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April 2, 2024, Episode #424

This week, delve into the fascinating world of Batman's utility belt. We begin by tracing the evolution of this iconic accessory from its humble origins to its current complex design. The belt features a diverse array of gadgets, tools, and essentials utilized by the Dark Knight. Our discussion covers a wide range of items, from lockpicking tools to unique additions like crayons and lollipops. We examine the practicality and innovative engineering behind Batman's assortment of tools and contemplate what items electrical engineers might include in their own specialized utility belts. Join us for an insightful exploration of superhero gadgetry and its parallels in real-world engineering.

Discussion Highlights:

  • Batman and Engineering: Could Batman be seen as an engineer? Relies on technology and intellect rather than superhuman abilities.
  • Utility Belt Evolution: The history and evolution of Batman's iconic utility belt, from its initial simplistic design and its evolution into a more complex, gadget-laden accessory.
  • Batarang: The Batarang, one of Batman's signature tools, is hypothesized to function similarly to modern drone technology.
  • Sonic Devastator: A non-lethal weapon that uses sounds where different frequencies have different effects on the human body.
  • Identity Disk: Fail-safe for revealing his identity posthumously, ensuring that Batman's persona cannot be assumed by others after his death.
  • Batman's Lockpicking Skills: Less emphasized in recent portrayals, highlighting a shift from stealth to brute force in his character's evolution.
  • Is the Lockpicking Lawyer Batman?: Could the popular YouTuber, the LockPickingLawyer, be Batman, given his skill set and the mystery surrounding his identity?
  • Unusual Utility Belt Items: Quirky and unconventional items found in Batman's utility belt include crayons and lollipops, showcasing Batman's preparedness for diverse situations.
  • The Significance of Batman's Logo: The ubiquity of the Batman logo on his gadgets and tools. Does he get stickers made?
  • Engineering a EE Utility Belt: What would comprise an electrical engineer's version of Batman's utility belt? Could include a handheld oscilloscope, wire, heat shrink, and even fantasy items like aerosolized Kapton tape.
  • Utility Belt as an Interview Strategy: A light-hearted suggestion that job applicants show up to interviews wearing a utility belt filled with engineering tools to stand out.
  • What Would Be in Your Utility Belt?

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About the Hosts

Parker Dillmann
  Parker Dillmann

Parker is an Electrical Engineer with backgrounds in Embedded System Design and Digital Signal Processing. He got his start in 2005 by hacking Nintendo consoles into portable gaming units. The following year he designed and produced an Atari 2600 video mod to allow the Atari to display a crisp, RF fuzz free picture on newer TVs. Over a thousand Atari video mods where produced by Parker from 2006 to 2011 and the mod is still made by other enthusiasts in the Atari community.

In 2006, Parker enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin as a Petroleum Engineer. After realizing electronics was his passion he switched majors in 2007 to Electrical and Computer Engineering. Following his previous background in making the Atari 2600 video mod, Parker decided to take more board layout classes and circuit design classes. Other areas of study include robotics, microcontroller theory and design, FPGA development with VHDL and Verilog, and image and signal processing with DSPs. In 2010, Parker won a Ti sponsored Launchpad programming and design contest that was held by the IEEE CS chapter at the University. Parker graduated with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Spring of 2012.

In the Summer of 2012, Parker was hired on as an Electrical Engineer at Dynamic Perception to design and prototype new electronic products. Here, Parker learned about full product development cycles and honed his board layout skills. Seeing the difficulties in managing operations and FCC/CE compliance testing, Parker thought there had to be a better way for small electronic companies to get their product out in customer's hands.

Parker also runs the blog, longhornengineer.com, where he posts his personal projects, technical guides, and appnotes about board layout design and components.

Stephen Kraig
  Stephen Kraig

Stephen Kraig is a component engineer working in the aerospace industry. He has applied his electrical engineering knowledge in a variety of contexts previously, including oil and gas, contract manufacturing, audio electronic repair, and synthesizer design. A graduate of Texas A&M, Stephen has lived his adult life in the Houston, TX, and Denver, CO, areas.

Stephen has never said no to a project. From building guitar amps (starting when he was 17) to designing and building his own CNC table to fine-tuning the mineral composition of the water he uses to brew beer, he thrives on testing, experimentation, and problem-solving. Tune into the podcast to learn more about the wacky stuff Stephen gets up to.

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