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Say Hello to an Engineer of the Future
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4/8/2016   12 comments
Some things that mark Ashton Richards as a potential future electronics and computer engineer are his boundless enthusiasm and his willingness to experiment.
EETimes Radio Presents "Embedded Vision: How a Car Sees"
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4/5/2016   Post a comment
The emergence of powerful, low-cost, and energy-efficient processors has made it possible to incorporate practical computer vision capabilities into embedded systems.
Secrets of the Homemade Nixie Tube Clock
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4/4/2016   3 comments
Here's the latest in Max Maxfield's how-to-make-your-own Nixie Tube DIY project. The secret to a homemade Nixie Tube clock is to buy it from a professional.
Caveman Diorama: Quest for Fire
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3/30/2016   Post a comment
If all of the other elements forming the diorama turn out as well as the fire, then it looks like we're going to have something spectacular on our hands.
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream, Perchance to... Dream?
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3/25/2016   35 comments
Have you ever dreamt that you were awake? How do you know that you're not dreaming now?
Hate Telemarketers? You'll Love the Jolly Roger Telephone Company
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3/18/2016   24 comments
When you receive a telemarketing call, simply conference in this number and let the Jolly Roger automaton converse with the telemarketer.
Is that the (daylight saving) time?
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3/18/2016   Post a comment
We derive an algorithm to determine whether to display Standard Time or Daylight Saving Time.
Is this the Best "Tech Support" Video Ever?
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3/17/2016   8 comments
There's a veritable cornucopia of "Tech Support" and "Call Center" related videos out there, but which one is the funniest?
Have You Got the Plaques? (No, I Always Walk This Way)
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3/16/2016   Post a comment
A small brass plaque attached to your project can be "the cream on top of the cake," but only if the plaque exudes quality and style.
Chronograph Inspired by 1960s Ford Mustang Dashboard
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3/15/2016   Post a comment
In which we are introduced to another mega-cool cunning chronograph project and we discover a problem with Daylight Saving Time.
Cunning Low-Cost Dual-Rail Breadboard Power Supply Kickstarter
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3/14/2016   18 comments
This is one of those things you'll end up using almost every day, and it's a bargain at only $9 US dollars.
Hello Flying Cars!
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3/11/2016   8 comments
A Jetsons-like future where we all fly to work in the morning may be closer than you think.
Magnificent Magical Marble Music Machine
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3/9/2016   6 comments
This bodacious beast employs 2,000 marbles to work its magic. It also demands a significant amount of hand-cranking effort on behalf of its operator.
Nighttime Aerial Drone Ballet
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3/8/2016   12 comments
This is one of those feel-good videos that makes you gasp "Ooh!" and "Ah!"
MIT Media Lab Entrepreneur to Discuss Makers' Role in U.S. Innovation, ESC Boston
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3/7/2016   Post a comment
One of Maker movement's most passionate proponents -- entrepreneur, technology consultant, and educator Kipp Bradford -- talks about importance of makers at ESC Boston.
First sighting of ESC Boston 2016 "Hello There!" Robots
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3/4/2016   Post a comment
In which we discover how simple hand gestures can send the robots scurrying to obey their owners' commands.
I Love My 4-Port Beast of a USB Charger
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3/1/2016   22 comments
Are you still living in the past, staring balefully at a single-port USB charger sitting on your desk with your lower lip quivering and a little tear rolling down your cheek?
Max's DNA Results Are In -- It's Worse Than We Feared!
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2/26/2016   31 comments
According to the ethnicity estimate from, Max's DNA shows him to be...
STEM Gets Steamy
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2/25/2016   33 comments
There's a move to add the Arts (A) to the existing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math domains, thereby evolving STEM into STEAM.
First "PCB of the Month" Project is Poised to Roll
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2/24/2016   9 comments
This project is based on the LM331 voltage-to-frequency converter chip that was designed by the late, great Bob Pease.
Latest Atlas Humanoid Robot Frighteningly Lifelike
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2/24/2016   9 comments
Still don’t believe in the robot apocalypse? We'll see who is laughing when you hear the metallic stomping approaching outside your office door.
Amazing T-Rex Illusion Video
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2/23/2016   Post a comment
When all is revealed at the end, you will be "blown away" in astonishment.
Cycle-Accurate 8088/8086 Soft Processor Core Consumes Only 308 FPGA LUTs
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2/18/2016   17 comments
Using a micro-sequencer-based implementation, the designer achieves a cycle-accurate core that's less than one tenth the size of comparable x86 soft cores.
Vera Lynn Meets the Dark Side of the Moon
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2/18/2016   14 comments
Dame Vera was trilling away at full throttle just 30 years before we were feasting our orbs and auricles on Pink Floyd's offerings at Knebworth Park.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
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2/17/2016   15 comments
What do you do if you wish to go to the movies, but your spouse favors historical dramas while you feel zombies are the order of the day?
