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Video: New Developments in the Cunning Chronograph Competition
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9/4/2015   5 comments
Steve Manley has taken our capriciously cunning chronograph competition to the next level using his new 3d printer.
An affordable online CNC prototyping service: Draw2CNC
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9/3/2015   19 comments
The great thing about Draw2CNC (in addition to being free, quick to learn, and easy to use) is that it won't let you create a design that cannot be manufactured.
Two Drones Just Landed On My Desk
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9/2/2015   15 comments
In which Max discovers the joys of flying drones and capturing videos from the air.
Latest & Greatest Woodstock Era Spotify Playlist
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9/2/2015   11 comments
Here's a Woodstock Era playlist comprising 158 songs (9 hours and 24 minutes) that can be loaded directly into Spotify.
Video: Two Fritos Cans 'Chatting'
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8/28/2015   13 comments
Imagine a gaggle of these cans conversing with each other -- their lids and animatronic eyes popping up and down like a demented game of Whac-A-Mole.
Revisiting the Woodstock Era with the Perfect Playlist
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8/27/2015   93 comments
If you were tasked with creating the definitive collection of songs that defined the Woodstock era, which tracks would you include and which would you exclude?
Want a Deal? Visit Your Local Technology Recycling Store
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8/25/2015   15 comments
It doesn’t matter how crusty you are -- $2.50 for a 15-meter Ethernet cable is bound to being a little smile to your face.
Fantastical Theatre Featured at ESC Minneapolis 2015
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8/25/2015   8 comments
At the forthcoming Embedded System Conference (ESC), the Fantastical Theatre sessions are open to all attendees, including those sporting a Free Demo Hall Pass.
If You Give a Nerd a Microscope...
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8/24/2015   31 comments
Given the right tools -- including a digital microscope -- it's possible for anyone who is reasonable adept to hand-solder electronic systems based on surface-mount technology (SMT).
Awesome Robots, Bizarre Traditions & Magnificent Monowheels
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8/21/2015   17 comments
It's hard to know what our future robot overlords are going to think when they see these videos -- it might be best to start running now!
Imaginary Embedded Engineers from Down Under at ESC
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8/19/2015   5 comments
A surprising number of ESC attendees came from far afield, including Iceland, Korea, and New Zealand.
Cyber Insecurity
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8/19/2015   8 comments
In these uncertain times, designers have to consider security at every point in the system, because each system is only as secure as its weakest link.
Meet the Man Behind the EETimes Cartoon Caption Competition
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8/7/2015   4 comments
Have you ever wondered where the cartoons in the caption competition come from and how this all works behind the scenes?
Incredible Images of the Dark Side of the Moon
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8/7/2015   33 comments
The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite orbiting at the L1 Lagrange Point has captured some amazing images of the moon passing across the face of the earth.
# ILookLikeAnEngineer
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8/6/2015   11 comments
The facts that I myself am outrageously handsome, a trendsetter, and a leader of fashion have caused some people to doubt that I am an engineer.
Perambulating & Texting -- Dazed & Confused
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7/31/2015   16 comments
It seems that walking while texting is becoming endemic; so much so, in fact, that a city in Belgium has set up special walking lanes for people who are texting.
Turing Test -- Are You Talking to a Human or a Machine?
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7/31/2015   70 comments
Imagine you are allowed to pose five questions to determine whether you are communicating with a person or a machine; what questions would you ask?
The Best Way to Store Morse Code in C
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7/30/2015   3 comments
In which we compare two approaches to store and manipulate the dot-and-dash symbols used to represent characters in Morse code.
Arsenic and Old Lace
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7/27/2015   10 comments
You often hear that arsenic has no taste, but how do we know this to be true?
What's the best way to store Morse code dots and dashes in C?
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7/24/2015   18 comments
When it comes to representing Morse codes dot and dashes in C, every approach Max can think of is less than optimal or incongruous.
Which of 'The Big Bang Theory' Characters Are You?
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7/17/2015   9 comments
Want to know which of the 'Big Bang Theory' characters you're most like? Here's a fun little online quiz that will reveal all.
Maze-Running Micro-Mice
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7/16/2015   6 comments
These little rascals are surprisingly fast and extremely good at solving mazes -- maybe we should design an EETimes.com version.
Duck! Free Silego development kits are winging their way!
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7/15/2015   2 comments
Free Silego GPAK4 mixed-signal FPGA development kits will soon be winging their wat to the folks who tempted Max with the tastiest application ideas.
15% Discount for ESC Silicon Valley 2015
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7/15/2015   Post a comment
Max has wangled a top-secret-squirrel code for the forthcoming ESC Silicon Valley 2015; this little scamp grants 15% off All-Access, Conference, and Hardware Startup passes.
Will Scriba be the Computer Stylus for the 21st Century?
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7/14/2015   4 comments
By combining a traditional touch-screen interface approach with a Bluetooth Low-Energy capability, Scriba can enhance the user experience.
You Won’t Believe These Videos!
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7/13/2015   Post a comment
Watching a man in a wingsuit flying through a very small hole in a cliff at 155 MPH will send shivers down your spine.
