Element14 Raises the Robot Bar
You scream, I scream, we all scream for…ROBOTS! In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the GertBOT, a new robotics add-on board for Raspberry Pi recently released by Element 14. I’ve got Sagar Jethani with me to tell you about the powerful capabilities of this new expansion board. Sagar and I also explore the correlation between guitar playing and engineering, and why Eddie Van Halen is called "the Edison of guitar players.” Then, in keeping with our spirit of innovation and musical invention, I explore a new Etsy product that hopes to usher in a new generation of mixtapes. Read More
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The changing role of European Funding for Embedded Systems R&D
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Three years after spending $334 million to acquire SeaMicro, AMD has shuttered the entire unit and killed off the brand name and all of its products. (Yesterday)
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The barriers to entry into the Internet of Things can be steep – especially if you’re a small company. Kits and platforms can simplify things. (16-Apr)
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Imec presented some results at ISSCC that sounded at first blush like a MEMS topic we’ve discussed before. Turns out it’s not quite that simple. (14-Apr)
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Multiple financial news sources are reporting today that talks between Intel and Altera have ended... (9-Apr)
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