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Time Flies Like an Arrow & Fruit Flies Like Bananas
Maxís Cool Beans  
4/24/2015   18 comments
Using a computer to translate something like a technical article from a foreign language into English can result in complete gobbledygook.
Wave of 100th Birthday Celebrations Rolls Around the World
Maxís Cool Beans  
4/23/2015   2 comments
Following the party Max's family held to celebrate what would have been his dad's 100th birthday, a number of other people have decided to host similar events.
Sensor-Heavy Capriciously Cunning Chronograph
Maxís Cool Beans  
4/22/2015   34 comments
I'm going to augment my capriciously cunning chronograph with so many sensors it will make your head spin; and when it does, my clock will detect it!
Last Man on Earth: How Would You Behave?
Maxís Cool Beans  
4/20/2015   32 comments
How do you think youíd behave if you were the last person on earth? Would you run wild and free, or would you try to maintain some sense of decorum?
Full Human Head Transplant May Be Closer Than You Think
Maxís Cool Beans  
4/17/2015   9 comments
Suddenly, some of the things we read in science fiction books donít seem quite so far-fetched as once they did.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek!
Maxís Cool Beans  
4/9/2015   2 comments
How exciting! We are currently looking for professors and students to attend our ESC Boston 2015 event through our Embedded Education Program.
What's the Worst Album/CD Ever?
Maxís Cool Beans  
4/8/2015   103 comments
Once you've listened to '100 Polka Classics -- The Greatest Accordion Collection On Earth,' surely the only direction you can go is up; isnít it?
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek! Embedded Systems That Glow in the Dark
Maxís Cool Beans  
4/1/2015   4 comments
At ESC Boston 2015, Max Maxfield will be giving a presentation on how radiation can affect electronic components and systems, and how hardware and software developers can mitigate against these effects.
My Mom the Radio Star
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/30/2015   11 comments
Max's Mom was just interviewed on the radio. He says that she will be "dining out at the hairdressers" for weeks on this.
ESC Silicon Valley 2015 Sneak Peek! Using Arduinos & ChipKITs for Rapid Prototyping
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/30/2015   11 comments
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.
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.
Teensy-Weensy GPAK4 Mixed Signal FPGAs
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/27/2015   6 comments
For embedded designers who arenít familiar with FPGAs, Silego's teensy-weensy mixed-signal GPAK devices might be just what they are looking for.
ESC Minneapolis 2015 Sneak Peek! Baking Pis in Africa
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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?
It's Alive! It's Alive! Max's BADASS Display
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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   49 comments
Even the definition of formication can be deceiving, because this word is derived from 'formica,' which is the Latin word for 'ant.'
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek! See Renowned Inventor Dean Kamen
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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"
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek! Feeling Insecure? Donít Worry; ESC Has You Covered!
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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   77 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.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek! Designing IoT security from the ground up!
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/18/2015   2 comments
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'
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.
Bioinspired Imaging Technologies and Techniques
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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.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peak! Podcast on Embedded Systems, ESC, Machine Learning & More
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/17/2015   4 comments
It's a funny old world, because Max just found himself as the features guest on a technology podcast.
Vetinari Clock: Lighting the Vacuum Tube with Tri-Colored LEDs
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/16/2015   6 comments
As you'll see in this video, some of the effects Max is achieving with tri-colored LEDs mounted under a vacuum tube are pretty awesome.
IoT4EE: This Could Change Everything
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/12/2015   24 comments
IoT4EE technology, like the Simblee from RF Digital, is going to change the way we think about the IoT.
Is There an Arduino Debugger in the House?
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3/12/2015   Post a comment
At ESC Boston 2015, Guido Bonelli will explain how building his Arduino-based Orbis Kinetic Sculpture caused him to design Dr. Duino shield to help debug his projects.
Sons of Murphy's Laws
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/11/2015   14 comments
'If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong..." and other truths for our time.
So Many Projects; So Little Time
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3/11/2015   Post a comment
In which we discover the current state of play with regard to Max's ongoing hobby projects, including his Prognostication Engines, BADASS Display, and Vetinari Clock.
Human-Like Intelligent Embedded Vision from CEVA
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3/10/2015   Post a comment
Take a humble electric toaster in the kitchen and consider the usage model if it were equipped with embedded vision and embedded speech capabilities...
Musings With Regard To Being a One-Armed Engineer
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/5/2015   10 comments
Have you ever considered how difficult it would be to perform many everyday engineering tasks using only one hand?
