Adding Linux to your Design

Linux can solve design problems related to user interface, connectivity, storage, resource management and more while opening up your design to be extended with an endless number of applications. At the same time, it adds complexity you need to manage. Building off BeagleBone Black’s open hardware reference materials can save you time, money and help you deliver the best experience to your end users. I’ll give you some background to help you figure out when you should simply embed an off the shelf Linux computer, build your own design off the latest Android tablet SoCs or start from the BeagleBone reference materials and community.

(Intestinal) Fortitude

Transitioning to a culture of experience-led design; Workspace: the birth of a new eco-system.

Java and Internet of Things

The capabilities of Java ME Embedded are are making Java a foundational technology, enabling the Internet of things.  While a huge number of devices that are part of the Internet of Things now, massive numbers will continue to connected over the next 5-10 years.

Wearables Breakout Session

Join moderator Redg Snodgrass of Wearable World for a panel discussion on current and future trends in wearable technology.

The Immediate Future of Medical 3D-Printing: Using 3D-Printing to Save Children’s Lives

Glenn Green, MD, a leader in the translation of 3D printing into medical practice, describes his perceptions of the advantages and applications of 3D printing in a state-of-the-art surgical practice. He includes recent examples his use of 3D printed templates for presurgical planning, customized medical devices, and life-saving medical implants. He also discusses his recent successful (and not so successful) animal trials and what is needed to bring these new technologies forward to benefit the lives of children.

A New Generation Of CAD: Perfect for Makers

Makers have benefitted from new generations of many key technologies. 3D printers, electronics and software for example have all undergone dramatic changes in technology and business model resulting in makers having access to pro-level functionality at affordable prices.
But CAD software has not changed much in the last 20 years. Makers have faced the unpleasant choice between CAD systems that are affordable and easy-to-access but not very powerful CAD-wise, or CAD systems that are very powerful but not affordable or easy-to-access.

A new generation of full-cloud CAD is emerging that is going to be perfect for makers. It combines:
1) Professional-level 3D CAD functionality
2) Runs in browsers and on tablets and phones. Not just a viewer — the whole 3D CAD system.
2) Free plan. Much like Github, Box, Dropbox — free for a level of use that works for makers.
4) Collaboration and version control built-in. Teams spread out all over the world can work on the same CAD models at the same time with no worries about overwriting each others work. No copying, uploading, or downloading.

We’ll talk about this exciting new generation of CAD and what it can mean to makers.

Four Years of Raspberry Pi

Highlights of the first four years of the Raspberry Pi project, from our accidental announcement to the launch of Pi 2 and our five-millionth unit, and will try to draw some lessons for other maker-oriented hardware projects.

The Future of Rapid Prototyping of Electronics: A Quick Turn CM on Your Desktop

Low volume electronic hardware manufacturing is poised to follow the path paved by 3-D printing over the last five years. Desktop circuit board printers can now turn out PCBs previously the sole domain of capital intensive processes. Table top pick-and-place machines can now perform the sophisticated computer vision and delicate mechanical operations once limited to large industrial equipment. These advances are tightening iteration cycles and speeding hardware development. This panel of leaders in desktop electronics manufacturing will discuss their current direction, challenges to overcome, and what’s on the horizon.