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Alain Pannetrat discusses his journey from tinkerer to open-source hardware engineering (part 1) 

 August 22, 2019

By  Lina Alexaki

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Alain Pannetrat, founder of Omzlo, and Dr. Peter Dalmaris, author of Maker Education Revolution

The full video for this interview is available, please check it out.

In this episode, Dr. Peter Dalmaris talks with Alain Pannetrat.

Alain is the founder of OMZLO, a company that designs, manufactures and sells open-source hardware with a focus on wired IoT.

Alain also works as a product manager and researcher for the Cloud Security Alliance.

He previously worked as an IT expert for the French data protection authority (CNIL) and as a smartcard security consultant in the banking industry.

He holds a Ph.D. in applied cryptography but discovered a passion for electronics the day he bought his first Arduino UNO.

In my conversation with Alain Pannetrat, we discuss NoCAN, a platform that uses CAN bus to network dozens of Arduino nodes with a single wire.

NoCAN is a technology that is very interesting on its own, and I’ve spent a big bunch of the interview discussing it with Alain.

But apart from the technology, I was very interested in Alain’s experience in setting up a business around NoCAN, and running two Kickstarter campaigns.

When it comes to electronics and manufacturing, Alain is totally self-taught.

I am sure you will enjoy this conversation.

This is Tech Explorations Podcast episode 3 part 1.

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Show Notes

    • [0:00:00] Introducing Alain Pannetrat
    • [0:03:04] Alain talks about his background, his company Omzlo, and his product NoCAN, a wired IoT Platform for makers
    • [0:07:29] Alain’s introduction to hardware such as the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi
    • [0:11:36] Omzlo home page
    • [0:14:28] Connecting Arduino-compatible nodes through CAN-bus
    • [0:19:34] An example application to begin with for someone who’s learning to use NoCAN
    • [0:23:14] Wireless vs wired, advantages and disadvantages

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