Great new products - bad timing Blog 8/31/2012 2 comments Just when it appeared the stars were aligning for a revolution in computing, the future became cloudy. The pending release of Windows 8 is set to usher in a new era of computing with an entirely new applications environment, touch interfaces for both desktop and mobile PCs, and the choice of processor architectures for PCs and mobile devices.
How Intel can use wireless charging to attack ARM Blog 8/30/2012 19 comments Intel is gearing up to make wireless charging part of its mobile computing offering. Linking computers to mobile phones wirelessly could be used not only to charge up phones but also to supercharge Intel's mobile business strategy.
Human hotspots – wireless for your body The Engineering Life--Around the Web 8/29/2012 8 comments Wireless connectivity is already fairly ubiquitous, but with ever more devices getting hooked up to the net, will the final frontier become the human body?
Seriously? Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 8/29/2012 11 comments My knee-jerk reaction was "Oh dear, what have I said or done that has raised my friend's ire?"
Robo-chef cooks up a storm Blog 8/27/2012 9 comments China is building an army of robots - chef robots that is. In the face of rising labor costs, Chinese restaurateur Cui Runguan has cooked up “Chef Cui,” a robot chef that can slice noodles all day long without breaking a sweat.
Neil Armstrong, First Man Blog 8/26/2012 17 comments Neil Armstrong, who died Saturday (Aug. 25), wasn't interested talking about himself. Like any good engineer, he was focused on working with unknowns and solving problems.
Sensing a touchy-feely haptic future Engineering Pop Culture! 8/24/2012 7 comments Humans are rather emotional creatures. We rely heavily on our five senses to interact with the world around us, drinking things in with our eyes, ears, nose and mouth. We’re also a touchy-feely bunch, and it turns out, we’re really quite fond of pushing buttons. It’s that whole tactile feeling.
What were they thinking: sock wedgie Blog 8/24/2012 6 comments On Fridays, I love to find some humor for the week, and patents are often a source of inspiration. Here is one I found for a problem I didn’t know existed – a sock wedgie…
Will there be a Nokia Win8 tablet? The Engineering Life--Around the Web 8/24/2012 8 comments When Microsoft first announced the Surface, everyone was overwhelmed, Microsoft for the first time, would be building a complete experience, combining both hardware and software into one holistic product.
ASSET releases IJTAG tutorial Blog 8/23/2012 4 comments IJTAG could bring some standardization to the usage of on-chip instrumentation, a move that will help make this a much easier task in SoC design…
The ultimate city vehicle? Blog 8/22/2012 13 comments Anyone who has ever attempted to find a parking spot in San Francisco during peak hours can tell you that a small car is your friend. And it doesn’t get much friendlier than the new Hiriko Fold, a car which slaughters any potential parking woes.
Yoshida in China: Does China Mobile need iPhone? Blog 8/22/2012 14 comments China’s telecom market is showing signs of distress. Wireless carriers in China are beginning to see their growing handset subsidies to customers eating into profits, while they struggle to increase their ARPU (average revenue per user).
Cheesy Sci-Fi TV Series of the 60s and 70s Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 8/22/2012 90 comments Here are some of the cheesy Sci-Fi TV Series I used to watch in the 60s and 70s. Did you see these? If so, which did you like the best (and which did you hate the most)?
Mixed signals: Where are your manners? Engineering Pop Culture! 8/21/2012 16 comments Everyone knows that speaking with your mouth full is disgusting. It’s equally true that people talking loudly on mobile phones in public places is obnoxious. Put the two together and you literally have a recipe for gastronomical disaster, and restaurateurs are taking note.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 15 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...