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10 Greatest Hoaxes in the History of Engineering
Engineering Investigations  
4/1/2015   2 comments
From faux innovations, to fake artificial intelligence, to an Internet-ready Porta-Potty, here's a look at our favorite hoaxes throughout engineering history.
Mixed-Signal Oscilloscopes to Invade ESC Boston
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4/1/2015   Post a comment
Designers of embedded systems need to test and troubleshoot designs by looking at both digital and analog signals, and the analog representations of digital signals. ESC Boston is the place to see mixed-signal oscilloscopes in action.
Juggling Data Connectivity Protocols for Industrial IoT
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3/31/2015   Post a comment
With much legacy equipment existing with older protocols and requiring diverse real-time needs, the Industrial IoT will not soon, if ever, use a single data-connectivity standard.
IoT Sensor Networks Seek Routes
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3/31/2015   Post a comment
Sensor networks for the Internet of Things present some unique routing challenges, writes consultant Larry Mittag.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Night At The Museum
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3/31/2015   Post a comment
We took our review model for a whirl at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It's a great mobile phone, weighed down by unwanted apps.
Power & Signal Over A Single Wire Do More With Less
Blog  
3/31/2015   1 comment
If power together with signal is your goal, there are a number of different ways to get it done Ė assuming ludicrous speed isn't a requirement, of course.
My Mom the Radio Star
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/30/2015   Post a comment
Max's Mom was just interviewed on the radio. He says that she will be "dining out at the hairdressers" for weeks on this.
It's an Analog World
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3/30/2015   Post a comment
It's an Analog World: A handful of companies have risen to the challenge of specifying and supporting programmable analog chips.
5 Doníts and Doís for Working with a Contract Manufacturer
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3/30/2015   2 comments
Heeding these ten tips can prevent headaches when using contract manufacturing.
ESC Silicon Valley 2015 Sneak Peek! Using Arduinos & ChipKITs for Rapid Prototyping
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/30/2015   Post a comment
At ESC Silicon Valley 2015, Duane Benson will be giving a presentation on his experiences in using the Arduino for the rapid prototyping of his projects.
IoT Should Not Wait for Standards
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3/30/2015   6 comments
Itís too early to start setting standards for the Internet of Things, argues the head of IoT at Xchanging.
March 28 is Arduino Day -- Break Out the Party Hats!
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/27/2015   10 comments
On 3/28/2015, the folks at SparkFun are offering up to 30% off some of their favorite Arduino/Arduino compatible boards and a whole slew of Arduino accessories.
Four Steps to Field-Oriented Control -Ė The Final Two
Blog  
3/27/2015   4 comments
Concluding Dave's series on implementing field-oriented control, he looks at what to do with the error signals derived in step two.
Teensy-Weensy GPAK4 Mixed Signal FPGAs
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/27/2015   Post a comment
For embedded designers who arenít familiar with FPGAs, Silego's teensy-weensy mixed-signal GPAK devices might be just what they are looking for.
Why We Disagree with the IEEE's Patent Policy
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3/27/2015   1 comment
The IEEE's new patent policy could slash royalty revenues and limit ways to enforce patents, says the chief executive of InterDigital.
Friday Quiz: EE 101, Part 3
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3/27/2015   19 comments
In this third installment from "Electrical Engineering 101," we look and transistors and logic circuits.
Convince Me Why I Should Care About VR
Blog  
3/26/2015   9 comments
When I go to a conference and see bobble-headed enthusiasts wearing some kind of virtual reality goggles, spinning around in chairs, craning their necks to see some distant corner of a virtual world Ė Iím both completely disinterested and oddly intrigued.
Single-Chip FPGA-Based Embedded Vision & Fusion Analytics Solutions
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3/26/2015   9 comments
The idea here is to perform 'processing on the edge' -- to analyze a video stream and to only transmit useful information like 'Send help -- a car just crashed at these GPS coordinates.'
ESC Minneapolis 2015 Sneak Peek! Baking Pis in Africa
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/26/2015   Post a comment
Do you want to hear tall tales of rafting the Nile and driving 8,000 miles from Nairobi to Johannesburg and back in the name of product testing?
Patent Suits Have Global Impacts
Blog  
3/26/2015   1 comment
Companies found guilty of patent infringement, even those under an injunction, may be permitted to carry out some global activities, according to a recent court decision.
It's Alive! It's Alive! Max's BADASS Display
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/25/2015   Post a comment
When Max powers one of his projects up for the first time, it's not unusual for sparks and smoke and strange sounds to ensue. But in this this case...
Fear of Formication
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/25/2015   38 comments
Even the definition of formication can be deceiving, because this word is derived from 'formica,' which is the Latin word for 'ant.'
5 Steps to Securing the IoT
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
A handful of simple principles can help engineers build more secure designs targeting the Internet of Things (IoT).
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3/25/2015   1 comment
Testing code post
Controlling Multiple Loops in a Power Supply
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
While there can be some issues with regulating multiple loops, if you are able to understand the system constraints, you can come up with a strategy to make the power supply behave.
Helping Tokyo Olympics Tech Drive Succeed
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
Japan is faced with challenges that ADAS intends to solve -- safer driving.
Manufacturing Industry Short on Tech Talent
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3/24/2015   3 comments
Manufacturing in the US is trying to rebound, but a shortage of technical talent may impede progress.
EUV Makes Headway At Last
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3/24/2015   2 comments
Research on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography is making real progress, encouraging semiconductor makers to reconsider their road maps.
