The 2014 Maker Faire Bay Area will take place in San Mateo, CA this coming weekend, May 17-18th. I’ll be there! No booth this time. I’ll be wandering around the fairgrounds hoping to actually see the Faire this year.
Rescue Shield kits are (finally!) back in stock.
The Rescue Shield is a 100% open source, Arduino-based high voltage mode fuse programmer for AVR microcontrollers.
It allows you bring an otherwise “bricked” or misconfigured AVR back to life by editing the configuration fuses that control the operation of the RESET pin, the internal oscillator, and other features of the microcontroller. The Rescue Shield can talk to chips when ordinary ISP programmers can’t.
The amplifier was designed with an early version of Agilent ADS, PCBs were fabricated on Rogers 5880 (Duroid), and we hand built several prototypes on K-connector fixtures that Tony designed. Measured results were consistent with our simulations.
Tony and I won an award for this project at the Eureka! undergraduate research conference in June 2000.
I heard recently that this project is being used as an example of a good EE senior design project at other universities, so I dug up an original copy of the paper we submitted and posted a PDF here.
What an awesome event. Great people, great talks, and gorgeous weather made for an epic weekend in Cambridge.
Also, I just finished recording a shiny new episode of The Amp Hour, which should be online
as soon as Chris finishes editing. Look for it later tonight or tomorrow on Tuesday.
There are three major events of interest to open source hardware and makery folks this month:
- The Open Hardware Summit is this Friday (9/6) in Cambridge, MA. I’ll be there with Chris Gammell of the Amp Hour. Tickets are still available.
- The 32nd annual Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) Digital Communications Conference takes place in Seattle on September 20-22nd.
- The World Maker Faire New York takes place on the same weekend, September 21-22nd, in Queens, NY.
I’ll be at OHS and TAPR, but have to skip the NY Maker Faire this year. I imagine that far fewer folks from OHS will be attending NYMF now that those events are no longer co-located.
Sorry NYMF, but I can’t turn down an excuse to visit my friends in Harvard square.