Learn How to Implement Embedded Speech at ESC Silicon Valley
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7/13/2015   Post a comment
This is one session Max is definitely going to attend because he wants to add voice control capabilities to all of his projects.
Stunning Time-Lapse Photos
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7/13/2015   2 comments
If you have a moment to root through Shane Black's gallery, you will see images that will leave you speechless.
New Documentary about Dean Kamen Playing in Select Cinemas
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7/10/2015   Post a comment
One of the major problems facing the world in years to come will be lack of water. Dean Kamen's solution could mean the difference between life and death for countless people.
Deadline Extended to July 16 for ESC's Embedded Education Program (EEP) Call For Papers
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7/10/2015   Post a comment
In addition to presenting his/her paper in the Fantastical Theatre at ESC Silicon Valley, the 1st-place winner gets $500, an R&S HMO1002 Digital Oscilloscope.
Cavemen with Cameras
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7/9/2015   9 comments
Max's new scheme for his caveman diorama involves embedding some tiny video cameras around the cave -- Caveman Cam, if you will.
Very Cool Low-Power $5 FPGA Module
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7/9/2015   24 comments
The DIPSY is a tiny (10mm x 10mm) FPGA module that's based on an ice40UL1K FPGA from Lattice Semiconductor and that's priced at only $5 USD.
Four Drool-Worthy Kickstarter Projects
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7/8/2015   8 comments
From holodecks to light sabers to CRT-based clocks, these Kickstarter projects make one's inner geek squeal in delight!
Farewell Gary Smith
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7/7/2015   2 comments
Many people in the industry will forever think of “Gary Smith” and “EDA” as being synonymous. He was one of a kind!
Sneak Peak! Not Your Grandmother's Embedded Systems @ ESC Silicon Valley 2015
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7/6/2015   Post a comment
When it comes to the embedded systems we'll see in 10, 20, 50, and 100 years' time, the one thing we know for sure is that they won't be our grandmothers embedded systems.
No Respect!
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7/3/2015   82 comments
Every now and then, you see someone doing something, and you think to yourself, "That person has no respect for anyone else."
Firework Display as Seen by Drone
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7/2/2015   21 comments
Have been thinking about purchasing a drone? If so, watching this video may well push you over the edge.
Speech Recognizer / Synthesizer Shield for Arduino & Other MCUs
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7/1/2015   23 comments
A Kickstarter project the just launched promises a rather interesting speech recognizer and synthesizer shield for use in hobby projects and embedded systems.
Want a Free GPAK4 Mixed-Signal FPGA Development Kit From Silego?
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7/1/2015   4 comments
25 GPAK4 mixed-signal FPGA development kits will be given by the folks at Silego to members of the EETimes.com and Embedded.com communities.
ESC SV: 20% Discount Ends July 10, 2015
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7/1/2015   Post a comment
Max's top-secret-squirrel code for the forthcoming ESC Silicon Valley 2015 will get 20% off All-Access, Conference, and Hardware Startup passes.
Sneak Peak! RTOS Smackdown at ESC Silicon Valley 2015
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6/30/2015   4 comments
At ESC Silicon Valley, seven of the leanest, meanest, coolest, hottest contenders in the RTOS multi-universe will take it in turns to explain why their RTOS is the bestest of the best.
Gobsmacking Graphic Novels
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6/29/2015   9 comments
Max recently became enthralled with a bunch of new graphic novels; now he wants to make contact with someone with whom he can discuss the little rascals.
Rounding Algorithms Can Be Tricky
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6/29/2015   11 comments
There's a lot more to the topic of rounding than most people think, like the fact that different software applications may do things in different ways.
Bold Brit Builds Bodacious 16-Bit Mega-Processor
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6/26/2015   12 comments
Once again, Britain is leading the world with regard to creating extremely large, painfully slow, and excruciatingly expensive computing technology.
From Volts and Amps to Furlongs per Fortnight
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6/25/2015   29 comments
Engineers often work with very small or very large quantities. As an alternative to writing endless zeros, we annotate these quantities with special qualifiers.
Looking at the Amazon Echo from a Different Perspective
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Amazon's Alexa AppKit allows developers to create their own apps that leverage Alexa voice services to respond to custom commands with custom actions.
IEEE Recognizes Outstanding Engineer
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6/24/2015   1 comment
Bob Zeidman recognized by Santa Clara Valley Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with Outstanding Engineer Award.
The Amazin' Amazon Echo... Echo... Echo
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6/23/2015   20 comments
The Amazon Echo is a tempting taste of things to come -- a step along the path to embedded systems that boast true embedded speech and embedded vision.
ESC Silicon Valley 2015 Sneak Peek: Obfuscated C Code
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6/23/2015   22 comments
The IOCCC, which is one of the longest running contests on the Internet, awards those who submit the most obfuscated working C program in 4096 bytes or less.
Secret Agent Wearable Phone Keeps Track of Kids
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6/19/2015   22 comments
This wearable phone allows your child to communicate with authorized adults and also lets you track him or her on your own smartphone via GPS.
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