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Deep Thoughts Regarding the Bodacious Brain
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11/23/2016   29 comments
There's more to building a brain than one might think. Should each cell reside in blissful ignorance or have some level of spatial awareness, for example?
The Time Has Come to Build My Own Electronic Brain
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11/18/2016   28 comments
Can you imagine a tall glass dome jam-packed with a three-dimensional array of LED-based neurons frantically flickering away in response to sound?
What Are the Coolest Engineering Gifts?
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11/16/2016   47 comments
What products or DIY creations do you think techno-weenies would most appreciate as gifts this coming Crimble?
Dual-Port 2A USB Chargers Only $1.95
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11/14/2016   34 comments
These chargers really do produce 2A as claimed; they have two USB connectors, a power indicator, foldable prongs, and they’re UL listed.
Who Wouldn't Want a Big Hex Computer?
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11/10/2016   27 comments
The Big Hex Computer is complicated enough to be interesting while remaining small enough to be presented on a single panel.
Rad-Tolerant Lockstep Quad Core 8051 Uses Only 12% of FPGA
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11/8/2016   29 comments
This rad-tolerant Lockstep Quad Modular Redundancy (Lockstep QMR) system can rebuild itself after experiencing a variety of soft errors, including SEUs and SETs.
AI-Controlled Chessboard for the 21st Century
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11/8/2016   4 comments
Using the associated app, you can play against the app's AI or against another human, who could be located anywhere around the globe.
Kickstarter Offers Novel Way of Presenting Electronic Components
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11/4/2016   21 comments
This way of presenting electronic components could be incredibly useful for high schools and electronics kits targeted at kids and young adults.
Underwhelmed by "Mind-Boggling" Invention Claims
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11/2/2016   9 comments
Portable water-powered generators and finger-tip phone calls may be interesting, but they fail the mind-boggling test.
Thank Goodness for Makers
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10/28/2016   27 comments
Did you ever fear that hobby electronics was fading away, and were you surprised by the emergence of the Maker Movement?
$22 FPGA-Based Logic Analyzer Packs a Punch
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10/27/2016   3 comments
The FPGA-based SUMP2 logic analyzer is useful for large FPGA development, but is also able to scale way down to work on a $22 Lattice iCEstick FPGA+USB board.
Zynq Goes Pynq
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10/25/2016   5 comments
The PYNQ-Z1 allows you to create embedded systems using the Python language and associated libraries in conjunction with the Xilinx Zynq-7000 SoC FPGA.
Ladybird and Enid Blyton Books for Grown-Ups
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10/25/2016   12 comments
A bevy of books spoofing classic characters and genres are leaping into the limelight to tumultuous applause.
Oculus Touch VR Controllers Available for Preorder
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10/11/2016   Post a comment
Tightly integrated virtual reality controllers add a whole new level to the overall immersive experience.
Caveman Diorama Appears in Modelling Competition
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10/6/2016   4 comments
On Saturday September 24, 2016, Max and Mike presented their caveman diorama at the Huntsville Plastic Modelers Society's annual competition.
Why, Windows 10, Why?
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9/30/2016   68 comments
Does your computer run the Windows 10 operating system? Have you noticed that it always seems to be busy when you aren’t doing anything?
What's the Best Way to Depict 1-to-5 in PY (People Years)?
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9/29/2016   25 comments
Can you think of a suitable graphic to contrast the life of a 20-year-old student with a 100-year timespan?
Free Webinar: Introducing the XLR8 FPGA-based Arduino Uno Clone
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9/29/2016   Post a comment
The FPGA-based XLR8 has the same footprint as an Arduino Uno, but it runs like an Arduino Uno on steroids.
Virtual Reality-Capable Notepad Computers
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9/28/2016   10 comments
The folks at MSI have introduced some drool-worthy virtual reality-capable notepad (laptop) computers and PC backpacks.
Energy Huntsville Summit Promises to be a High-Energy Event
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9/19/2016   2 comments
Want to learn a lot of thought-provoking stuff, meet a bunch of interesting folks, and be introduced to a wide variety of fascinating companies?
Caveman Diorama Meets Huntsville Modeling Competition
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9/16/2016   1 comment
If you live anywhere near Huntsville, Alabama, you may wish to attend the modelling competition on Saturday September 24 and see the caveman diorama in person.
To Sleep, Perchance to Lucid Dream
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9/15/2016   2 comments
In a lucid dream, the dreamer writes the script and becomes the lead actor, director, and special effects technician.
If all else fails, iPads have a hard reset (who knew?)
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9/7/2016   27 comments
Did you know that pressing-and-holding the iPad's Home and Power buttons together for at least 10 seconds forces the hardest of hard resets?
Small/Home office? Computers down? Who ya gonna call?
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9/6/2016   Post a comment
Do you work from home or for a small company? Do you manage your own systems, do you outsource said management, or are you thinking of doing so?