Inside the Measurement Pillow
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3/24/2015   3 comments
EE Times' test & measurement editor spoke with Dr. Rick Loos, who is developing a pillow that will measure your movement as you sleep.
The New Must-Have in Emulation
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
The return in rapid system-level validation and debug amply justifies the investment in emulation -- until it doesn't.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek! See Renowned Inventor Dean Kamen
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/23/2015   Post a comment
Attendees to the forthcoming ESC Boston 2015 will be able to attend a presentation by Renowned Inventor Dean Kamen titled: "The Luke Arm and Other Developments at DEKA Research"
Ethernet Masquerading as Chaos
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3/23/2015   1 comment
The chairman of the 400 Gbit/s Ethernet effort describes its status in the context of all four major Ethernet standards efforts in the works.
Never Say Never When it Comes to Measurement
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3/23/2015   1 comment
Einstein analyzed the dynamics of Brownian motion, noting that particle velocity could never be measured due to the small scale. But, some innovative tools and techniques are making that measurement possible.
Tin Whiskers Brewing Company: Engineered to Perfection
Blog  
3/20/2015   3 comments
Short Circuit Stout, Wheatstone Bridge, and Ampere Amber are three of the craft beers on tap at a micro-brewery owned by three—maybe you guessed who already?--electrical engineers.
A Manifesto for Makers
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3/20/2015   35 comments
The maker ethos is not unlike that of the athlete and can be found in faraway Russia or the local Maker Faire, says veteran engineer Lee Felsenstein.
Friday Quiz: EE 101, Part 2
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3/20/2015   7 comments
Didn't get 100% last week on part 1? Here's a chance to redeem yourself.
12 Cool Applications of the Industrial IoT
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/19/2015   Post a comment
The Industrial IoT is not merely a vision of the future, it is here and now as this slideshow demonstrates.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek! Feeling Insecure? Donít Worry; ESC Has You Covered!
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/19/2015   Post a comment
Forewarned is forearmed, so thank goodness we have the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) to teach us all about securing our embedded systems.
Is It OK To Experiment on Family Members?
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/19/2015   76 comments
If one were to find oneself in possession of a wireless device whose sole function was to go "ping," one could perform an interesting experiment.
Is 2015 the year of wireless charging?
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
It has been an incredibly exciting start to 2015 with several major announcements in wireless power along with several noticeable absences.
Is License-Assisted Access Needed?
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Some carriers are eyeing the use of LTE in unlicensed 5GHz spectrum as a way to keep up with skyrocketing capacity demands, but the technology isn't an ideal solution.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek! Designing IoT security from the ground up!
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/18/2015   Post a comment
One of the topics that is near and dear to Max's heart at the moment is the concept of security as it pertains to the Internet of Things (IoT).
What? That .Sucks!
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/18/2015   2 comments
The folks in charge of the Internet are opening up all sorts of top-level domain names, and the guys and gals at Vox Populi have landed '.sucks'
Can You Use Supercaps to Power Electric Vehicles?
Blog  
3/18/2015   5 comments
The high energy density of supercapacitors makes them seem like a good fit for EVs compared to batteries, and one such suggestion was awarded an honorable mentionóbut is it really technically viable, or even a good idea?
Desirable Doodads That Will Have You Drooling With Desire
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/17/2015   12 comments
In which we discover some amazing contraptions and mind-boggling mechanisms that leave us gasping in awe.
Storage Arrays: All Flash or Hybrid?
Blog  
3/17/2015   1 comment
It may be time to switch to all-flash arrays for storage in the enterprise.
Bioinspired Imaging Technologies and Techniques
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/17/2015   Post a comment
The October 2014 Proceedings of the IEEE, Volume 102, Number 10, was a special issue on bioinspired imaging techniques and technologies that may revolutionize embedded systems of the future.
IoT Wonít Need a Unified Platform
Blog  
3/17/2015   3 comments
The Internet of Things does not need a unified platform, despite fears of a standards war, fragmentation and food fights to get a piece of the IoT.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peak! Podcast on Embedded Systems, ESC, Machine Learning & More
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/17/2015   Post a comment
It's a funny old world, because Max just found himself as the features guest on a technology podcast.
BBC Plugs Kids into Programming
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3/16/2015   14 comments
The BBC will give a new development board for budding Makers to every 11-year-old in the UK next fall, echoing its BBC Micro initiative a generation ago, and raising similar hopes and controversies.
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10 Greatest Hoaxes in the History of Engineering
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You'll probably be reading your fair share of fake headlines on April 1, but phony tech news - both for scams and humor - aren't anything new. The history of science and technology is rife ...

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My Mom the Radio Star
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I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Last Friday lunchtime, for example, I received an email from Tim Levell, the editor for ...

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A Book For All Reasons
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Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...

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Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
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Like many of you, I was saddened to hear the news of Leonard Nimoy's death. His Star Trek character Mr. Spock was an inspiration to many of us who entered technical fields.

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