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187: Self-Driving Arm (Repeat)

1:12:00 | May 2nd

Crossing machine intelligence, robotics, and medicine, Patrick Pilarski (@patrickpilarski) is working on smart prosthetic limbs. Build your own learning robot references: Weka Data Mining Software in Java for getting to know your data, OpenIA Gym fo...Show More
287: Joke With No Punchline

1:21:36 | Apr 25th

Kate Compton (@GalaxyKate) spoke with us about casual creators, Twitter bots done cheap and quick, and the creativity that is within each of us. Kate’s website is Her Phd dissertation defense is interesting, see it on Sh...Show More
286: Twenty Cans of Gas

1:00:12 | Apr 18th

Colin O’Flynn (@colinoflynn) spoke with us about security research, power analysis, and hotdogs. Colin’s company is NewAE and you can see his Introduction to Side-Channel Power Analysis video as an intro to his training course. Or you can buy your o...Show More
285: A Chicken Getting to the Other Side

1:13:59 | Apr 11th

Carlos Maltzahn joined us to talk about graduate studies in open source software, research incubators, and how software development tools can be used to aid the reproduction of scientific results. Carlos is the founder and director of the Center for ...Show More
284: Honking Big Asparagus

1:12:46 | Apr 4th

Ori Bernstein (@oribernstein) joined us to talk about the dielectric constants of foods, reflective energy steering, and smart microwaves. Elecia got a little silly. Ori works at Level Hot Pantry for more about the smart microwave, check out his !!C...Show More
283: Flippendo Is Kind of a Swirly

1:07:18 | Mar 28th

Jennifer Wang (@jenbuilds) spoke with us about machine learning, magic wands, and getting into hardware. For more detail about her magic wand build, you can see Jen’s Hackaday SuperCon talk or her !!ConWest talk. The github repo is well documented w...Show More
282: Tin Can Through a Wet Noodle

1:15:45 | Mar 21st

We spoke with Laughlin Barker of OpenROV (@OpenROV) about underwater drones, underwater navigation, underwater exploration of the Antarctic, and extraordinarily large (underwater) jellyfish. Watch this video of a Trident ROV being eaten by a shark… ...Show More
281: Tame Geek

1:08:58 | Mar 14th

Combining a love of engineering with a love of words, Jenny List (@Jenny_Alto) is a contributing editor at Hackaday (@Hackaday). Jenny’s writing at Hackaday including Debunking the Drone Versus Plane Hysteria and Ooops, Did We Just Close An Airport...Show More
280: Reginald P. Theodore Johnson

1:00:32 | Mar 8th

Chris (@stoneymonster) and Elecia (@logicalelegance) talk about design patterns, conferences, and Molotov cocktails. Wrapper /  Decorator  / Facade Observer aka subscriber/publisher (caveat) Delegation and Dependency Injection Model View Control...Show More
162: I Am a Boomerang Enthusiast (Repeat)

1:21:38 | Mar 1st

Valve's Alan Yates (@vk2zay) spoke with us about the science and technology of virtual reality. Elecia looked at the iFixIt Teardown of the HTC Vive system as she was unwilling to take apart Christopher's system. Alan shared some of his other fav...Show More
279: Top Pedant

1:11:12 | Feb 22nd

Patrick Yeon (@patyeon) spoke with us about nonprofit spaceships then asked our opinions about embedded software. Pat is working for something something nonprofit space something something. To fill in some of the blanks, apply for a job on Nonprofit...Show More
278: Bricks’ Batteries Last Forever

1:06:04 | Feb 15th

Matthew Liberty (@mliberty1) shared good advice for lowering power. We talk about different ways to measure current (Matt has a nice write-up) and things software can do to decrease power consumption. Sleeping is critical, of course, as is choosing ...Show More
277: The Sport of Kings

1:16:37 | Feb 8th

Jie Qi (@qijie) spoke with us about making paper-based electronics (@Chibitronics) and learning about patent law (via @Patentpandas). Jie Qi is the founder of Chibitronics, a crafting electronics platform that uses paper and stickers to create (and...Show More
276: Playing a Song on a Potato

1:17:36 | Feb 1st

Jesse Rutherford (@BentTronics) gave us an in-depth look at the 555 timer IC (wiki). Jesse runs and wrote The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to the 555 Timer (Amazon). Some great 555 projects: 555 Decimal Adding Machine 555 found i...Show More
275: Don’t Do What the Computer Tells You

1:10:14 | Jan 25th

Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) shared truly weird responses from AIs. Her website is where you can find machine-learning-generated ideas for paint colors, ice cream, and cocktails (and many other things). We never said they were good...Show More
274: Swiss Knife of Embedded Systems

1:15:44 | Jan 18th

Ivan Kravets (@ikravets)  spoke with us about PlatformIO (@PlatformIO_Org), IDEs, embedded libraries, and RISC-V. PlatformIO is an editor, an integrated development environment with debugging and unit testing, and/or a library index. Its goal is to ...Show More
273: Off the Topic of My Jammies

59:46 | Jan 11th

Chris and Elecia chat with each other about the new year. All is fine until she starts quizzing him about some language details of his new project. Many object-oriented resources suggest using composition (has-a) over inheritance (is-a-type-of) (wik...Show More
272: Stick ‘Em on Whales

1:27:47 | Dec 28th, 2018

Chris Gammell (@Chris_Gammell) of The Amp Hour (@TheAmpHour) joined us to talk about the state of the industry, listeners, guests, and life in general. Embedded’s accounting episode (150: Sad Country Song) Contextual Electronics Consulting forum (r...Show More
271: Shell Scripts for the Soul

1:14:10 | Dec 21st, 2018

Alex Glow (@glowascii) filled our heads with project ideas. Alex is the Resident Hardware Nerd at Her page is glowascii and you might want to see Archimedes the AI robot owl and the Hardware 101 channel. They have many sponsored contest...Show More
270: Broccoli Is Good Too

1:09:59 | Dec 14th, 2018

James Grenning (@jwgrenning) joined us to talk about Test Driven Development, dealing with legacy code, and cleaning out very large pipes. James is the author of Test Driven Development for Embedded C. If you want to take his live online course, ch...Show More
269: Ultra-Precise Death Ray

1:05:16 | Dec 6th, 2018

Alan Cohen (@proto2product) wrote a great book about taking an idea and making it into a product. We spoke with him about the development process and the eleven deadly sins of product development. We did not talk about ultra-precise death rays. Book...Show More
164: Heatsink in a Shoebox (Repeat)

1:08:54 | Nov 30th, 2018

Christopher White resurrects an Apple ][+ with his brother Matthew White. This is a show about the software Christopher and Matthew wrote when they were kids and the hardware they wrote it on. Matthew's favorite fictional robot (we should have asked...Show More
268: Cakepan Interferometry

1:14:12 | Nov 15th, 2018

After many bouts of lightning round, we finally got our lightning questions answered by Eric Brunning (@deeplycloudy). Eric is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas Tech University specializing in storm electrification and lightning . You can...Show More
267: Cute and Squishy

1:04:08 | Nov 9th, 2018

Lindsey Kuper (@lindsey) spoke with us about !!Con West, being a new professor, and reading technical journals. The call for speakers for !!Con West is open until November 30, 2018. The conference will be in Santa Cruz, CA on February 23-24. Lindse...Show More
266: Drive off the End of the Universe

