Art Critic: "I just love the busyness and confusion in this composition: it's such a metaphor for the hectic and frenetic nature of modern city life and our endless wanderings between buildings trying to put some order into our lives...."
Ernie got confused. Instead of sending the CAD files of the artwork for the new display board to the PCB fab house, he displayed the CAD files as artwork at the Fab House Art Gallery in PCB (Panama City Beach).
Now this pattern from the walls of the Grotte Chauvet in France is about 32,000 years old and clearly indicates that early Europeans engaged in primitive PCB design prior to the advent of computer simulation.
"The juxtaposition of the thru-hole resistors with the surface mount TSOP packages symbolizes the speed of technological progress. This metaphor is in tension with the delay line which is crying out, 'Slow Down! Slow Down' ..."
This is an early prototype, some might say "Take 1" of what later was called the Thablet, a handheld gizmo with a colossal screen which combined phone features with home theater capability. The fan which cooled the processor also served as a hot-air popcorn popper.
"Right, Ladies and Gentlemen, what am I bid for this fine example of late 20th century electronic art? Remember this is from the days before 3D Photonic ICs, there's not many boards around like this any more! What am I bid??"
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.