electronics podcast, MacroFab, macrofab engineering podcast, Phil Bresnahan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Smartfin, stoked, Surf Board, The Lost bird Project, UC San Diego
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MEP EP #164: Surfing for Science: Phil Bresnahan of Smartfin

Podcast Notes

Phil Bresnahan

  • Has made the water his playground and office for most of his life
  • Senior Development Engineer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography a department of UC San Diego, and the Lead Engineer of the Smartfin Project

Smartfin

  • What is Smartfin?
  • Why use a Surf Board for this platform?
  • What kind of sensors does this fin have?
    • How does it measure the ocean’s chemistry?
  • Construction techniques?
  • How is the fin charged and powered?
  • Hardware challenges with the design?
  • How does someone contribute to the project?
  • BBC Documentary

Announcements!

KiCon 2019 is a user conference for the popular open source CAD program KiCad. Happening April 26th and 27th 2019 in Chicago IL, this is the first and largest gathering of hardware developers using KiCad. Talks at the conference will span hardware design, revision control, scripting, manufacturing considerations, proper library management and getting  started developing the underlying tools. All announced talks have been listed on the conference site.

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Dr. Phil Bresnahan of Smartfin giving a talk about the project.

Dr. Phil Bresnahan of Smartfin giving a talk about the project.

 

Construction of the SmartFin using molds, fiberglass, and epoxy resin. The electronics are embedded.

Construction of the SmartFin using molds, fiberglass, and epoxy resin. The electronics are embedded.

 

The SmartFin attached to a surfboard. Ready to collect data!

The SmartFin attached to a surfboard. Ready to collect data!


Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!