014 World Maker Faire, and a young boy, perhaps eight or nine years old, jumps out to get our attention. He is so excited we can barely understand what he is saying. He wants us to see his sneakers - adorned with an array of LEDs giving a high-energy light show that would make any grade-schooler envious. He explains that he programmed the lights himself. He is ecstatic, and his enthusiasm radiates into the crowd. “Can I sign you up? Can I sign you up?” He pulls up a registration form on a laptop computer. We have no idea what he wants us to sign up for.

A look inside the sneakers reveals an Arduino board with its obligatory Atmel AVR microcontroller. Sitting on the table nearby is another laptop - running a kid-friendly drag-and-drop programming interface that allows kids to write code to create their own shoe-wear lighting spectacular. You want blinky shoes? You gotta program them first. It’s gonna be FUN!  Read More


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IoT Standards

Posted on 09/22/14 at 5:19 PM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Thanks for the link, Will. I'll look into it.

Tiny Diamonds

Posted on 09/22/14 at 9:50 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think about using ultra-nano-crystalline diamond as an actuator?

Differentiation versus Diversity

Posted on 09/18/14 at 10:10 PM by TileGuy

TileGuy
Hi Jim, nice to see your very positive comments about Tilera’s architecture and performance achievements. And we've got over 100 designs at companies like Cisco, Brocade, ZTE, Checkpoint who agree with that. But it’s worth correcting a couple statement…

IoT Standards

Posted on 09/18/14 at 2:08 PM by WillGrubb

WillGrubb
http://www.weightless.org/about/m2m-communications

The M2M communications sector requires the following:

Low cost hardware and service.
Chipset costs need to be in the region $1-$2 and annual service charges less than $10 to make embedding wireles…

Be a Better Programmer

Posted on 09/17/14 at 12:56 AM by juergenuk

juergenuk
Programmers put the bugs in. So they should get help where possible with tools and training to minimize. One way is to have a very rigid structure across the whole group.
On LinkedIN there was an interesting discussion, and some said: I want my programmi…

There’s a Processor in My FPGA!

Posted on 09/16/14 at 2:35 PM by SteveCasselman

Altera's OpenCL SDK allows software programmers to use the FPGA's fabric as easily as they use the processor cores. The same code that runs on an SoC also runs on the largest parts. Altera is also committed to having an SoC in each family so the Stratix 1…

Go-Fast FPGA Design

Posted on 09/16/14 at 1:23 PM by gabor@alacron.com

gabor@alacron.com
I'd add "Make room for heatsinks." Especially if you're packing the whole FPGA with logic and cranking up the clock, you will need help taking the heat from the chip. I've never regretted allowing extra room for a big heatsink, including board-level mou…

Go-Fast FPGA Design

Posted on 09/16/14 at 9:43 AM by kevin

kevin
A few synthesis-specific things I neglected to mention in the article:
- Multiple synthesis tools: If you have access to more than one synthesis tool, use all of them. Even the lousy one that seems like it never works will win on some designs. The only w…

Feed It Forward (And Back)

Posted on 09/15/14 at 9:45 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think about KLA-Tencor's feed-forward approach?

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