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Teaching Alexa to Ignore Your TV

“The medium is the message” – Marshall McLuhan

Distinguishing between a live human speaking and a recorded version of the same person is trickier than it sounds, and it has a lot of developers scrambling for solutions. Amazon’s Alexa team, for one, has published some of its research results along with some ideas for improvement. The techniques range from the simple to … Read More → "Teaching Alexa to Ignore Your TV"

Don’t Trust the Robot Driving Your Car

“It feels good when it stops.”

It’s beyond dispute that cars are safer than ever before. Some of that is due to basic physics – cars have thicker doors, tougher roofs, shatterproof glass, bigger bumpers, and so on – and some is due to electronics. We now have cars with automatic cruise control, automatic distance-keeping, and limited automatic piloting. </ … Read More → "Don’t Trust the Robot Driving Your Car"

The Old Man and the C Debugger

“Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.” – Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four

Three engineers are sitting in a rowboat. None of them has any nautical experience or navigational instruments.

As hope for rescue fades, and with no other ships in sight, they pass the time discussing their careers (as … Read More → "The Old Man and the C Debugger"

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Infrared Array Sensor Grid-EYE — Mouser Electronics and Panasonic  Presence detection can be a tricky task when designing IoT edge devices. There are countless applications where we need to know whether or not people are around, but we don’t want anything like the enormous cost and overhead of a full-blown video analytics subsystem, and many of the “simple” solutions just don’t perform well … Read More → "Infrared Array Sensor Grid-EYE — Mouser Electronics and Panasonic"
Powering the Future: Always Aware SIMO PMICs — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics  Power management for today’s small form-factor, cost-constrained, power-constrained devices can be a daunting design challenge. Balancing BOM cost, PCB area, and flexibility against other design parameters can be a headache for engineering teams. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Karthi Gopalan, Cary Delano and Gaurav Mital from Maxim Integrated about … Read More → "Powering the Future: Always Aware SIMO PMICs — Maxim Integrated and Mouser Electronics"
ST-Teseo LIV3F GNSS Module for IoT Positioning — STMicroelectronics and Mouser Electronics   Many IoT designs these days need location capabilities. While GPS alone was great in the old days, a modern design should be compatible with other satellite constellations as well for maximum performance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mike Slade of STMicroelectronics about the Teseo-LIV3F Module which can make … Read More → "ST-Teseo LIV3F GNSS Module for IoT Positioning — STMicroelectronics and Mouser Electronics"
RedExpert — Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics  Choosing the right passive for your design can be a maddening voyage through datasheets, internet searches, and endless matching and comparing of component specs. Finding just the right inductor or capacitor often becomes an exercise in drudgery. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hebberly Ahatlan of Wurth Electronics about RedExpert … Read More → "RedExpert — Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics"
Building Application Designs with Pressure Sensors — Honeywell and Mouser Electronics   Today’s IoT designs require a large variety of sensors, and finding the correct one can be a daunting challenge. Choosing wisely could affect just about every aspect of your project, from BOM cost to performance in the field.  In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats in depth with Clint Briscoe of … Read More → "Building Application Designs with Pressure Sensors — Honeywell and Mouser Electronics"
Accelerating a Smart and Connected World — Intel and Mouser Electronics   With the rapid pace of change in IoT designs these days, the flexibility, power efficiency, and low latency of FPGAs can be major advantages. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Schulte of Intel about applying FPGA technology to IoT systems. Click here for more information about Intel® FPGAs (formerly … Read More → "Accelerating a Smart and Connected World — Intel and Mouser Electronics"