OK, part of the year I live maybe six miles from the legendary O'Neill corporate headquarters. Known for their innovative wetsuits, O'Neill wetsuits are a staple for the surfing crowd around the world. But there’s another O'Neill operation.
Based in Warmond, the Netherlands, O'Neill Europe is a separate company. It has to be – how many surfer do you see riding the waves in say Denmark? But there’s another "surfing" sport. Snowboarding is one of the fastest growing winter sports with millions of enthusiasts. So, O'Neill Europe makes stuff for winter sports.
O'Neill Europe added the 'Fat Controller' to the H.2 Series range of wearable electronics. The snow glove incorporates a wireless remote control for Apple’s iPod MP3 players. A limited number of the new gloves will be distributed throughout Europe this winter. The 'Fat Controller' uses radio frequencies to relay instructions to a module installed on top of the iPod. Tune selection is managed from a small, thumb-controlled joystick woven in to the top of the right-hand glove that mirrors the behavior of the iPod's scroll wheel. The wearer can play/pause, adjust volume and skip tracks without having to remove the iPod from the inner pocket of a snowboard jacket.
Finding out the perceived frequency response of your combined headphone/ear 'system' and compensating for it using parametric equalization can offer some eye-opening benefits. But finding an EQ solution isn't always easy.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.