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Circuit Break Podcast #88

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October 6, 2017, Episode #88

Stephen finishes his project and Parker starts hacking his Jeep's wiring harness.

Podcast Notes

  • Parker
    • Next Jeep Project: Factory Cruise Control RetroFit
      • Currently missing the wiring to go to the PCM (Power Control Module) of the Jeep
      • Buy a used harness for connector pins and modify the current harness
    • PinHeck REV8 EOTL Update
      • Inner layers are 0.5oz copper. Watch out for that.
      • RPI3 CM will have its own power rails to keep the power clean
  • Rapid Fire Opinion (RFO)
    • Google Clips is a new $249 smart camera that you can wear – TechCrunch
      • Passive use camera
      • 3hr battery life
      • Grabs “Motion Photos”. Its 1910’s all over again.
      • It looks for people it recognizes and captures information
      • “Automatically suggests the best moments”
    • The Art of Blinky Business CardsBrian McEvoy on HackADay
      • NFC powered business cards
        • NXP: NT3H1101 which has energy harvesting built in
      • Parker’s SuperBoost business card that is all forgotten about on HackADay.
      • Stephen’s business card idea will include a little bit of everything that demonstrate all of your capabilities.
      • We have a Slack Channel! Come join the conversation.
Figure 2: Parker’s long lost SUPER BOOST business card.

Figure 2: Parker’s long lost SUPER BOOST business card.

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 began his electronics career by building musical oriented circuits in 2003. Stephen is an avid guitar player and, in his down time, manufactures audio electronics including guitar amplifiers, pedals, and pro audio gear. Stephen graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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

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