51:24 | Nov 1st, 2018

Chris (@stoneymonster) and Elecia (@logicalelegance) talk about conferences, simulations, and future episodes. Simulation/Emulation: QEMU and Renode. Chris also noted there were QEMU for STM32 instances such as this one from beckus. For conferences...Show More
265: What’s Your Superpower

1:23:15 | Oct 26th, 2018

Anita Pagin gave us an insider’s view of being a recruiter. Anita recently started at Carbon3D and is recruiting for software and hardware. Anita also does career coaching on the side. Given the advice she gave us for free, imagine what she could t...Show More
264: Do It for the Herd

1:04:56 | Oct 18th, 2018

Chris Svec (@christophersvec) returns to chat about recruiting for embedded jobs and to help us answer listener questions. Also, he’s looking for engineers to join him at iRobot. Want to get into embedded and don’t know how? We did a show about that...Show More
109: Resurrection of Extreme Programming (Repeat)

57:08 | Oct 12th, 2018

James Grenning (@jwgrenning) returns to discuss TDD, Agile, and web courses.  James was on episode 30: Eventually Lighting Strikes. James' new company is Wingman Software. His excellent book is TDD for Embedded C.  James suggested Tra...Show More
263: Experience the Theory

1:10:20 | Oct 4th, 2018

Professor Angela Sodemann of @ASU spoke with us about new ways of teaching, robotics, and haptic displays. Angela’s robotics courses can be found at, including the parts kit. Note that they focus on creating usable robotics as well as ...Show More
262: Egg Freckles

1:08:10 | Sep 28th, 2018

Noah Leon made a film: Love Notes to Newton. It features the people who love and the people who built the Apple Newton. We spoke with him about the Newton and about filmmaking. Noah runs Moosefuel Media. He wanted to mention Frank Orlando of Orlando...Show More
261: Blowing Their Fragile Little Minds

1:03:49 | Sep 21st, 2018

Helen Leigh (@helenleigh) is an author, education writer and maker. She spoke with us about making learning fun (and subversive). Her latest book is The Crafty Kid's Guide to DIY Electronics, out in November 2018. The instrument gloves were the mi....Show More
260: We Talked a Lot

55:48 | Sep 14th, 2018

Christopher (@stoneymonster) and Elecia (@logicalelegance) talks about vacations for learning and hobbies then answered listener questions. Chris’ toys include the Prusa I3 Mk3 and the UAD Arrow. Elecia likes Camille Fournier’s book, The Manager’s ...Show More
259: Calculators Changed My Life

1:12:13 | Sep 7th, 2018

Brandon Wilson (@brandonlwilson) shared his stories about hacking TI calculators (and other things). has the latest on getting started yourself including Z80 assemblers, or start on Brandon’s website: Bradon will be speaking...Show More
258: Security Is Another Dimension

59:22 | Aug 30th, 2018

We spoke with Axel Poschmann of DarkMatter LLC (@GuardedbyGenius) about embedded security. For a great in-depth introduction, Axel suggested Christof Paar’s Introduction to Cryptography class, available on YouTube. We also talked about ENISA’s Hardw...Show More
257: Small Parts Flew Everywhere

57:56 | Aug 24th, 2018

Derek Fronek spoke with us about FIRST robotics. His TechHOUNDS (@TechHOUNDS868) team is based in Carmel, Indiana. They won the state competition and placed 5th in the high school FRC championship. Derek mentioned the roboRIO controller board, Talon...Show More
256: Agglomeration

56:55 | Aug 16th, 2018

Chris (@stoneymonster) and Elecia (@logicalelegance) celebrate the 256th episode with a confusing lack of cupcakes. has an excellent Hippocratic Oath for Connected Medical Devices  Make Magazine has some tips to tighten security o...Show More
255: Jellyfish Are Pretty Badass

1:03:30 | Aug 9th, 2018

Ariel Waldman (@arielwaldman) spoke with us about how science, art, and all of the other disciplines can build a better world. Ariel does many amazing things, it is hard to list them all. Homepage: YouTube: arielwaldman   Science H...Show More
254: Murdering Thousands of Gnomes

1:02:18 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Gabriel Jacobo (@gabrieljacobo) spoke with us about embedded graphics, contributing to the Linux SDL, using MQTT, and working far from his employers. Gabriel’s blog and resume are available on his site His github repo is under gabomdq.  ...Show More
41: Pink Universes Die Really Quickly (Repeat)

56:34 | Jul 27th, 2018

Micah Elizabeth Scott (@scanlime) came to talk about Fadecandy, a really neat way to control smart LEDs (NeoPixel, AdaFruit's term for the WS2812). The conversation ranged from beautiful LED control algorithms and open source embedded projects to tri...Show More
10: Hands Off, Baby (Repeat)

58:22 | Jul 20th, 2018

Jen Costillo (@rebelbotjen) joins Elecia White to discuss the secret parts of C, keywords that only embedded software engineers seem to know about. Jen and Elecia talk about interviewing and why these keywords make good questions for finding folks w...Show More
253: We’ll Pay Them in Fun

1:07:40 | Jul 13th, 2018

We spoke with Kathleen Tuite (@kaflurbaleen) about augmented reality, computer vision, games with a purpose, and meetups. Kathleen’s personal site (filled with many interesting projects we didn’t talk about) is Kathleen works fo...Show More
252: A Good Heuristic for Pain Tolerance

1:13:14 | Jul 5th, 2018

Katie Malone (@multiarmbandit) works in data science, has podcast about machine learning, and has a Phd in Physics. We mostly talked about machine learning, ways to kill people, mathematics, and impostor syndrome. Katie is the host of the Linear Dig...Show More
251: I Agreed at the Time

1:19:12 | Jun 29th, 2018

This week, we spoke with Addie (@atdiy) and Whisker (@whixr), the Toymakers (@Tymkrs). Their latest CypherCon badges included a complete phone system. For more information, check out the user documentation at or the related Reddit p...Show More
250: Yolo Snarf

1:24:32 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Finally! An episode with version control! And D&D! Chris Svec (@christophersvec) joins us to discuss why version control is critical to professional software development and what the most important concepts are. T-Shirts are on sale for a limited ti...Show More
249: It Depends

1:13:37 | Jun 15th, 2018

Claire Rowland (@clurr) joined to discuss creating good user experiences for the Internet of Things. Claire is the lead author of Designing Connected Products: UX for the Consumer Internet of Things. You can find more about her on,...Show More
248: I’m Not in Charge!

1:10:32 | Jun 8th, 2018

Chris (@stoneymonster) and Elecia (@logicalelegance) answer listener emails. We did a show with Dennis Jackson about transitioning from software to embedded: 211: 4 Weeks, 3 Days Chibios RTOS: MyNewt or Zephyr may be more worth your time. Software...Show More
247: He’s Not Going to Cut That, Is He?

