Making Embedded Systems

My new favorite podcast is Making Embedded Systems, which is hosted by Elecia White, and while it’s described as a “podcast about gadgets”, I’ve found it to be much more informative and entertaining than just talking about gadgets might be.

If I remember correctly, I found the podcast because I read about the FadeCandy on the Adafruit blog, and I was already familiar with Micah’s work (ahem) and saw this post on her blog mentioning the podcast.

After listening to episode 41 with Michah, I noticed that the previous episode featured Lenore from Evil Mad Scientist. From there I moved one more episode back for Jen Costillo talking about Bia Sport, which was also quite enlightening, and then, to top it all off, how could I not listen to Jeri Ellsworth talk about CastAR? I mean. whatever Jeri talks about is going to be fascinating, but honestly, I didn’t have much interest in CastAR before listening, because I thought it was just a gaming system, and gaming systems don’t interest me too much, but the technology and possibilities of what CastAR could be are pretty amazing.

Maybe there aren’t enough women in engineering, but it seems like the ones we do have are pretty awesome!


3D Scanning (Coming Soon!)


3D scanning isn’t exactly new, but it’s only going to get better in the future. It will become cheaper, faster, and available to more people. Those are all things that drive adoption of new technology.

I missed this video for the Go!SCAN 3D Handheld Scanner when it came out, but when I watched it I noticed something interesting. They actually call out “Reverse Engineering” as one of the applications of the device. Yes, they want you to reverse engineer things!

Reverse Engineering

I think this is a big deal… Reverse engineering isn’t (or maybe wasn’t) typically something companies would promote. Intellectual property, lawsuits and litigation have often made reverse engineering something you don’t talk about, so it’s cool to see it mentioned directly as a feature of a product.

If anyone has a Go!SCAN 3D Handheld Scanner I’d encourage you to take it apart and reverse engineer it. :)