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  • Test Equipment Demystified: An Introduction to Oscilloscopes

    Greater Nashville Technology Council

    Why might you use one? How do you use one? Which one should you buy? These questions and more will be answered in this, the first in a series of presentations that demystify the tools of the electronics bench. Oscilloscopes are an essential piece of test equipment for the hacker enthusiast through the seasoned professional engineer, but they can be somewhat intimidating and choices daunting. The evening will include a presentation, hands-on activities, and mentorship from experienced experts and border-line dangerous hackers, alike. If you have a scope, bring it! If you don't, fear not. We should have several available for you to play with. Food and live streaming of the talk will be provided by Sturnus, Inc. They are a group of people who make embedded systems from right here in the Nashville, TN area. You can check them out at www.sturnusdesign.com or talk with some of them at the meetup! Eat and greet @ 6. Show & Tell begins around 6:30. The presentation begins around 7:00 p.m.

  • Learn best practices in basic board troubleshooting, diagnostic, and repair.

    Greater Nashville Technology Council

    "Join UBREAKIFIX Master Technicians Christopher Bailey and Cameron Johnson while they demonstrate best practices in basic board troubleshooting, diagnostic, and repair. In this 90 mins session they will provide an overview in troubleshooting followed by a hands on session on how to use tools like 'Open Board View/ZXW' which shows the schematic of a board to help identify where the issue lies." Food and live streaming of the talk will be provided by Sturnus, Inc. They are a group of people who make embedded systems from right here in the Nashville, TN area. You can check them out at www.sturnusdesign.com or talk with some of them at the meetup! Eat and greet @ 6. Show & Tell begins around 6:30. The presentation begins around 7:00 p.m.

  • Lightning Talk Series - Using Initial State to stream and visualize data.

    Greater Nashville Technology Council

    Rick Kuhlman will start our lightning series with a talk about: "Using Initial State, a Nashville startup acquisition story, to stream and visualize data from any internet-connected device using REST. We will take a look at a quick demo sending data through an API and then from a Raspberry Pi using python." Food and live streaming of the talk will be provided by Sturnus, Inc. They are a group of people who make embedded systems from right here in the Nashville, TN area. You can check them out at www.sturnusdesign.com or talk with some of them at the meetup! Eat and greet @ 6. Show & Tell begins around 6:30. The presentation begins around 7:00 p.m.

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  • 2019 Nashville Mini Maker Faire

    The Wond'ry

    The 2019 Nashville Mini Maker Faire (http://nashville.makerfaire.com/) is almost here! This year's Faire is going to be bigger and better than ever. This year's event will again be at The Wondr'y at Vanderbilt University. NashMicro will host the soldering workshop as we have done in the past. We need your help to make this happen. So, PLEASE sign up for as many slots as you can. (https://1drv.ms/x/s!AuP_4PUT3y5O359p1e3Qe9QkctwptQ?e=9V5WtZ) The Maker Faire is Nashville's premier maker event of the year. We hope to see everyone there!

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  • "Replacing C: The Zig Programming Language" by Shritesh Bhattarai

    Nashville Technology Council

    Replacing C: The Zig Programming Language C has been the de-facto systems programming language for more than 40 years. Many new languages have tried to replace C but they bring in immense programming complexity or runtime restrictions that make them a hard sell with domains like embedded systems and microcontrollers. Zig is a general-purpose programming language designed for robustness, optimality, and maintainability. It matches (and in many cases supersedes) the simplicity of C, has manual memory management yet the safety and ergonomic features that you expect from a modern programming language and an unmatched cross compilation story that make it a perfect fit for bare-metal programming (and bigger software systems too). As a plus, it also integrates really well with existing C libraries and codebases. We will take a quick tour of the Zig programming language and see it in action with some live demos running on different platforms. Food and live streaming of the talk will be provided by Sturnus, Inc. They are a group of people who make embedded systems from right here in the Nashville, TN area. You can check them out at www.sturnusdesign.com or talk with some of them at the meetup! Eat and greet @ 6. Show and tell begins after that and the presentation begins around 6:30 p.m.

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  • BYOP (Bring Your Own Project) Night!