1:10:15 | Jun 1st, 2018

Jason Turner (@lefticus) of the CPPCast (@cppcast) spoke with us about modern C++ in embedded systems. Jason’s articles can be found on You can also contact him there and find out more about his training sessions. Jason’s video chann...Show More
130: Criminal Training Camp (Repeat)

1:02:38 | May 25th, 2018

Alvaro Prieto (@alvaroprieto) spoke with us about laser turrets, tearing down quadcopters, flux capacitors, the moon, and culture at work. Alvaro's blog Alvaro's github repositories including Proto-X quadcopter information, Silta bus monitoring, an...Show More
246: Sacrifice That Computer

1:12:26 | May 18th, 2018

We spoke with Dr. Bennie Lewis (@_benjoe02) about machine learning and robotics. Bennie is a Senior Research Scientist at Lockheed Martin, content creator, and Twitch streamer (benjoe02) NVIDIA Jetson platform and Cuda for deep learning LEGO Mindst...Show More
245: Tell Me How People Hurt You

1:31:34 | May 10th, 2018

Stephen Kraig (@Macro_Ninjaneer) and Parker Dillmann (@LnghrnEngineer), of Macrofab (@MacroFab) joined us to chat about getting hardware and software to work together. Stephen and Parker are also hosts of the Macrofab podcast. We compared out-the-o...Show More
244: Magic And Electrons

56:52 | May 4th, 2018

Kristina Durivage (@gelicia) described her path getting into making and hardware hacking as a complement to her day job working in front-end software. Kristina’s includes write-ups on her projects (TweetSkirt, Kitchen Playset G...Show More
243: Pick a Good One

1:00:42 | Apr 27th, 2018

We spoke with Michael Barr (@embeddedbarr) about the Barr Group embedded systems survey. You can download the 2018 survey at the Barr Group survey page. The Barr Group Embedded C Coding Standard is also free to download (with registration). You can ...Show More
242: The Cilantro of Robots

57:04 | Apr 20th, 2018

Christine Sunu (@christinesunu) spoke with us about the feelings we get from robots. For more information about emotive design, check out Christine’s website: From there you can find, some of her talks (including th...Show More
241: One Two Blah Blah Blah Ten

1:14:32 | Apr 13th, 2018

Andrei Chichak and Alvaro Prieto (@alvaroprieto) join us to talk about bits and how to manipulate them. Alvaro is host of the Unnamed Reverse Engineering podcast. His other Embedded appearances are 130, 200, and 215. Andrei (“Andrei from the Great ...Show More
240: Belgian Waffles

59:16 | Apr 6th, 2018

Jasmine Brackett (@asiwatch) spoke with us about @Tindie’s electronics marketplace, this year’s Hackaday Prize, and tips for wearable electronics. If you want to buy on Tindie, check out their homepage If you want to sell, that is straig...Show More
239: Tweet My Boots

1:00:00 | Mar 29th, 2018

What do you do after space debris, hacking dinosaurs, and judging robots? If you are Dr. Lucy Rogers (@DrLucyRogers), you build an organization devoted to promoting the Making industry: Guild of Makers (@GuildOfMakers) Lucy’s personal site is lucyro...Show More
137: Pausing to Think (Repeat)

1:19:44 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Dan Saks answers many questions about C++ in embedded systems: where it works, where it doesn't, and a path to getting started.  Dan Saks is the founder and president of Saks & Associates. He was a columnist for The C/C++ Users Journal, Embedded Sys...Show More
238: My Brain Is My Toolbelt

54:29 | Mar 15th, 2018

Chris and Elecia answered some listener questions about dynamic memory and shared code. Then Elecia gave a presentation about ShotSpotter, the gunshot location system she worked on. Elecia enjoyed The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, S...Show More
237: Break All the Laws of Physics

48:26 | Mar 8th, 2018

Jan Jongboom (@janjongboom) of Mbed (@ArmMbed) joined us to talk about compilers, online hardware simulators, and inference on embedded devices. Find out more about Mbed on The board simulator is at (Mbed OS Simulator). The c...Show More
236: The Concept of Delayed Gratification

1:10:03 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Roger Linn (@roger_linn) gave us new ideas about musical instruments, detailing how wonderful expressive control, 3D buttons, and keyscanning can be. Roger’s company is Roger Linn Design. We talked extensively about the LinnStrument, some about the ...Show More
235: Imagine That, Suckers!

1:08:40 | Feb 21st, 2018

We spoke to author Robin Sloan (@robinsloan) about his books and near-future science fiction. Robin wrote Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore and Sourdough. Robin’s website is Go there for some short stories, sign up for his newsletter...Show More
234: The Good Word About AI

50:54 | Feb 14th, 2018

Dustin Franklin of NVIDIA (@NVIDIAEmbedded) spoke with us about the Jetson TX2, a board designed to bring AI into embedded systems. Dusty wrote Two Days to a Demo, both the original supervised learning version and the newer reinforcement learning ve...Show More
233: Always the Wrong Way

44:06 | Feb 9th, 2018

Chris and Elecia chatted about listener emails, and other stuff and things. Elecia wrote a book called Making Embedded Systems, if you want to see the chapter about interrupts and timers, hit the contact link on We also recommend our b...Show More
232: Blob Is a Good Word

1:10:39 | Feb 2nd, 2018

We spoke with Jackson Keating (@jacksonakeating) about Bluetooth Low Energy, going over GATTs layouts and the general BLE usage. While Jackson prefers the Bluetooth spec as the best reading explanation, Elecia liked the Adafruit BLE introduction. Sh...Show More
231: Single Origin Coffee

1:09:34 | Jan 25th, 2018

Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly) talks about economics, books, and the future. Check out Tim’s new book, WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us. And yes, this is Tim O’Reilly of  O’Reilly books. Elecia’s Making Embedded Systems has a great-eared nig...Show More
230: What the Hell Is Wrong with Unicorns?

1:20:40 | Jan 17th, 2018

Sunshine Jones (@Sunshine_Jones) spoke with us about synthesizers, electronics, and philosophy. Sunshine’s music is most easily found at His writing is at We talked about Sunshine’s User’s Guide to the Ro...Show More
229: Slinky with a Lot of Math

1:21:12 | Jan 12th, 2018

Nick Kartsioukas (@ExplodingLemur) spoke with us about information security, melting down spectres, lemurs, and sensible resolutions. Nick recommends Aumasson’s Serious Cryptography (also available from NoStarch) as a good orientation. (Offline, he ...Show More
228: Pedantic or Andrantic

1:44:53 | Jan 3rd, 2018

The Amp Hour and Embedded join up to send a holiday letter to listeners. Chris G is ever improving Contextual Electronics. Chris W has a new band: 12ax7. Elecia still has a book: Making Embedded Systems. Amp Hour episodes mentioned in this one: 37...Show More
227: Half of Everything Is Wrong

1:08:23 | Dec 21st, 2017

Anthony Navarro (@avnavarro42) of Udacity (@udacity) spoke with us about learning.
226: Camp AVR Vs. Camp Microchip

1:20:47 | Dec 14th, 2017

Jay Carlson (@jaydcarlson), author of The Amazing $1 Microcontroller, joined us to talk about comparing microcontrollers and determining our biases. This was an in-depth comparison of different micro features. Jay is an electrical engineer specializ...Show More
225: When Toasters Attack

1:03:26 | Dec 7th, 2017

Maria Gorlatova spoke with us about how the combination of devices and cloud computing will change the world as we know it. Maria’s bio, blog, and LinkedIn page. Other topics: Federated Learning from Google AWS Greengrass from Amazon Black Mirror ...Show More
124: Please Don't Light Yourself On Fire (Repeat)

