Author Archives: Ken Greenebaum

The loudest recorded sound?

The loudest sound recorded in the annals of history if not recorded on actual audio gear was apparently the 1883 Krakatoa volcanic eruption according to Aatish Bhatia’s fabulous article. Some outtakes: The sound was 172 dB SPL 100 miles away based on a barometer measuring the pulse at 2.5 inches of mercury Sound waves (the […]

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See you at Maker Faire Sunday

Yell if you want to connect with me at Bay Area Maker Faire this Sunday!

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Parallella Arrived!

Kudos to the Parallella team for shipping! I just received my Parallella and now need to find some time to power it up and find an interesting project. Soft Radio here I come? Just to recap the parallella is a $99 board featuring the Epiphany 16 (or 64) Core ‘accelerator’, a Zynq-7000 Series Dual-core ARM […]

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Bluetooth 4 Low Energy Devices: iBeacon, Gecko

I am very excited by the capabilities (admittedly non-audio) that Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy offers and some of the interesting product ideas that are popping up. I just pledged to the Gecko indiegogo project  (after Steve Wozniak mentioned it) that wants to build smart-tags with sensors that notify your BT4 equipped phone (or other device) […]

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See you at Maker Faire 2013

    Bay Area Maker Faire is this weekend: May 18th and 19th! While it is melancholy not  to be rushing to polish details of a booth about now  (we were hoping to have something to demo using the exciting, progressing, but still non-available, Parallela $100 64-Core/FPGA ‘Supercomputer’) I am looking forward to visiting as civilian. Please contact […]

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Getting Old: It is not an eye test!

I tried the Canadian Union Hearing Aid Center ‘Eye’ Test that has been circulating on the blogosphere.  Except it isn’t really an eye test at all: They feel that people are more willing to have their eye sight tested than their hearing so they masquerade a hearing test as an eye test. Am I getting old? I […]

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Parallella: The $100 Kickstarter 64-Core/FPGA Supercomputer

A close friend just emailed me regarding Parallela, a “Worthy Kickstarter Project“. For a $100 contribution you receive (if they are successful) a Xilinx Zynq-7000 (Dual Core ARM + Programmable Logic) based single board computer with an Epiphany Multicore accelerator (16 or 64 core). The Zynq-7000 contains a Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 with NEON vectorization, and […]

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Finally ordered Raspberry Pi today

I received an emailed activation code for my Raspberry Pi pre-order today, the week AFTER Maker Faire. Sigh.  Actual fulfillment is another 5?! weeks out.  Consider this a head-start for next year!

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Sitting out Maker Faire 2012

Regretfully it seems as if AudioAnecdotes won’t have a booth at Maker Faire this year.  We had planned fun audio (and even ultra-sonic!) projects involving the hot but unobtainable Raspberry Pi but alas Maker Faire registration has come and gone and we have yet to even receive a ship date on our boards. Disappointing but will […]

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DigiPen to offer Degrees in Sound Design and Engineering

DigiPen will be offering two new degrees in Sound Design for Fall 2012. A Bachelor of Arts in Music and Sound Design, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Sound Design. It sounds as if they have some great people associated with the program “Dr. Richard Karpen, Director of the University of Washington’s School of […]

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