Engineering and Science for America’s Youth

President Obama today addressed the National Academy of Sciences and made a quote that harkened back to his book “The Audacity of Hope” where he wished the world had more engineers and less lawyers (which is a bit ironic coming from someone who was the president of the Harvard Law Review). He challenged the members…

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Making Technology Investment Decisions

There are five variables I consider when analyzing the “health” of technology companies and their products. These are requirements maturity, technology maturity, acquisition strategy, logistics supportability plans, project and technical management maturity. Requirements Maturity: How well defined is the problem we are trying to solve? Did they spend the time doing market research, trade studies,…

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Recessions can be Opportunities in Disguise

Recessions can be good thing, if we seize the opportunities to improve. When we are forced to tighten our belts, economically speaking, we are forced to be innovative. We can throw out the status quo and 20th century business models in favor of tools and businesses built for the iPhone world. And to those who…

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Microcontrollers 101

I am putting together some slides for a talk on microcontrollers later this year and would like to get feedback from anyone who is knowledgeable in this area to provide feedback, comments, thoughts, suggestions. The talk will use the Arduino platform as an example. I am also trying to teach some basics of electronics, electrical…

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Memristor: The Path to True AI?

So I’ve been reading anything I can get my hands on about the newly invented memristor. You can read more about the history and general concept over here. The basic idea is this, the memristor is the fourth basic circuit element (the resistor, capacitor, and inductor are the other three) that has been speculated to…

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Review: X10 Home Automation with Arduino

Thanks for making this article a success, we we re recognized on MAKE Magazine’s website!  UPDATE 12/2010:  If you are curious on how to receive X10 commands with Arduino, check out this update.  Recommend reading and understanding this article first then jumping over to the update.My current project revolves around using the Arduino and the…

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Review: SparkFun DAC Breakout Board Tutorial

I’ve been tinkering with SparkFun’s MCP4725 I2C Digital to Analog converter or DAC. Buy yours here. I have been reading about the I2C or Two-Wire protocol but this is the first time I’ve used it. I did not see a useful tutorial out there for this breakout board (aka BoB) so I decided to throw…

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The World Is Flat

I am in the middle of reading a terrific book called by Thomas Friedman called “The World is Flat”. Back in college I had to read another book of his called the “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” for a political science course. I should clarify at this point, I am actually listening to the…

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Shift Happens

I saw this incredible video in my grad class last night and had to share. It reinforces my believe we are grossly under prepared for life in the 21st century in this world. The longer we fight to keep things they way they were, and not focusing on how best to use technology to our…

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