0:00 | Nov 29th, 2017

Windell Oskay (@Oskay) of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories (@EMSL) told us about co-authoring a book: The Annotated Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory. Some great EMSL links: A signed copy of Windell's book Dis-integrated 555 timer kit Candle flic...Show More
224: Interrupts to Interrupt Interrupts

1:18:43 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Andrei Chichak joins Elecia and Christopher to do a deep dive into the world of interrupts. Andrei writes on our blog: Embedded Wednesdays. He has written specifically about interrupts in multiple ways: general introduction, buttons and debouncing, ...Show More
223: Gregorian Chants and Things

1:01:52 | Nov 16th, 2017

Christopher (@stoneymonster) and Elecia (@logicalelegance) chat about listener questions and things they’ve been up to. A listener turned Chris on to Ray Wilson and his Music From Outer Space website on DIY analog synths and book Make: Analog Synthe...Show More
222: Virtual Bunnie

1:01:50 | Nov 10th, 2017

Jonathan Beri (@beriberikix) spoke with us about his double life: product manager by day, maker by night (and weekends). Jonathan wrote a chapter about piDuino5 Mobile Robot Platform in JavaScript Robotics. Product manager resources fro...Show More
221: Hiding in Plain Sight

1:08:57 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Author Jimmy Soni (@jimmyasoni) spoke with us about his biography of Claude Shannon,  founder of information theory and digital circuit theory. A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman. For an int...Show More
220: Cascading Waterfall of Lights

1:08:45 | Oct 27th, 2017

Ben Hencke (@im889) spoke with us about OHWS, Tindie, and blinking lights. Ben sells his Pixelblaze WiFi LED controller on his ElectroMage store on Tindie. It is based on the ESP8266 and uses the DotStar (APA102) lights. To hear John Leeman’s trip ...Show More
62: Costs a Penny to Go to the Bathroom (Repeat)

1:05:54 | Oct 19th, 2017

Josh Bleecher Snyder (@offbymany) joined us to talk about PayPal's Beacon, being acquired, the Go programming language, BTLE, computer vision, and working at a large company after founding small ones. Bluetooth Low Energy: A Developer's Handbook by ...Show More
219: Not Obviously Negligent

1:14:45 | Oct 12th, 2017

Kelly Shortridge (@swagitda_) spoke with us about the intersection of security and behavioral economics. Kelly’s writing and talks are linked from her personal site Kelly is currently a Product Manager at SecurityScorecard. Thinking Fa...Show More
218: Neutron Star of Dev Boards

52:32 | Oct 6th, 2017

Dirk Akeman of SEGGER (@SEGGERMicro) joined us to talk about debugger specifics. Ozone standalone debugger for use with J-Links SystemView visualization tool for RTOS and system debugging Jlink Products Turning an ST-Link on a development board into...Show More
217: 10000 Pounds of Pressure

55:51 | Sep 29th, 2017

Bob Skala of Interactive Instruments spoke with us about very large servo motors, wind tunnels, and staying current in tech.  Hydraulic Press YouTube channel (and our favorite video) The Wright Brothers by David McCullough Other good tech podcasts...Show More
216: Bavarian Folk Metal

1:04:24 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Carmen Parisi (@FakeEEQuips) joined us to talk about electronics and podcasts. Carmen works on switching regulators. If you want to know more, he sent along some very basic application notes: How to Apply DC-DC Step Down Regulators (Analog Devices) ...Show More
215: Heisenbugs

1:12:30 | Sep 14th, 2017

Alvaro Prieto (@alvaroprieto) joined us to talk about the basics of debugging, from software to hardware. Some of the programmer devices we talked about: SEGGER JLink and Black Magic Probe. Chris mentioned a visual frontend for gdb called "Vulcan" ...Show More
214: Tiny Sensor Problems

54:26 | Sep 7th, 2017

Kristen Dorsey explained MEMS sensors: how do they work, how they are made, and what new ones we expect to see in the future. Kristen’s website is She is a professor of engineering at Smith College and runs the MicroSmithie. MEMS...Show More
213: Electricity Doesn't Act Like an Apple

1:17:36 | Aug 31st, 2017

Gretchen Bakke spoke with us about the future of power generation and transmission. Her book is The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future. Gretchen is a professor of anthropology at McGill University. Gretchen’s website T...Show More
212: You Are in Seaworld

1:11:36 | Aug 24th, 2017

Kwabena Agyeman joined us to talk about making OpenMV (@OpenMVCam), an easy-to-use camera and control module with built-in machine vision functions, all interfaced via MicroPython. To learn more about computer vision, Kwabena suggested looking at Py...Show More
211: 4 weeks, 3 days

1:19:46 | Aug 17th, 2017

Dennis Jackson spoke with us about making the career shift from software to embedded. Dennis buys James Grenning’s Test Driven Development in Embedded C for his new hires and often recommends Elecia’s Making Embedded Systems. His tip that everyone s...Show More
210: The Glass Hour

46:44 | Aug 10th, 2017

Alan Yates (@vk2zay) told us about his entries to the 2017 Flashing Light Prize. Alan's entries involved making a light bulb and dripping charge. Alan works at Valve. He told us about making virtual reality hardware in Embedded episode 162: I Am a B...Show More
209: Debuggerception

53:00 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Pierre-Marie de Rodat (@pmderodat) joined us to talk about how debugger software works (and what compilers tell the debugger). Pierre-Marie works for AdaCore on GNATcoverage (among other things). His github repo is pmderodat. Note that the AdaCore ...Show More
208: What If You Had a Machine Do It

49:02 | Jul 27th, 2017

Elecia gave a talk about machine learning and robotics at the Hackaday July Meetup at SupplyFrame DesignLab (video!) and LA CrashSpace. She gives it again in the podcast while Chris narrates the demos.  Embedded Patreon Embedded show #187: Self Dri...Show More
111: Potty Train Your Tamagotchi (Repeat)

50:18 | Jul 19th, 2017

Natalie Silvanovich (@natashenka) discussed reverse engineering hardware, working on security software, and the fantastic world of Tamagotchis. Natalie's site and blog Hardware Excuse Generator Original CCC 2012 talk: Many Tamagotchis Were Harmed ...Show More
78: Happy Cows (Repeat)

1:07:19 | Jul 13th, 2017

Chris Svec (@christophersvec) has an idea about adding empathy to software development. It is a good idea. His blog is Said Svec. He works for iRobot and they are hiring. (Chris' email is given toward the end of the show but if you hit the contact l...Show More
207: I Love My Robot Monkey Head

1:00:58 | Jul 5th, 2017

Professor Ayanna Howard of Georgia Tech joins us to talk about robotics including how androids interact with humans.  Some of her favorite robot include the Darwin, the Nao, and, for home-hacking, the Darwin Mini. Ayanna has a profile on EngineerGir...Show More
206: Crushing Amounts of Snow

1:01:54 | Jun 28th, 2017

This week, we mix things up a bit. This joint show with the Don't Panic Geocast.  This episode explores what happens when electrical engineering meets geoscience in cold places. We’re joined by guest Dr. Sridhar Anandakrishnan of Penn State to talk a...Show More
205: Questions about Dumplings