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek -- Awesome Analog Meters
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
In this Fantastical Theatre presentation at ESC Boston 2015, Max Maxfield will explain tips and tricks associated with using awesome antique analog meters in one's hobby and embedded projects.
Awesome 3D Electronic Sculptures
Maxís Cool Beans  
2/27/2015   13 comments
These little beauties are created using thousands of discrete components (LEDs, transistors, resistors) wired directly together without a PCB.
An Appetizing Archive of Propitious & Pragmatic Resources
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2/26/2015   Post a comment
EE Times blogger Adam Taylor has created a website containing links to all of his writings on FPGAs, engineering, and mission-critical systems.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek -- Open Source Electromagnetic Trackers
Maxís Cool Beans  
2/26/2015   10 comments
Here's a sneak peek at one of the presentations to be given in the Fantastical Theatre of Engineering Innovation at ESC Boston 2015.
Meet the Electron -- an Amazing Arduino-like Cellular Dev Kit
Maxís Cool Beans  
2/25/2015   16 comments
How can you take non-engineers and give them the resources they need to create cellular IoT products? The answer is the Spark Electron.
Is This The Scariest Job Ever?
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2/24/2015   53 comments
What do you think? Is this the scariest job ever, or can you think of something even more terrifying?
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek -- Rapid Prototyping a Cloud-Connected Sensor
Maxís Cool Beans  
2/20/2015   11 comments
In this session at ESC Boston 2015, Adrian Fernandez from Texas Instruments will live-build a complete end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) system using open source hardware and software tools.
Wondrous Wizard Wars
Maxís Cool Beans  
2/18/2015   32 comments
Have you ever seen someone pull a four-foot Tiki Torch out of a chip/crips bag? Think "Mary Poppins," but in front of a live audience and without a table to hide any shenanigans.
Can You Connect a Smartphone to an External Hard Drive?
Maxís Cool Beans  
2/17/2015   21 comments
Suppose you need to access a lot of data in a remote location; would it be possible to augment a smartphone with an external drive?
Two Roads Diverged In a Yellow Wood (Yellow?)
Maxís Cool Beans  
2/13/2015   120 comments
Max is currently memorizing "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, and he's wondering if this little scamp could be improved upon.
Fascinating Factoids to Peruse & Ponder
Maxís Cool Beans  
2/11/2015   17 comments
The US Navy's new electromagnetic railgun can launch projectiles at up to Mach 7 and hurl them 100+ nautical miles, and that's just one of the fascinating factoids in this fun-filled extravaganza!
Murphy's Laws for the 21st Century
Maxís Cool Beans  
2/6/2015   51 comments
The perceived perversity of the universe has long been a subject of comment, and precursors to the modern version of Murphy's law are not hard to find.
RTOS Smackdown @ ESC Boston 2015
Maxís Cool Beans  
2/5/2015   32 comments
In this session at ESC Boston 2015, some 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.
Feast Your Orbs on My Vetinari Clock Prototype
Maxís Cool Beans  
1/30/2015   38 comments
Things are really starting to come together with regard to Max's Vetinari Clock. The meters and vacuum tube are mounted in the prototype awaiting the installation of the electronics.
Very Tasty Solar Media Player & Power Bank
Maxís Cool Beans  
1/26/2015   16 comments
The SP-5000 solar-powered power bank and media player also offers a rainproof, dustproof, shockproof case for your MP3 player or smartphone.
Is Your System Cyber-Secure?
Maxís Cool Beans  
1/22/2015   38 comments
What anti-malware tools and techniques do you use? What would you recommend, and what would you not touch with a ten-foot pole?
Some Mega-Cool & Interesting Stuff
Maxís Cool Beans  
1/21/2015   9 comments
In which we find some extremely interesting videos and projects that cause us to pause for a moment and say "Wow!"
ESC Minneapolis 2015 Will Blow Your Mind
Maxís Cool Beans  
1/21/2015   64 comments
ESC Minneapolis 2015 will feature presentations that will first blow your mind and then blow your socks off, or vice versa.
May 29, 2057 -- Mark the Date!
Maxís Cool Beans  
1/15/2015   34 comments
In which Max starts to cogitate and ruminate over the types of embedded systems we might expect to see by the time his 100th Birthday celebrations commence.
Transient Defects Can Be Difficult to Diagnose
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1/14/2015   35 comments
It can be extremely frustrating to see transient errors flicker in and out of existence. It's even worse when applying diagnostic tools causes the error to disappear.
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