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Vetinari Clock: Lighting the Vacuum Tube with Tri-Colored LEDs
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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?)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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!
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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.
Is it Time for Tea?
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1/12/2015   31 comments
If you like to drink your tea over period of time and you want to keep it hot, then a cast iron teapot heated by a tealight candle is the way to go.
The Best Wibbly Wobbly Doctor Who Timeline Ever!
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1/9/2015   21 comments
The fact that Doctor Who travels back and forth through time does tend to confuse things a little, especially when various incarnations of the Doctor meet up with each other.
It's Not the Size of Your ... or Is It?
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1/7/2015   52 comments
It cannot be denied that people do tend to look at you with more respect if you can show them something of a size and grandeur they've not seen before.
Selfies 2.0
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1/6/2015   17 comments
This super-simple device provides you with the ability to take a new generation of selfies that will make your friends green with envy.
Just Call Me 'King of the Salad People'
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1/5/2015   137 comments
As part of his New Year's resolutions, Max has promised his dear old mom that he will lose 60 pounds, which -- amongst other things -- means giving up alcohol. (Oh, the humanity!)
What's the Best T-Shirt for an Engineer?
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1/3/2015   96 comments
Are there any science, technology, engineering, or math-related t-shirts that bring a smile to your lips or even make you laugh out loud?
You May Be an Engineer If ...
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1/2/2015   76 comments
In which we discover that one way to spot an engineer is to see one use a pair of pliers as a nutcracker.
The Meaning of Liff
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1/1/2015   12 comments
This little rascal is a dictionary of things for which there currently are no words.
I Am Freaking Awesome (Seriously)
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12/31/2014   21 comments
Is it just Max, or are you also sometimes washed over by a wave of wonder when you come to contemplate how truly amazing he is?
Wrap Your Laughing Tackle Around My Little Nibbles
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12/30/2014   10 comments
If you are going to a party and you wish to bring a little something for everyone to nibble on, it's much more impressive if you create a dish yourself.
Sound Effects Shield for Arduino: The Specification
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12/29/2014   74 comments
Many hobby projects can be enhanced by sound effects, but replicating sounds and mixing multiple audio streams can be a tad tricky.
Tired Old iPad 2 vs. Shiny New iPad Air 2
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12/24/2014   51 comments
Should Max continue to struggle with the limited processing power of his trusty iPad 2, or should he embrace the delectations and delights offered by the iPad Air 2?
Max's BADASS Display: A Comedy of Errors
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12/22/2014   48 comments
A wise man once said that everyone makes mistakes; the real trick is to recover from them without anyone else realizing that you messed up in the first place.
Recommended Reads From the Engineer's Bookshelf
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12/18/2014   44 comments
Are you wondering what to buy your family and friends as a gift? Perhaps one of these books reviewed and recommended by Max Maxfield would fit the bill.
Want a Voltera Desktop PCB Printer?
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12/17/2014   31 comments
Who among us wouldn't want the ability to create PCBs on their desktop?
I Want a Zano Autonomous, Intelligent, Swarming Nano-Drone
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12/16/2014   20 comments
The promise of the Zano is that even a drongo like Max Maxfield should be able to capture stunning aerial photographs and videos with no complex flight training.
Bingle Jells
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12/12/2014   21 comments
Here's a "feel good" video that will make you feel all warm and tingly and full of the holiday spirit.
My Tower Computer Is Dead -- Long Live My New Tower!
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12/11/2014   44 comments
Max's primary computer system died, so he purchased a hot new system, but now he's having a problem with the loathsome Bing search engine appearing in his Firefox browser.
Stop! Recycle Those Old Batteries!
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12/9/2014   24 comments
Around 3 billion batteries are discarded in the United States each year, releasing all sorts of unpleasant substances -- including mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel -- into the environment.
Yummy Scrummy Antique Analog Meter Faceplates
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12/8/2014   33 comments
A number of Max's hobby projects have been a long time in the making, but now they are starting to come to fruition.
NASA Challenge: France 1, England 0
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12/5/2014   30 comments
It's a sad state of affairs when a country like France is represented on the international stage while England is nowhere to be seen.
Employee of the Month
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12/4/2014   21 comments
Max Maxfield is looking forward to having the prime parking space next to the main entrance.
Mega-Cool Sound Effects Shield for Arduino
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12/3/2014   65 comments
Many hobby projects can be enhanced by means of sound effects, but replicating sounds and mixing multiple audio streams can be a tad tricky.
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