1:10:08 | Jun 22nd, 2017

This week we talked to Addie (@atdiy) and Whisker (@whixr), the Toymakers (@Tymkrs). They make electronics kits, videos, and conference badges. Toymakers site ( has a link to their IRC channel, videos, and Tindie store (including those am...Show More
204: Abuse Electricity

55:11 | Jun 14th, 2017

Phoenix Perry (@phoenixperry) spoke with us about physical games. Phoenix is CTO of DoItKits (@DoItKits) and   More about Phoenix: Bot Party Her site: Goldsmith’s page She enjoyed Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin    Physical games are so...Show More
203: Save My Board

59:42 | Jun 8th, 2017

Charlie Ladd (@csladd) joined us to give an overview of good hardware practices. The oil quality sensor is from VSI Oil. Recent fiction included Ready Player One, John Scalzi, and Matthew Mather. To stay current, Charlie reviews the trade magazine...Show More
202: Flush and Your Inner Fish

1:08:12 | May 31st, 2017

Professor Alex Dean spoke with us about his ARM embedded systems books and @NCState courses. Alex’s page in North Carolina State University’s department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His book is Embedded Systems Fundamentals with Arm Cort...Show More
201: Accidentally Incredibly Dangerous

1:20:16 | May 24th, 2017

Shaun Meehan (@logiclow) joined us to talk about robot arms and stealth rocket companies. Shaun’s rocket startup is hiring; information about the job openings are below.  Shaun’s robot arm is an ABB IRB-2000 (video of Fred). Elecia was reading How t...Show More
200: Oops

1:38:10 | May 17th, 2017

Episode 200! Let’s have a party (and a survey)! Former guests joined us in a panel-style celebration of working in embedded systems: Alvaro Prieto, Andrei Chichak, Elizabeth Brenner, Chris Svec, and Chris Gammell. Alvaro Prieto (@alvaroprieto) was a...Show More
199: Petri Dishes of Doom

1:03:26 | May 10th, 2017

Chris and Elecia answer listener questions about contracting (and consulting). Reminders: T-shirts! Hat contest! Digilent contest announced in #197! It all ends around May 18th so get your entries in now! The original discussion was on episode 4: A...Show More
198: Unmanned Flying Thingy

1:16:50 | May 4th, 2017

Walter Stockwell spoke with us about the legalization of drones, UAVs, UASs, and UFOs. Walter works at DJI which makes the Phantom. They have some jobs open. Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson Intel/Pepsi drone show at SuperBowl halftime AOPA Faceboo...Show More
197: Smell the Transistor

1:05:16 | Apr 26th, 2017

Chris and Elecia talk with each other about science fiction, advertising, ham radios, debugging tools, and programming languages. You can buy t-shirts until May 18, 2017. You can always buy Elecia’s book: Making Embedded Systems. And don...Show More
196: Software Server Thingybob

1:07:10 | Apr 20th, 2017

Aditi Hilbert (@HilbertAditi) spoke with us about MyNewt, an Apache-licensed RTOS and bootloader. MyNewt’s Apache page is and the github repository is In the, check out the section...Show More
195: A Bunch of Sputniks

1:04:58 | Apr 12th, 2017

We discussed CubeSats with their co-inventor, Professor Jordi Puig-Suari, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at CalPoly SLO and co-founder of Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. The 2017 CubeSat conference is in San Luis Obispo, CA on April 26-28. More de...Show More
194: Something For Something

1:07:48 | Apr 6th, 2017

Shulie Tornel (@helixpea) joined us to talk about the 2017 Hackaday Prize (@hackaday and @hackadayio). Hackaday World Create Day is April 22nd, let them know if you want do a meetup so they can add you to the calendar. Elecia gave away all of her p...Show More
193: Axiomatically Did Not Happen

1:10:46 | Mar 29th, 2017

Owen Anderson (@OwenResistor) joined us to talk about how compilers are written. We discussed LLVM, intermediate representation, clang, and GPUs. As mentioned at the end of the show, Owen’s current employer is hiring. If you are interested and would...Show More
192: Button Connected To Nothing

1:13:06 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Terry Dunlap, CEO of Tactical Network Solutions (@tacnetsol), spoke with us about security in the Internet of Things. The good: Top 10 Secure Coding Practices (from UL 2900 standard (consumer label for security) The bad and the ugly: FTC...Show More
191: What, Yogurt!?!

1:06:14 | Mar 15th, 2017

Chris (@stoneymonster) and Elecia (@logicalelegance) answer listener emails. Get your entries in for March Micro Madness, the matches start very soon. The short story Elecia finds most memorable is All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury. We mentioned...Show More
190: Trust Me, I’m Right

1:08:50 | Mar 8th, 2017

Matt Godbolt (@mattgodbolt) spoke with us about settling arguments with Compiler Explorer. Compiler Explorer comes different flavors: You can see the ...Show More
189: The Squishiness Factor

1:14:20 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Kari Love (@ikyotochan) spoke with us about creating soft robotics. You can see her edible soft robots talk from 33c3. Kari works at Super-Releaser. Her personal site (and blog) is Kari Makes. Kari mentioned that the Super-Release intern Aidan had s...Show More
188: Twitter Is a Cocktail Party

1:04:38 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Scott Hanselman (@shanselman) of the Hanselminutes Podcast talks about technology podcasting and philosophy. You can find Scott's blog on and his other podcasts on We talked about Hansleminutes' WebVR epis...Show More
187: Self-Driving Arm

1:12:00 | Feb 15th, 2017

Crossing machine intelligence, robotics, and medicine, Patrick Pilarski (@patrickpilarski) is working on smart prosthetic limbs. Build your own learning robot references: Weka Data Mining Software in Java for getting to know your data, OpenIA Gym fo...Show More
186: Sleeping on the Factory Floor

1:10:24 | Feb 9th, 2017

Indrek Rebane (@RebaneIndrek) spoke with us about the Garage48 Hardware and Arts hackathon, hardware incubators in Estonia, linguistics, hydrology, and startup investments. Garage48 Hardware & Arts hackathon is February 17-19, 2017 at the Institute ...Show More
99: You Can Say a Boat (Repeat)

1:23:46 | Feb 2nd, 2017

While we planned to ask Andrei Chichak to podcast when he was in town for the party, we spent too much time goofing off. So we are replaying Andrei's first appearance on the show where he spoke with us about MISRA-C and ethics. (Note tha...Show More
185: Nice Mahogany Table

1:12:30 | Jan 25th, 2017

Debby Meredith (@DebbyMe) stops by to tell us what it is like being a venture partner and interim VP of engineering. Debby is a venture partner at Icon Ventures. Her website is She was on a new podcast: Women Who Code Radio. Compu...Show More
184: Not Likely, Possible, or Safe

1:08:58 | Jan 18th, 2017

Ben Krasnow (@BenKrasnow) spoke with us about prototyping, Patreon, and staying current. And a whole bunch of stuff. January 28th Hats and Hacks Party RSVP Ben’s YouTube channel is Applied Science. His recent videos have been shot with the high spe...Show More
183: Robots Having Nervous Breakdowns

1:08:48 | Jan 11th, 2017

Philip Koopman (@BetterEmbSW) spoke with us about making better embedded software. His Better Embedded Systems Software blog has lots of great information including links to his growing video library. Two posts noted in the show: Recording Peer Revi...Show More
182: Sorry Little Diodes

