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MEP EP#35: Surgical Synthesizers

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Runtime: (35:59)

Parker Dillmann
Stephen Kraig


Podcast Notes

  • Parker got the bootloader on the EFM8 working. The Errata shows that EFM8 chips younger then data code 1601 do not have a working bootloader. Should have an article out next week about using the EFM8 MCUs.
  • EFM8 Factory Bootloader User Guide and the associated software. Has open source Python code for the uploader.
  • DTRData Terminal Ready : RTSRequest To Send
  • Stephen – “C is awesome”
  • Parker thinks someone should make an IDE where you can click on register names and it will open up the datasheet to the correct spot.
  • MacroDuino: “Better version of the Arduino Uno”. Has USB Type-C, a FT230X, and a non working power management. See Figure 1.
  • Stephen was out for most of the week for his wife’s surgery. They used the DaVinci Machine. It is a “ridiculous medical like robot, anime, mecha, crazied” 4 armed robot where the doctor sits in a pod and controls everything remotely.
  • Video of the DaVinici Machine skinning an apple.
  • While waiting during surgery, Stephen designed a voltage controlled amplifier for a synthesizer design he is working on. See Figure 2. It uses a THAT Corporation THAT2180. Does 0dB down to -120dB using only two ICs.
  • Silicon Labs released the Thunderboard Sense. Has loads of sensors!
  • Snap Chat is in the Hardware game now. The Spectacles are glasses that capture 10 sec videos. Looks super hipster.  Has wireless but unknown on what kind of connectivity. Probably Bluetooth. Will it survive where Google Glasses failed?
  • Parker wants to put a light tower on the outside of the new shops bathroom to indicate the current status. Smart bathrooms are the way of the future.
  • Hot Wheel brand capacitors. Why?

Parker's MacroDuino Hardware flub.
Figure 1: Parker’s Macro Duino Hardware flub.

Stephen's Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Figure 2: Stephen’s Voltage Controlled Amplifier using the THAT2180 chip.

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