MEP EP#23: Interview with Ben Heck of The Ben Heck Show

Parker Dillmann |   |  Ben Heck, Engineering Podcast, MEP, Midwest Gaming Classic, SNES, Sony, Spooky Pinball, The Ben Heck Show, Virtual Reality, VR

MacroFab Engineering Podcast

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Runtime: (60:04)

Hosts:
Parker Dillmann
Stephen Kraig

Guests:
Benjamin Heckendorn




Ben and Parker
Figure 1: Ben and Parker enjoying their time off.

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Figure 2: Pinheck pinball machine PCB. Designed by Parker and Ben.

Podcast Notes

  • Dactyl Nightmare –  One of the first demonstrations of virtual reality used in a video game at the mall of America in the early 90s.
  • Sony/Nintendo Console – Before Sony created the Playstation, they had partnered with Nintendo to create a SNES console. The Ben Heck show has a tear down of the device.
  • SNES Star Fox VoicesBen shows us his excellent talent of emulating the voices of the characters from the Super Nintendo Star Fox game.
  • Parker and Ben tell the story of how they met at the Midwest Gaming Classic.
  • Pinheck System – Parker and Ben discuss in detail the design of the Pinheck Pinball System. This control system is used in the America’s most haunted pinball maching made by Spooky Pinball.
  • We determined that the Parallax Propeller utilizes the Von Neumann architecture as opposed to the Harvard architecture for its program memory.
  • Adafruit recently had an interview with Matt Berggren, the director of Autodesk circuits, to talk about the future of Eagle. The interview can be found here.
  • Mega Processor – A massive, discrete-level processor designed by James Newman which uses over 42,000 transistors is finally complete. His project can be found here.
  • A clone of the Apollo Guidance computer, the computer that brought astronauts to the moon and back, has been built by John Pultorak.  Schematics can be found here.

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