    Tech Hill Commons

    Summer is almost over and we are getting ready to bring you a full slate of presenters for the fall, but until then we are going to keep the meeting low-key and technical presentation-free. So, bring your own project, if you have one. Eat and sightsee, if you don't! If you have any specific equipment or technical expertise needs, please leave a comment! NashMicro members have some cool toys and are generally willing to share. Food provided courtesy the fine folks at Sturnus, Inc. Check them out at www.sturnusdesign.com for your embedded system design needs. See you then!

  • "Rebirth of the POKEY: Recreating Atari's 8-Bit Sound Chip in an FPGA"

    Nashville Technology Council

    "Rebirth of the POKEY: Recreating Atari's 8-Bit Sound Chip in an FPGA" by David Shuman. What do you do when your collection of early 80's arcade games is threatened by a malfunctioning ASIC? You recreate the chip in an FPGA! Gather round, kids, as speaker David Shuman recounts how his product, the "PokeyONE," came to life. David Shuman is a Nashville software developer and aspiring FPGA hotshot who has been collecting and restoring video arcade games since 1993. His last presentation at NashMicro was at the April 2017 meetup, where he hosted "Making Your Own Printed Circuit Boards: From DIY to Production." Food and live streaming of the talk will be provided by Sturnus, Inc. They are a group of people who make embedded systems from right here in the Nashville, TN area. You can check them out at www.sturnusdesign.com or talk with some of them at the meetup! Eat and greet @ 6. Show and tell begins after that and the presentation begins around 6:30 p.m.

  • "Taking Candy from Strangers" - Introduction to Animatronics by Chris McPherson

    Join us for a new presentation from Chris McPherson, who has taken Halloween decor to a scary level. "When my wife and I moved into our east Nashville neighborhood a little over 10 years ago, just before Halloween, we thought our new neighbors were joking when they ominously warned us that however much candy we had bought it wasn’t enough. They weren’t joking. Each year at Halloween we host between 300 and 500 trick-or-treaters, and it’s one of my favorite things about living there. Since that first Halloween I’ve been experimenting with DIY holiday animatronics and props and I’ll share some of the props and techniques I’ve learned with you." Food and live streaming of the talk will be provided by Sturnus, Inc. They are a group of people who make embedded systems from right here in the Nashville, TN area. You can check them out at www.sturnusdesign.com or talk with some of them at the meetup! Eat and greet @ 6. Show and tell begins after that and the presentation begins around 6:30 p.m.

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  • "Exploring the Blood and Guts of ST Microcontrollers" by David Starling

    Greater Nashville Technology Council

    Ever wonder how to setup the clock PLL or what the PLL is? Ever wonder about what the speed settings are used for on the GPIO pins? Wonder how the bootstrapping pull-ups work? Or what is a pull-up or pull-down? We'll cover these and many other details of the inner workings of the STM32F series and included peripherals. As well as some "gotchas" on what "pin-compatible" really means from a firmware point of view. We'll cover some of the register programming details for using these chips, and there are certainly a lot of them! We may not cover them all, but hopefully after this talk, you'll be better able to navigate the thousands of pages of data sheets and reference manuals. There are many development boards, so if you have one, bring it along, otherwise we will show and tell some of the cool development kits that are provided with this family of microcontrollers. We're broadening our horizons by having new food options available and live streaming, sponsored by Sturnus, Inc. If you haven't taken the survey, please do so at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LS99HVY

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  • "Courage - TDD and embedded software development" by Matthew Eshleman

    Nashville Technology Council

    Last discussed here in October 2015, Matthew is excited to expand his favorite Test Driven Development (TDD) discussion with additional real world firmware projects and new approaches, including on-target test driven development. At the conclusion of the presentation attendees will have the opportunity to participate in live TDD session. Bring your laptops and your C language expertise! We'll begin the meeting as always with show & tell. So, bring what you've been working on and tell everyone about it. Need help with your project? Bring it and ask for help. Food & drinks will be served at 6PM. Come join the fun and invite your friends! Can't make it? Guess what, we are making our first attempt at streaming tonight's meeting, thanks to our friends at Sturnus. See here: https://youtu.be/T3B8uYXa6mg

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