1:13:35 | Jan 4th, 2017

Chris (@stoneymonster) and Elecia (@logicalelegance) talk with each other about about a party, listener emails, and assorted questions. RSVP for the party! The Embedded Blog is at Chris Svec wrote a post about picking ...Show More
181: Work on It for Ten Years

1:42:30 | Dec 30th, 2016

Chris Gammell (@Chris_Gammell) of The Amp Hour and Contextual Electronics joined Elecia and Chris for a holiday special Ampbedded (EmbHour?) episode. Embedded will be having a Hats and Hacks party in Aptos, CA. You can come! RSVP on Eventbrite. Id...Show More
180: Chickens in Helmets

1:05:02 | Dec 20th, 2016

Have you ever wondered how your programming tool works? Piotr Esden-Tempski and Gareth McMullin have built the Black Magic Probe and joined the show to explain how it works. Kickstarter for Black Magic and 1Bitsy ends December 29th. If you missed it...Show More
179: Spaghetti Reducer

1:22:02 | Dec 15th, 2016

Miro Samek (@mirosamek) of Quantum Leaps spoke with us about making better state machines through actor objects and hierarchical state machines. Miro wrote a book: Practical UML Statecharts in C/C++: Event-Driven Programming for Embedded Systems. He...Show More
178: Alexa Stop

1:09:22 | Dec 7th, 2016

We spoke with Chris Maury (@CMaury) about using speech recognition to interact with devices. Note: Please turn off your Echo and Dots as we invoke Alexa a lot. Chris is the founder of Conversant Labs. They created which can help you wir...Show More
30: Eventually Lightning Strikes (Repeat)

57:57 | Nov 30th, 2016

After a few announcements, we replayed the episode where James Grenning told us about Test Driven Development. Note: the contest mentioned in the show is over. However, the SparkFun TinkerKit contest ends December 9th so you still have time to win ...Show More
177: Boba Fett Fell Down

58:32 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Chris and Elecia answer listener emails on-air. Patreon blog SparkFun Tinker Kit BB8 Sphero Jewelbots (from #173) Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner The Wild Robot by Peter Brow...Show More
176: Let's Go Light It Up

58:02 | Nov 16th, 2016

Toni Klopfenstein (@ToniCorinne) joined us to talk about what it is like working at SparkFun (@SparkFun) and why open source hardware is important. Open Source Hardware Association ( has a certification program for open source hardware pro...Show More
174: It's Not Weird

1:09:22 | Nov 2nd, 2016

We spoke to Evan Shapiro, CTO and cofounder of Knit Health (@KnitHealth), about baby monitors, IoT security, neural nets, and professional poker. The Knit Health Kickstarter ends November 17, 2016. Evan recommended Google Tensor Flow and Python's T...Show More
173: Everything’s Amazing

1:15:54 | Oct 26th, 2016

George Stocker (@gortok) spoke with us about software, Jewelbots (@Jewelbots) and learning embedded systems to ship the product. Elecia's book is Making Embedded Systems. George also recommended Getting Started with BLE and Programming Pearls. The...Show More
172: Tell Forth You Me Please

1:13:30 | Oct 19th, 2016

James Cameron of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) tells us about Forth, science fiction, and laptops. We have some tickets for ARM's mbed Connect conference is Oct 24, 2016 in Santa Clara. Will you be in the area? Want to go? Contact us if you want one o...Show More
171: Perfectly Good Being Square and Green

1:14:48 | Oct 12th, 2016

Saar Drimer of Boldport (@boldport) spoke with us about the crossover of art to electronics and building a business around it. Monthly, the Boldport Club ships aesthetically-pleasing electronics kits. We discussed past projects include The Lady and...Show More
170: Electron Gnomes

1:05:02 | Oct 4th, 2016

Elecia tries to get Chris to do her homework in preparation for her "Embedded Software: The Tricky Parts" presentation at IEEE-Computer Society meeting in San Jose, CA on Oct 11, 2016. If you register, you can attend, in person or online! And for fre...Show More
53: Being a Grownup Engineer (Repeat)

1:05:36 | Sep 28th, 2016

After a few new announcements, we replayed the episode where Jack Ganssle shared his wisdom on being a good embedded software engineer (hint: it takes discipline). The new announcements include: Book giveaway contest deadline Oct 1st ARM's mbed Co...Show More
169: Sit on Top of a Volcano

1:12:02 | Sep 21st, 2016

John Leeman (@geo_leeman) spoke with us about geophysics and associated technology. John is one of the hosts of the Don't Panic GeoCast (@dontpanicgeo, iTunes). Some episodes you may like: What if you calibrated your candles differently? Out of the...Show More
168: Put Your Gear on the Ping Pong Table

1:00:02 | Sep 14th, 2016

Briana Morey from MC10 (@mc10inc) spoke with us about stretchable electronics, Tesla coils and lasers. She works at MC10, creators of the L'Oreal My UV Patch as well as the BioStampRC. MC10 is hiring! They are in Lexington, MA, US. The embedded sof...Show More
167: All Aliens Are Shiny

1:01:14 | Sep 7th, 2016

Chris and Elecia chat about Bayes Rule, aliens, bit-banging, VGA, and unit testing. Elecia is working on A Narwhal's Guide to Bayes' Rule. ACM has a code of software engineering ethics Toads have trackers (NPR story) An introduction to bit-bangi...Show More
166: Sardine Tornado

1:18:02 | Aug 31st, 2016

Bob Apthorpe (@arclight) spoke with us about software, nuclear engineering, and improv. Bob is giving away three books! Send in your guess by October 1, 2016. One entry per person. (More info below.) Hackaday SuperCon is Nov 5-6, in Pasadena, CA. ...Show More
165: When People See a Button

1:08:00 | Aug 16th, 2016

Shimona Carvalho (@shimonkey) joins us to talk about user interface design in embedded systems. Then we talk about internationalization and localization. Then photography. Shimona's website is and her Flicker account is shimonkey...Show More
164: Heatsink in a Shoebox

1:08:54 | Aug 9th, 2016

Christopher White resurrects an Apple ][+ with his brother Matthew White. This is a show about the software Christopher and Matthew wrote when they were kids and the hardware they wrote it on. Matthew's favorite fictional robot (we should have asked...Show More
163: Syringes That Give You Cake

1:10:48 | Aug 3rd, 2016

Nadya Peek (@nadyapeek) joined us to talk about making machines that build things. Nadya's website is, which includes her blog. Nadya's dissertation defense on Making Machines that Make: Object-Oriented Hardware Meets Object-Orient...Show More
162: I Am a Boomerang Enthusiast

1:21:38 | Jul 26th, 2016

Valve's Alan Yates (@vk2zay) spoke with us about the science and technology of virtual reality. Elecia looked at the iFixIt Teardown of the HTC Vive system as she was unwilling to take apart Christopher's system. Alan shared some of his other fav...Show More
161: Magenta Doesn’t Exist

1:11:08 | Jul 19th, 2016

Kat Scott (@kscottz) gave us an introduction to computer vision. She co-authored the O'Reilly Python book Practical Computer Vision with SimpleCV: The Simple Way to Make Technology See. The book's website is Kat also suggested looking a...Show More
160: Chowdered up the Spoilboard

