Insane OSHWA Goals
To start, here are two very short stories.
Story One: I’ve just managed to get my ticket to OSHWA Summit in NYC expensed thru work. Yes!
Story Two: I’ve been feeling “the scaries” lately, largely around feelings that I haven’t achieved anything significant. No! (Don’t worry - I’m seeing a counselor.)
These seem completely unconnected - definitely in the context of OSHWA.
But then it hit me: one of the things I’ve always wanted to do, but never have, is design and build some little OSHW gadget. OSHWA Summit is in about six weeks. Can I make a thing in time to have HW ready for OSHWA summit?
Design, build, and bring up an OSHW device in time for OSHWA Summit in March.
Concept at the moment: an open source function generator design.
Why a function generator?
- I’ve been quietly obsessing over and reading about DDS chips for several months now. Actually building one should exorcise any mystical fascination I’ve been clinging to.
- I’ve never had a function generator of my own. Scratch your own itch, right?
- I can’t, for the life of me, find an OSHW function generator design that doesn’t require you to have a separate Arduino or MCU to control the thing. I don’t have a problem with that per se, but I am a bit impatient. Meaning: when I want to futz with hardware at home, I don’t really want to put in the time to make my tools in addition to making whatever little project I have cooked up. (Yes, the irony that I’ve decided to take on a project that is making tools at a grand scale is not lost on me.)
- I don’t really love the breadboard form factors of the generators I’ve found so far.
My fiance is a teacher, and as a result, I haven’t slept past 630 AM since we started living together. I typically get to work around 9. With a half hour for commuting, and a half hour to get ready for work, I have an hour and a half every day to work on this.
Same strategy as eating an elephant, really. Small bites, one at a time!
I’ve already started working towards this goal, and I’m keeping a short daily journal of my progress, typically with the next day’s tasks providing the jumping off point for journaling. I’m tentatively planning on publishing a weekly digest of this journal, as a way of keeping myself honest about my progress.
Here goes nothing!
If you have never been to OSHWA Summit - you should plan on changing that! It’s very fun, and you get to meet a lot of smart people doing cool things in the OSHW community.