A couple other comms sessions promise to be just plain fun.
Michael Feldman, vice president of engineering at BigBelly Solar, will describe the company’s solar-powered, Internet-enabled trash compactor (below). I have no doubt this system saves energy and as the description says “has revolutionized trash collection in city streets, parks, and universities.”
I’m sure it provides a good case study on the trendy topic of machine-to-machine communications, too. But I am going to this 11:45 a.m. talk on April 25 just because it’s interesting.
It’s also the right side of my brain which is beckoning me to the description of the Cap-Net, an 802.15.4 mesh network of propeller-topped beanies. No doubt a lot of headwinds will be generated.
I don’t expect to build such a network myself (given my background as an English major), but someone else could. The description promises “all of the code and hardware design files will be made available as open source.” Enjoy.
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.