1:18:18 | Jul 12th, 2016

Daniel Hienzsch (@rheingoldheavy) and Majenta Strongheart (majentastronghe_art) gave us suggestions on setting up a home shop and information on setting up a maker space. Daniel is the resident engineer at SupplyFrame's Pasadena Design Lab. He still...Show More
159: Flying Rainbow Children

1:02:10 | Jul 5th, 2016

Chris and Elecia talk to each other about compiler optimizations, bit banging I2C, listener emails, and small-town parades. Games to learn/play with assembly languages include The Human Resource Machine by Tomorrow Corporation and TIS-100 by Zachtro...Show More
158: Programming Is Too Difficult for Humans

1:06:44 | Jun 28th, 2016

Fabien Chouteau of AdaCore (@AdaCoreCompany) spoke with us about the Make with Ada Programming Competition. Boards are STILL AVAILABLE. Say the magic words and they might be yours. If you also email. The Ada programming language (wiki) is interest...Show More
157: Explosion of Multicopters

1:23:46 | Jun 23rd, 2016

Robb Walters of Flybrix (@flybrix) spoke with us about LEGO-based drones. We graciously let him leave with all his hardware. This time. For a limited time, you can get an tshirt: Order by the end of June or mis...Show More
156: Black Knight 2000

1:21:50 | Jun 16th, 2016

Jeri Ellsworth (@jeriellsworth) spoke with us about the latest developments at CastAR, hiring engineers, and her favorite engine. T-Shirts are available until the end of June on Teespring (more info). CastAR is making an augmented reali...Show More
155: Foot-Seeking Bullet

1:17:48 | Jun 8th, 2016

Jonathan Bradshaw spoke with us about working with hardware engineers, schematic reviews, and FPGAs. At the end of the podcast, Jonathan made a pitch for folks to submit proposals for the IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference in Auckland in Dec...Show More
154: Physics Is a Big Pain

1:22:08 | Jun 2nd, 2016

Jeff Keyzer (@MightyOhm) joined us to talk about consumer manufacturing, how to solder, and having a full time job and a kit company. Jeff's blog is on The Geiger Counter kit is available at The really, really us...Show More
153: Space Nerf Gun

1:02:12 | May 25th, 2016

Patrick Yeon of Planet Labs spoke with us about making satellites. We discussed a method of using orientation to control drag to control speed. While Patrick wasn't sure what he could say about GPS receivers on satellites, another site describes the...Show More

1:08:46 | May 18th, 2016

Chris and Elecia chat about hobbies and respond to listener feedback and questions. Chris was on an episode of Let's Drone Out, you can listen to it here or search in your favorite podcast platform. It is recorded and broadcast live every Thursday a...Show More
151: Captain Stochastic

1:09:00 | May 11th, 2016

Paul Sidenblad spoke to us about his engineering career, starting off with GE's work on the Gambit spy satellite. Google Protobufs Elecia read Eye in the Sky: The Story of the CORONA Spy Satellites a few years ago and remembers liking it, though ...Show More
150: Sad Country Song

1:04:52 | May 4th, 2016

Torie Charvez spoke with us about what it takes to start and run your own business in the US. We talked about starting your own consulting company, selling your latest gadget, and all of the bookkeeping, tax issues, and details involved. Torie's com...Show More
149: Flamethrowers Aside

1:05:06 | Apr 27th, 2016

Craig Smith (@OpenGarages) spoke with us about hacking the software in cars. His book is the Car Hackers Handbook. There is a 40% off coupon toward the end of the show. OpenGarages is Craig's site to improve and encourage hacking. Some tools he re...Show More
148: A Minimum of Two Poops

1:07:10 | Apr 21st, 2016

Saron Yitbarek (@saronyitbarek) spoke with us about Code Newbie, a site that help people learn to program and about the Code Newbie podcast. We mentioned Paul Ford's Code Newbie episode discussing his Bloomberg issue code. Saron also has a personal...Show More
147: Bolts for Tuco

1:07:16 | Apr 13th, 2016

Micah Elizabeth Scott (@scanlime) joined us to talk about her new art and engineering projects. Micah's site is and her YouTube channel is micahjd. She launched a Patreon page. Wiggleport has its own site ( and github (git...Show More
146: The Loyal Opposition

1:25:04 | Apr 7th, 2016

Philip Freidin (@PhilipFreidin) spoke with us about his BLE platform OSHChip, debuggers, and consulting. Planet Labs is sponsoring a contest! Hit the contact link to enter. Also check out their careers page and apply to Both ...Show More
145: This is Embedded

55:00 | Mar 31st, 2016

Kelly McEvers (@kellymcevers) joins us to talk about the definition of embedded. Kelly McEvers is one of the hosts of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon news magazine. She is also the host of a new podcast called Embedded which tak...Show More
144: Asking For Clippy

1:01:02 | Mar 23rd, 2016

Christopher and Elecia chat about the Hackaday prize, Unity class (and their games), the blog, hams, and IDEs. blog posts we discussed: Chris wrote about ham radio practice tests and his plane's maiden flight. Elecia is working her way ...Show More
143: I'm Thinking of Unicorns

1:06:52 | Mar 17th, 2016

Dan Luu (@danluu) spoke with us about processor features, startups vs large companies, error handling, and computer science research. Dan's blog is Some posts we talked about: CPU features since 1980 Working at Startups vs. Large Compa...Show More
142: New and Improved Appendages

1:16:06 | Mar 10th, 2016

Sarah Petkus offers to let her robot lick Christopher's leg. Christopher agrees reluctantly once we determine the saliva will be anti-bacterial hand sanitizer. Sarah is a kinetic artist and some of her projects include a robot army (built your own f...Show More
141: Malevolent and Trying to Trick You

58:54 | Mar 2nd, 2016

Julia Evans (@b0rk) spoke with us about using profile analysis to debug programs. Her PyCon 2015 talk was Systems Programming as a Swiss Army Knife (video). Julia's blog is Some of the posts we discussed include: Have High Expectations fo...Show More
140: Physics Is the Same Everywhere

1:17:16 | Feb 25th, 2016

Andrew "Bunnie" Huang spoke with us about manufacturing in China, writing books, and crowdfunding. Bunnie's new book is The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen. It is available via crowdsupply and the price goes from $30 to $35 when pre-order...Show More
139: Easy to Add Blood Splatter

1:10:14 | Feb 17th, 2016

Andrei Chichak and Chris Svec join us to talk about our new blog: (!!). Andrei was on 114: Wild While Loops, about error handling, as well 99: You Can Say A Boat, about MISRA-C. Andrei has been teaching Embedded Wednesdays, an embed...Show More
138: Quit Yer Whining

1:19:10 | Feb 10th, 2016

Chris (@stoneymonster) and Elecia (@logicalelegance) answer listener questions about BASIC and their meet-cute story. (Sadly those are unrelated. That would have been cute.) Dennis Jackson at Airware is looking for a senior EE and an EE technician. ...Show More
137: Pausing to Think

1:19:44 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Dan Saks answers many questions about C++ in embedded systems: where it works, where it doesn't, and a path to getting started. Dan Saks is the founder and president of Saks & Associates. He was a columnist for The C/C++ Users Journal, Embedded Sys...Show More
136: Let's Try out Some Broccoli

