Prototyping and Beyond with FATHOM 3D Printing
Move over niche applications, 3D printing is headed to prime time! In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the evolution of 3D printing and investigate how 3D printed materials are changing the prototyping landscape. Rich Stump from FATHOM joins me to discuss the how 3D printed material allows them to help designers and engineers make the “un-makeable”. We also chat about how enterprise and consumer 3D printing differ, cutting edge 3D printing applications, and what the future holds.
The 2016 MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress
It all started in 1976 with a pressure control sensor in an automotive design. The sensor revolution began, and we had no idea that in forty short years we would be looking at sensors and MEMS-enabled systems that would drive around thirty million connected devices. In this week’s Fish Fry, we bring you the coolest innovations and groundbreaking designs from this year’s MEMS Executive Congress in Scottsdale Arizona. We’ve got a selection of interviews from the Technology Showcase including a new always-on piezoelectric MEMS microphone, a biometric gaming application that uses real-time biometric data, the world’s first SmartCase with built-in microprocessing technology, and much more.
The Recent DDoS Attacks and IoT Security Today
In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we tackle the issues surrounding the recent DDoS attacks with Barr Group CEO Andrew Girson. We investigate the systemic security issues facing IoT designs today, the security challenges posed by legacy IoT devices, and the steps we need to take to create a more efficient development process for secure embedded systems. Also this week, we chat with Keith Reed (COO - DevicePilot) about the details of DevicePilot's cloud-based IoT management software.
Are the Aggressors Going to Win, and Who Wears the White Hat?
Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz, the Prussian general who also was a theoretical thinker, wrote, "War is a mere continuation of politics by other means." What exactly he meant by this is the subject of serious debate. Today, however, we are seeing another "continuation of politics by other means", as cyber attacks are moving from data gathering and financial fraud and theft by criminals to attacks on physical systems, including elements of national infrastructures by nation states or organisations closely linked to nation states – in short, cyberwarfare
Open Effect Breaks In to Study Privacy
Privacy is a gnarly problem. It’s a big concern for consumers – part of the reason why the consumer Internet of Things (CIoT) isn’t yet the big deal that proponents were hoping it would be by now. There are no purely technical solutions – or, perhaps better said, any technical efforts to boost privacy ultimately rely on people and the policies they create. Policies are great, but does reality match the policy?
Product Creation and Development with TwistThink
Our brains never seem to know when to stop. We dream of algorithmic optimization. We worry about board design while soaping up in the shower. Our family dinners are peppered with thoughts of thermal dissipation. Turning our daydreams and brainstorms into reality, however, is something else entirely. In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we investigate TwistThink's innovative approach to product design. TwistThink CEO Bob Niemiec joins us to discuss how we can convert our bright ideas into successful marketable products.
…and Other News from Applied Micro and Your TV Maker
Well, that didn’t take long.
In yet another example of the “what gets measured gets done” syndrome, some TV manufacturers now stand accused of cheating on their energy-consumption testing. According to the environmental monitors at the Natural Resources Defense Council, several big-screen TVs are cheating by detecting the government-standard testing methodology and artificially reducing their power to get a rosier efficiency rating. Do you suppose the test engineers drove to work in diesel Volkswagens?
Intermolecular and New Materials Discovery
The journey is not an easy one. Most engineers can't even see the finish line, let alone complete the race. The future of our industry hangs in balance and this is a competition that must be won - one way or another. In this week's fish fry, we investigate the perilous path to new material discovery with Chris Kramer of Intermolecular. Chris and I discuss the materials discovery process, the subtle interaction between process tools and new materials, and the challenges and opportunities new materials can bring. Also this week, we take a closer look at a new type of 3D printed material developed at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute, in Potsdam, Germany that can make simple machines out of 3D printed plastic.
Cloud Security Fails… Again.
“There is no cloud. It’s just someone else’s computer.” – Chris Watterston
It was all my fault. I know that now. Still, they could have made it easier.
One of the major cloud services – pick your favorite – recently suffered a security breach. Shock! Evidently someone hacked the service’s customer database and appropriated several million customer records, including mine
Starship’s Intelligent Six Wheeled Autonomous Vehicles and NASA’s Robot Auction
Robotics is the name of the game in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. Allan Martinson (COO - Starship Technologies) introduces us to a new robotic delivery system coming to a city near you! Allan and I discuss the details of Starship’s autonomous 6-wheeled robotic vehicles, how embedded vision sets their autonomous vehicles apart from the rest of the robotic pack, and where he sees robotics headed in the next decade. Also this week, we check out a hydraulically-powered robot called PDAD (Power Driven Articulated Dummy) created for NASA in the early 1960s to test spacesuits. Looking for a curiosity for the office, or a date to your (not-so) favorite cousin’s wedding in a couple months? This robot and all of its creepy glory can be yours in an upcoming auction in Cambridge, Massachusetts.