Virtual Worlds Defy Description
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9/1/2016   2 comments
In terms of the sumptuous graphics and awesome backing soundtrack, Obduction truly is -- as folks claim -- the spiritual descendant to Myst and Riven.
I'm on the Brink of Being Obducted; Farewell...
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8/29/2016   16 comments
As this launch trailer video shows, Obduction takes immersive reality to a whole new dimension.
Virtual and mediated realities: presentation technologies and potential applications
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8/26/2016   3 comments
Are you looking forward to the virtual and mediated future with trepidation or delight?
Minecraft + Oculus Rift Virtual Reality = Mind Goes Boom
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8/24/2016   7 comments
Installing Minecraft on the Oculus Rift is not as intuitive as one might hope, but the end result is spectacular and well-worth the effort.
How It Was
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8/22/2016   6 comments
Sometimes it's nice to take a stroll down memory lane and remind oneself as to the way things used to be...
Just call me 'Mr GQ'
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8/19/2016   19 comments
Do you ever find yourself hankering for an old-time barber giving you an old-fashioned shave involving lots of foam and a straight-edge razor?
Introducing the Floppotron 2.0
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8/12/2016   17 comments
Boasting 64 floppy drives, 8 hard disks, and 2 scanners, the Floppotron 2.0 is equivalent to a small computer orchestra.
Catchy Catechisms & Thought-Provoking Proverbs
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7/28/2016   41 comments
In 100 mile-an-hour winds, even turkeys can fly.
A Man, a Wife, a Boy, and a Pound of Ground Sirloin
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7/27/2016   24 comments
Every now and then, a younger person says or does something so strange that it makes you want to scream "What!?!?"
Win a Rugged Hand-Held Oscilloscope
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7/22/2016   7 comments
A two-minute video may win you a handheld or a GoPro camera.
Trouble Brewing with Smartphone/Tablet Power Modules
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7/19/2016   34 comments
Is it really so difficult to make sure that the charging cable coming out of the wall-wart is the same cable that's plugged into the device to be charged?
It's (Virtual Reality) Life Jim, But Not As We Know It
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7/6/2016   14 comments
Is buying an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive along with an appropriate computer-graphics combo worth the expense?
Ladyada says "Hi"
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7/5/2016   22 comments
Adafruit's founder Ladyada receives a 'Champions of Change -- Making' award from the Whitehouse.
The Way a Camera Store Should Be
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6/30/2016   23 comments
Do you bemoan the passing of the privately-owned shops of yesteryear with their accompanying service and expertise?
Escaped Russian Robot Faces Death Penalty
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6/29/2016   7 comments
Russian robot makes a break for freedom from the facility where its capabilities are being evaluated.
A (Good) Picture is Worth 1,000 Words
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6/24/2016   43 comments
At some stage, a cheap-and-cheerful camera coupled with a point-and-click technique fails to satisfy one's artistic urges.
Amazing: 3D Models Generated from 2D Photos
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6/23/2016   3 comments
The mind boggles when you try to imagine combining deep neural network embedded vision systems with this 3D model extraction technology.
Hail & Farewell Summer Solstice 2016
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6/21/2016   29 comments
Do you regard the arrival and departure of the Solstices and Equinoxes with joy, with equanimity, or with dread?
Ask Not What Max Can Do For You...
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6/17/2016   8 comments
Do you have a favorite computer game you would like to revisit as a virtual reality experience?
Cunningly Creative Chart of Cosmic Exploration
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6/13/2016   3 comments
This color-coded chart traces the trajectories of every orbiter, lander, rover, flyby, and impactor to ever slip the surly bonds of Earth's orbit.
Cutting a Dash with Amazon's Dash Buttons
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6/9/2016   24 comments
Do these Wi-Fi-enabled buttons herald the dawn of a new golden age, or do they signify the beginning of the end of life as we know it?
Farberisms Rule, Spoonerisms Drool
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6/6/2016   27 comments
Are Farberisms funnier than Spoonerisms, or are we bonking up the wrong tree?
Killer VR App + Killer VR Machine = Awesome VR Sauce
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6/3/2016   13 comments
Combine the Oculus Rift with VR Games like Obduction and ZED, throw in a dedicated VR computer system, and prepare to have your mind boggled.
1st Prize in CircuitMaker Competition is Othermill Pro CNC Milling Machine
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6/1/2016   3 comments
Can you imagine having an Othermill Pro CNC milling machine sitting on your desk, whipping out prototype PCBs whenever you need them?
New FPGA/SoC TFT LCD Display Controller IP Core
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6/1/2016   4 comments
The DB9000 TFT LCD Controller IP core supports LCD panel resolutions from 240x240 up to 8192x8192.
Gululu Smart Water Bottle Keeps Kids Hydrated
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5/24/2016   9 comments
Meet the Gululu, the spiritual descendent of the Tamagotchi, but one that is more suited to (virtual) life in the 21st Century.
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