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Aging Brass: Cow Poop vs. Horse Doo-Doo
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8/27/2014   41 comments
There are myriad ways to artificially age brass, including the use of salt, vinegar, ammonia, and temperature. The more daring among us may also consider cow and/or horse manure.
All Aboard for the EETimes Road Trip to the May 2015 Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio
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8/25/2014   7 comments
In May 2015, a bunch of us (including wives, husbands, and significant others) are going to the biggest Hamfest in the world in Dayton, Ohio -- do you want to join us?
Creating New Faceplates for Antique Analog Meters
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8/22/2014   67 comments
If you wish to use antique meters as part of your hobby projects, one task will be to replace the existing faceplate annotations, but what's the best way to do this?
Creating a Vetinari Clock Using Antique Analog Meters
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8/20/2014   95 comments
Can you imagine a clock formed from old analog meters mounted in an antique-looking wooden box? Now imagine an interpretation of a Vetinari clock (the mind boggles).
Synthesize Your Own RTOS for FREE!
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8/19/2014   11 comments
SynthOS automatically "synthesizes" an application-specific operating system (ASOS) -- for use on an FPGA, MCU, or SoC -- that is optimized for your application.
Interpreting Marketing Claims
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/18/2014   52 comments
Marketing materials tend to include all sorts of claims, but what do these assertions mean in the real world?
R U Using AmazonSmile?
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/15/2014   8 comments
This is just like using the regular Amazon, the only difference is that Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the charity of your choice.
Really Annoying Music Suppressors
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/14/2014   34 comments
What do you do if you are on a road trip with someone who likes to play music really loud -- especially if it's a genre you don’t particularly like yourself?
Zapping Things With ESD – Just One More Service I Offer
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8/13/2014   83 comments
While Max was mulling things over while driving into work, he had a simple yet (he thinks) brilliant idea...
ESC Brazil Prepares for the Robot Apocalypse
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8/11/2014   32 comments
ESC Brazil 2014 is the place to "see and be seen" for any hardware designer and software developer of embedded systems based in South America.
Cake-Cutting Technique for Mathematical Loners
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/8/2014   41 comments
This cake-cutting technique maximizes the amount of gastronomic pleasure one can achieve with a cake -- an achievement that is not to be sniffed at.
Building a Low-Cost Theremin
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/6/2014   20 comments
The Theremini looks uber-cool -- truly a Theremin for the 21st century. The only problem is the $299 price tag.
PSoC 4 Emulation of a MSGEQ7 Audio Spectrum Analyzer
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8/5/2014   11 comments
Applications engineer Sree Harsha Angara has used a programmable SoC to create an exact replica of a MSGEQ7 audio spectrum analyzer IC.
MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer: Software & Timing
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8/4/2014   6 comments
In which we discover some potential "gotchas" with regard to constructing a simple 14-band (2 x 7) audio spectrum analyzer using two MSGEQ7s and a chipKIT or Arduino microcontroller development platform.
What's the Best Traveling Toolkit?
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7/31/2014   95 comments
When one is traveling, it can be really handy to have a small toolkit on hand, but which kit is the best?
Fist Bumps & the Zombie Apocalypse
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/30/2014   57 comments
A fist bump transmits about 1/20th of the pathogens as compared to a regular handshake.
Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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7/23/2014   22 comments
Max is juggling so many hobby projects that it's no wonder his head is spinning like a top.
MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer: Testing
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7/17/2014   14 comments
Here's a step-by-step guide for testing a simple 14-band (2 x 7) audio spectrum analyzer using two MSGEQ7s and a chipKIT or Arduino microcontroller development platform.
All I Need Now Is a Pair of Leather Chaps
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/16/2014   31 comments
Max Maxfield cannot stop himself from adding to his collection of items from Saddleback Leather.
I Can’t Keep Up – What TV Should I Watch?
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7/15/2014   59 comments
There are a lot of science fiction programs on TV at the moment -- Continuum, Defiance, Dominion, Falling Skies, Lost Girl, Orphan Black, The 100 -- but which are worth watching?
All Hail the Mighty Hamster
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/14/2014   24 comments
The Mighty Hamster (a.k.a. Mike Field) will favor Huntsville, Ala., USA, with his august presence.
Max's Secret Garden of Desires
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7/12/2014   10 comments
Max Maxfield spent the recent holiday weekend cogitating and ruminating about things he could do with his back yard.
Want Your Own Desktop PCB Printer?
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7/10/2014   22 comments
The BreadBox PCB printer controls things like timing, mixing of chemicals, and agitation to produce really professional looking, predictable, and repeatable boards.
Meet the AirDog Auto-Follow Drone for GoPro Camera
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/9/2014   21 comments
This amazing quadcopter follows you around capturing the most amazing videos of you doing your thing and strutting your stuff.
MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer: Construction
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7/8/2014   29 comments
Here's a step-by-step guide to constructing a simple 14-band (2 x 7) audio spectrum analyzer using two MSGEQ7s and a chipKIT or Arduino microcontroller development platform.
MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer for BADASS Display
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/8/2014   17 comments
The MSGEQ7 is a small 8-pin device that can be used in conjunction with a microcontroller to create a simple seven-band audio spectrum analyzer.
Made in the USA
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7/4/2014   18 comments
Without America, we might not have many of the things we take for granted, at least not in their present forms...
Panopticam 360-Degree Camera
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/1/2014   19 comments
The Panopticam is a spherical device adorned with 36 cameras that can capture fully immersive "surround" images and videos.
The Coagulated & Curdled Custard of Despair
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/28/2014   127 comments
Are there any dishes from your formative years whose very names cause shivers of apprehension to run up and down your spine?
EE Times Radio Show Debate: Embedded or Not?
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6/25/2014   46 comments
This is your chance to become part of EE Times history -- the first-ever EE Times Live Radio Debate. Be there or be square.
Taming the Mighty Sprout
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6/24/2014   110 comments
Barbeque season is upon us, but who amongst our number dare lay claim to the title of "Sprout Master"?
Hover Board (I Can Build One... I Know I Can)
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6/20/2014   31 comments
Max Maxfield just ran across a video of a rather cool hover board. Now he wants to build one of his own.
Feel the Power (of a Backup Generator)
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6/18/2014   41 comments
Following an incredibly cold snap at the beginning of the year, Max Maxfield decided to invest in a backup power solution.
Determining the Signal Characteristics of the iPad/iPod/iPhone Headphone Output
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/12/2014   24 comments
It's difficult to track down detailed information for the iPad's headphone output on the Internet; the alternative is to take empirical measurements.
Building a Low-Cost Frequency/Function Generator
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6/10/2014   30 comments
The FG085 MiniDDS Function Generator can generate a variety of continuous waveforms (sine, square, triangle, etc.) from 0 to 200KHz.
Just What Is an Embedded System?
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6/9/2014   46 comments
When did people first start using the term 'embedded system'? What did they take it to mean back then? What does it mean now?
Leather Sleeve Protects Computer From 60mph Catastrophe
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6/6/2014   6 comments
The Macbook Air fell 6' vertically while travelling at 60 MPH horizontally, but a protective sleeve from Saddleback Leather saved the day.
Book Review: Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/5/2014   3 comments
This book has layers upon layers upon layers. Suffice it to say that you will be clenching your fists, and you won't be able to draw a breath while reading the last page.
Script to Configure Windows Desktop?
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/3/2014   36 comments
Is there any way to create a script that will open applications and configure one's desktop just the way one likes it?
Arduino-Based Wormhole Actualization Machine (WAM)
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/2/2014   26 comments
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to get sucked into a black hole and travel at hypersonic speeds through a wormhole?
Wake Up & Smell the Bagels
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5/30/2014   24 comments
Many of us are truly living in the golden age of humankind.
What's in Your Wallet?
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5/29/2014   64 comments
Max Maxfield is gloating and whispering, "My precious" over his new wallet from Saddleback Leather.
A. E. Housman & Moi
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5/28/2014   19 comments
In which we discover that EETimes Editor Max Maxfield is related to the famous English classical scholar and poet, A.E. Housman.
Winnie the Pooh Meets Embedded Systems
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5/27/2014   38 comments
While rooting around his office, Max Maxfield discovered what appear to be original illustrations from books featuring Winnie the Pooh.
Radio Ga Ga
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5/23/2014   54 comments
Max Maxfield has a vacuum tube radio that needs some love, but he doesn't have the knowledge required to treat it with the respect it deserves.
Why Do You Do It That Way?
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/22/2014   18 comments
When using software tools, hardware devices, and mechanical contraptions, do you always follow a certain sequence of operations on the basis that you know this sequence works?
ESC Brazil 2014: Here I Come!
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/21/2014   32 comments
Max has just been invited to present a paper introducing FPGA technologies (devices, tools, and design flows) at ESC Brazil 2014.
What Happens if the Data Stops Flowing?
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5/19/2014   27 comments
What will we all do if there's a disaster like a mega-computer virus that brings down all our systems?
Teensy 3.1 MCU + OctoWS2811 Library Dominate Adafruit NeoPixels
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5/16/2014   15 comments
Using the Teensy's DMA capability, the OctoWS2811 can drive eight LED chains in parallel, which means it can update everything eight times faster.
How Augmented Would You Like Your Reality? Part 2
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5/15/2014   17 comments
Will augmented reality be a triumph of information delivery, or a metaphorical millstone around our necks?
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