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Setting Sensible Standards for IoT

“The majority of meetings should be discussions that lead to decisions.” – Patrick Lencioni

Setting standards must be lonely work. You meet, you discuss, you weigh options, and you write up prescriptions. And then you wait, hoping the industry will follow your lead and take your advice. If they do, great. And if not? Well, there’s always another … Read More → "Setting Sensible Standards for IoT"

Loading Software on the Fly: AppStreamer

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  – George Santayana

I swear, people are trying their hardest to resurrect the 1970s. I thought the era of bell-bottom pants, 8-inch floppy disks, and bicycles with banana seats was nostalgia-proof. Yet here we are. First there was cloud computing, a throwback to the days of dumb … Read More → "Loading Software on the Fly: AppStreamer"

Ultimate Guide to Switch Debounce (Part 1)

They taught me a lot of things at university. Unfortunately, they neglected to mention the topic of switch bounce. If you are a practicing engineer working with electronic systems, you will almost certainly have run into this problem. If you are new to the field, you can be assured that the delights of switch bounce are lurking out there waiting for an opportunity to bid you … Read More → "Ultimate Guide to Switch Debounce (Part 1)"

The Originality Myth

Every engineer I’ve ever asked has said the same thing happens to them on a fairly regular basis. They’ll see an online announcement or presentation on some cool new application, piece of gear, or clever Kickstarter product and think (or say), “Hey, I thought of that several years ago.” It’s a frustrating feeling, that some throw-away thought you had in the shower four … Read More → "The Originality Myth"

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Embedded Display Applications Innovation with TI DLP® Pico™ Technology – Texas Instruments and Mouser   DLP technology can add a whole new dimension to your embedded design. If you considered DLP in the past, but were put off by the cost, you need to watch this episode of Chalk Talk where Amelia Dalton chats with Philippe Dollo of Texas Instruments about the DLP LightCrafter 2000 EVM. This new … Read More → "Embedded Display Applications Innovation with TI DLP® Pico™ Technology – Texas Instruments and Mouser"
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