59:52 | Jan 28th, 2016

Inventor and Youtube-er, Simone Giertz (@SimoneGiertz) tells us about building robots to "help" her daily life. Simone's YouTube Channel. Some of the videos discussed in the show: Chopping Machine VLOG and its TV commercial (Also: the servo motors ...Show More
135: No More Yoda Heads

1:01:36 | Jan 21st, 2016

Anh Bui, Vice President of @Benetech Labs, joined us to discuss using technology for good. Benetech is most widely known for Bookshare, an online library for people with print disabilities. Note that this is only open to people with print disabilit...Show More
134: Diet-Friendly Dog Food

1:08:36 | Jan 14th, 2016

Eric Hankinson (@Kumichou) tells us about the new embedded software components of Contextual Electronics. There is a 10% coupon announced in the show, good until June. CE uses the ST-Nucleo-F030R8 board. Eric's blog is and his...Show More
133: Plenty of Room in Your Ear

59:58 | Jan 6th, 2016

Christopher (@stoneymonster) and Elecia (@logicalelegance) inflict lightning round on each other, talk about their new favorite toys, and get momentarily serious about performance reviews. Elecia is looking for a datasheet for the SunPlus SPHE8104GW...Show More
132: Destruction Is Easy

1:01:52 | Dec 30th, 2015

FIRST Robotics is way to get students of all ages into robotics. Former participant and dedicated mentor, Michael Hill (@Michael_A_Hill) tells us about FIRST and how we can get involved. Official site: which also has a list of volu...Show More
131: Carve Me a Duck

1:14:08 | Dec 24th, 2015

Sarah and Abi Hodsdon speak with us about being a maker family. Sarah's site and blog are Sarahndipitous Designs, her twitter handle is @sarahndipitous. The online K-12 school they use is Connections Academy. Making Makers by AnnMarie Thomas is a...Show More
130: Criminal Training Camp

1:02:38 | Dec 17th, 2015

Alvaro Prieto (@alvaroprieto) spoke with us about laser turrets, tearing down quadcopters, flux capacitors, the moon, and culture at work. Alvaro's blog Alvaro's github repositories including Proto-X quadcopter information, Silta bus monitoring, an...Show More
129: Atoms Not Bits

1:30:04 | Dec 9th, 2015

We ask Matt Berggren (@technolomaniac) to envision an ideal world of product creation. Matt's Spartan 6 FPGA shield is on the Hackaday Store. Its build process is documented on You can see Matt's other projects on Ma...Show More
128: The American Pi

1:01:46 | Dec 3rd, 2015

Simon Monk (@simonmonk2) talks with us about zombies and writing books. Simon has 20+ books out, check out his Amazon author page or his web page for a full listing ( Some you might want sooner rather than later include: The Maker'...Show More
127: Chicken Equals Duck Plus One

59:26 | Nov 26th, 2015

=+1 (or Why isn't there a duck emoji?) Christopher and Elecia talk about languages, twitter, listener emails, and Star Wars. Podcast Awards The Amp Hour talked about languages, they also references this compiler writing exercise C alternative tok...Show More
126: Live from SuperCon

1:01:12 | Nov 18th, 2015

Elecia went to Hackaday's SuperCon, got to announce the Hackaday Prize 2015 winners, then talked to the organizers about their conference. The guests this week were (in order of appearance): Amber Cunningham Dan Hienzsch (115: Datasheeps) Adam Fabi...Show More
125: I Like Cheat Codes

1:09:06 | Nov 12th, 2015

Dan Shapiro (@danshapiro), CEO of Glowforge (@glowforge), speaks with us about laser cutters and his book, The Hot Seat. If you succumb to the wonder of 3D laser printers, we ask that you use our Glowforge link so you get $100 (and we get $100). Da...Show More
124: Please Don't Light Yourself on Fire

1:15:48 | Nov 5th, 2015

Windell Oskay (@Oskay) of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories (@EMSL) told us about co-authoring a book: The Annotated Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory. Some great EMSL links: A signed copy of Windell's book Dis-integrated 555 timer kit Candle flic...Show More
123: Banished from Running Unix

1:20:00 | Oct 28th, 2015

Bob Coggeshall (@BobCoggeshall) runs a boutique assembly house. And he co-wrote sudo. There are sandwich jokes. Bob's business is Small Batch Assembly (@SmallBatchA). (There might be a discount on your first order near the end of the show. Maybe.) ...Show More
122: Glue a Board to Your Resume

58:22 | Oct 21st, 2015

Chris and Elecia try out their new recording location, give advice for getting a job in embedded software, and respond to listener emails. SparkFun's Pit of Despair is a blog post about how to create products from prototypes. Visual Studio has plug...Show More
121: The Idea of Mojo

1:01:02 | Oct 14th, 2015

We spoke with Fran Blanche (@contourcorsets) of Frantone about guitar tone. Fran has several articles and posts about space, electronics, and assorted whatnot at her design writings page. Her video blog is on YouTube. There are many different guit...Show More
120: Boll Weevil Eradication

1:03:56 | Oct 1st, 2015

Kathleen Sidenblad discusses her career through Silicon Valley, from engineer at Systems Control Inc in 1976 to VP of Engineering today. For more about of Kathy, check out this Storehouse interview.
119: Do Your Neighbors Have Any Idea?

1:16:35 | Sep 24th, 2015

Ben Krasnow of the Applied Science YouTube channel talks with us about scanning electron microscopes, generating liquid nitrogen, and cookies. Hackaday Conference is Nov 14-15, 2015 in SF, CA! Call for proposals. (Ben and Elecia are Hackaday Prize ...Show More
118: Awesome and Frequently Useless

57:08 | Sep 16th, 2015

Morgan Allen (@captain_morgan) spoke with us about Sphero and Node.JS. This is all not-so-secretly a discussion of the BB8 robot. Correction: Despite Elecia's repeated insistence that these are steppers, she's just wrong. The motors are DC which onl...Show More
117: In as Much as Which

57:32 | Sep 9th, 2015

Chris and Elecia discuss listener emails and other assorted topics. Preprocessor fun BLE 4.2 writeup from EETimes and the FAQ from Drones should follow existing aviation keep out standards (Nick links us to some wiki pages) Automati...Show More
116: You Have to Care

1:21:54 | Sep 2nd, 2015

Glenn Scott (@GlennCScott) spoke with us about API design and techniques for writing good software. Glenn glossed over his bio but it is quite impressive. You can reach him via his PARC page. PARC's Content Centric Networking home: which w...Show More
115: Datasheeps

1:21:00 | Aug 26th, 2015

Daniel Hienzsch (@rheingoldheavy) spoke with us about reverse engineering a board, bypass capacitors, and serial protocols. Rheingold Heavy is Dan's company for educational boards. The one he started with was the I2C and SPI education board (its ful...Show More
114: Wild While Loops

1:27:40 | Aug 19th, 2015

Andrei Chichak rejoins us to discuss error handling. Andrei's website says how to reach him or email embedded 'at' Windows 10 "Something Happened" error Hitchbot Book Elecia mentioned: Kindness of Strangers by Mike McIntyre Elecia's ...Show More