Britain is Dragged Kicking and Screaming into the Digital Age
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2/12/2016   26 comments
Only in England would they think that transitioning from vellum to archival paper would in any way qualify as "adapting to the digital age."
Introducing Boldport's "PCB of the Month" Club
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2/11/2016   5 comments
Oh the excitement of checking the post each day to see if your next project has arrived and -- if so -- what it is and what it does.
Of Cats and Cucumbers and Bananas
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2/8/2016   5 comments
Would cats have the same reaction to a surreptitiously presented banana as they do to a cunningly concealed cucumber?
New LCD Selection Tool Meets Caveman Time Portal
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2/5/2016   2 comments
This little beauty allows LCD designers and engineers to select the correct LCD technology for their new design and order samples with one click.
FPGA 2016 International Symposium Looms
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2/4/2016   Post a comment
Will Intel's acquisition of Altera change the FPGA landscape? Addressing the complexity of FPGA design; new clocking and pipelining architectures; more...
Why Is My 3.3V Supply Only 1.5V?
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2/3/2016   19 comments
How on earth can one have 3.3V at one end of a series of header pins and only 1.5V at the other end? Just where is the remaining 1.8V going to?
Outrageously Cool Nixie Tube Clocks
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2/2/2016   28 comments
If someone offered you one of these masterpieces as a gift -- and you could choose only one -- which one would that be?
Could This Be The Hover Board?
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1/27/2016   3 comments
It seems Max's dreams of riding his hover board around the neighborhood making even the coolest of cool kids turn green with envy may have to wait a while longer.
You Gotta See This!
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1/26/2016   3 comments
One can only imagine their sense of wonder if young kids could see these projected animations with their own eyes.
Mind-Blowing Special Effects
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1/25/2016   8 comments
When Max's dad was first exposed to modern special effects in movies, he came out of the cinema with his hair standing up on end.
Interesting Kickstarter: Electronic Hobby Projects Delivered to Your Door
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1/22/2016   3 comments
Imagine each month an orange box arriving at your door containing the components and instructions to build that month's electronic hobby project.
Mind-Bogglingly Stupid Rumors & Websites
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1/21/2016   56 comments
Are you aware of any websites that purport to tell the truth about something so outrageously stupid that it brings tears to your eyes?
Controlling IoT Devices with Mobile Platforms -- Creating Hierarchical Menus
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1/15/2016   Post a comment
"In which we discover how to create a hierarchical GUI to be displayed on a mobile platform, where this GUI can be used to control a Simblee-enabled device.
The Loss of Innocence Wisdom (Teeth)
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1/13/2016   33 comments
The medical profession has made tremendous strides with regard to anesthesiology in recent years.
UK Device Developers' Conference: Build Better Embedded Systems Faster
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1/11/2016   Post a comment
In which we discover how to optimize our ARM Cortex-M code and build better embedded systems faster.
What's Best -- A Time Machine or a Time Portal?
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1/8/2016   21 comments
On the one hand, it's nice to be able to relax in a comfy chair whilst travelling through time, but it's hard to ignore the convenience afforded by a time portal.
Best FPGA Tools on the iPad
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1/7/2016   6 comments
Do you have any experience with iPad apps for VHDL and Verilog editing and FPGA design and verification?
How Did It Get So Late So Soon?
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1/5/2016   26 comments
The back panel created by the Makerarm multifunction robotic arm for use on Max's Capriciously Cunning Chronograph makes people gasp with delight.
Caveman Christmas
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12/30/2015   Post a comment
In this holiday round-up, Max brings us up to date as to the current state of play with regard to his ongoing Caveman Diorama project.
Who Am I? What Will a DNA Test Reveal?
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12/22/2015   41 comments
What will a DNA test divulge about Max's ancestry? Does he have any Celtic, Roman, Anglo Saxon, Viking, European, African, Middle Eastern, or Pan-Asian blood flowing through his veins?
Introducing the IoHT (Internet of Heavier Things)
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12/17/2015   Post a comment
In the USA alone, there's around $6.8 trillion of fixed infrastructure and machinery that needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
Don’t Let I2C Pullup Resistors Bite You on the Bus!
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12/17/2015   15 comments
Sometimes you are so confident of your abilities that you let the simplest things fall through the cracks.
The Changing Map of Israel 3000 BCE to 2015 CE
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12/16/2015   1 comment
It's amazing to see the advance, ebb, and flow of civilizations as they surge back and forth across the landscape.
Creating IoT Devices & Controlling Them With Your Smartphone or Tablet
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12/15/2015   7 comments
The teeny-tiny Simblee module allows you to create 'things' for use with the Internet of Things, and to then monitor and control these little scamps using your smartphone or tablet.
MKR1000 Combines Functionality of Arduino Zero and Wi-Fi Shield
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12/10/2015   3 comments
The 1,000 people who submit the best project proposals to "The World's Largest Arduino Maker Challenge" will each win a newly-released MKR1000.
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