October 9, 2013

Tutorial 3 for CadSoft Eagle: CAM Output and DFM

In the third installment of my Eagle tutorial series, I show you how to prepare your circuit board design for manufacturing, including performing DFM (Design for Manufacturability) checks, and generating output Gerber files. Continue reading

Just Another Day at Maker Faire

October 2, 2012

Reporting In from the 2012 Open Hardware Summit and World Maker Faire

I just got back from the 3rd annual Open Hardware Summit and World Maker Faire. It’s been a whirlwind week of robots, 3D Printers, inspiring talks, education, networking and more. I’m excited to share all the details! Continue reading

Founding Members of the PopShop Co-Working Space

August 8, 2012

e14 Blog Post: How Start-ups are Changing Everything

As I’ve mentioned before, entrepreneurship is something I’m rather passionate about. With the recent founding of the PopShop co-working space, my time spent at NYC start-ups BlueStamp Engineering and MakerBot Industries, and my involvement with Cornell’s new NYC Tech Campus, … Continue reading

Eagle Tutorial 2

July 6, 2012

Tutorial 2 for CadSoft Eagle: Printed Circuit Board Layout

In this second tutorial on CadSoft Eagle, I’ll show you how to turn your schematic into a board design that you can get manufactured! Specifically, I’ll cover part layout, automatic and manual routing, layer and grid controls, ULPs, ground pours, net classes, and much more! Continue reading

Tutorial 1 for Eagle: Schematic Design

June 9, 2012

Tutorial 1 for CadSoft Eagle: Schematic Design

This is the first in a series of tutorials that will focus on using the very popular Eagle CAD program to design circuit boards from concept, to schematic, to board layout, to printed circuit board. In this first episode, I’ll show you how to get Eagle up and running, and how to design your first schematic. Continue reading

Stephen Hawking - Teacher and "Doer"

August 14, 2011

e14 Blog Post: Those Who Can Do, Should Teach

Lumex LCD Display

July 15, 2011

Product Road Test: Lumex Backlit 16×2 LCD Display

This is a review of the Lumex LCR-U01602DSF/DWH 16×2 Backlit LCD Display. It was provided to me for evaluation by element14/Newark Electronics. You can purchase it or learn more here. I tested its performance by using it with an arduino … Continue reading

This is the question that constantly irks technophiles. What is the next major technology going to be? Can we even conceive what it will be like? Or, is it so far out that no words in our dictionary can even describe what it will do? What will the implications be? How will we get to that point? And most importantly: How soon can I get one? The following is a “wish list” of upcoming technologies that I think we are actually on track to create in the next few decades. Despite the fact that I’d love to own a TARDIS, there are no interstellar time machines or similarly complex technologies here. These are only things that we really have the potential to develop. Truly Holographic Displays and Interactions Touchable Holography Holographic displays have been around for some time now, but they have yet to reach ubiquity. More importantly, complex 3D interactions with holographic displays (like in the movies) are still a way off. However, new research and consumer products like the Microsoft Kinect and Wiimotes are bringing us closer and closer to virtual 3D interactions. The key to making holographic interaction marketable will be to develop an intuitive user interface; this will require that tactile feedback is present and realistic. To date, I’ve only found one example of a tactile feedback hologram system: The “Touchable Holography” system uses ultra sound waves at their focal points to generate simulated contact forces from the image displayed in the hologram. Personal Fabrication Machines MakerBot Thing-O-Matic Again, I’m a bit biased in this field since I work in a 3D Printing Lab at my University, and I’m currently employed at Makerbot Industries. But would I be doing those things if I didn’t think personal-level manufacturing was going to be big!? For those who aren’t familiar with 3D printing, devices like the Makerbot Thing-O-Matic allow you to print almost anything you can imagine out of plastic by depositing layers one by one until an object is built up. Devices like this have major implications for the way we lead our lives – could there be a new DIY generation on the horizon? I hope so! Vacations to Space Virgin "SpaceShipTwo" Technically, you can book one of these right now. But, it’s probably safe to assume that you don’t have a spare $200,000 laying around to book a spot on Virgin Galactic’s maiden flight. But just think how quickly we’ve reached this point. It was less than a decade ago that civilian space flight even entered consideration, and now we’re already seeing successful test flights! It’s only a matter of time before price comes down, and you get the chance to try to spot your house from space. Computers and Machines that Understand Natural Language HAL from "2001: A Space Odyssey" Natural language processing is one of the holy grails of Artificial intelligence and will likely be impossible to accomplish with even complex algorithms. In order to make machines fully capable of understanding human language (any language), an extremely sophisticated artificial intelligence program will need to first be crafted – one that rivals the human brain. To my knowledge, nobody has a good estimate of when we will reach “technological singularity”, but an average estimate seems to be around the year 2040. Now we just need to make sure that robots don’t take over the world before they get the chance to listen to us . Programmable Matter + Self Reconfiguring and Aware Robots "Stochastic Modular Assembly" This is yet another topic where I do research, so it’s close to my heart, and goes hand in hand with personal manufacturing. The first time I heard about this was during a presentation from Intel about “Claytronics” - a collaborative technology being developed with Carnegie Mellon University. Programmable matter would permit for the instantaneous modeling and reconfiguration of 3D objects in the physical world – Think play-doh on steroids.

June 15, 2011

e14 Blog Post: What’s Next?

This latest element14 blog is basically me predicting the future. So, if you want something to tease me about in a few decades when none of these things have come to fruition, you should read this latest post. Here’s an … Continue reading

Open Source

May 15, 2011

e14 Blog Post: Open-Sourcing Your Next Project

Following is an excerpt from my latest blog post on the Do-It-Together Blog. Visit element14 to read the whole thing! The electronics and software industries have changed drastically in the past two decades (well, duh). But I’m not talking about new … Continue reading