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  • 3D printing explained, and how it will rock the world

    3D printing explained, and how it will rock the world

    3D printing is not just one process. "3D printing" and "additive manufacturing" are umbrella terms for many different technologies and processes. Each...

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  • IoT continues momentum as new integration in MCUs emerges

    Wireless connectivity is a big driver in the world of IoT. Combining wireless protocols with compute power, power management, and sensor technologies...

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  • A quick tool for design ideas to hardware

    Makers, electronics hobbyists, and professional design engineers always have ideas, and I'm sure all of you have at least one sketched out on a piece...

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  • Low-cost embedded development kits accelerate design cycles

    Increasing time-to-market pressures have led to the availability of full-featured microcontrollers, sometimes called system-on-chip (SoC) processors....

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  • A history of development kits and community support

    Back as a fresh-faced 18-year-old in his first days in the embedded industry, I quickly learnt students and hobbyists were considered little more than...

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  • Fostering communities around development kits

    One element that makes the maker/development board space great is the communities. There is always someone who can help you with an issue, a plethora...

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  • Software is key differentiator for IoT dev kits

    Off-the-shelf development kits have become a keystone for many Internet of Things (IoT) developers, as their integrated hardware, software, and connec...

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  • Robotics competition teaches the skills and mindset to be a great engineer

    Robotics competition teaches the skills and mindset to be a great engineer

    Robots are a fun way to introduce practical, hands-on engineering with visible results that keep budding engineers coming back for more. And with the...

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  • Leveraging the (free) power of Windows 10 for the IoT on the Raspberry Pi 2 and other development kit platforms

    Inexpensive development kits and free/open source software and tools are making project development cheaper and easier than ever. The low-cost dev kit...

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  • Open source hardware and software key to unlocking IoT development

    It's so simple, really. What we all want is to build something that solves a problem in the best way we can. And we want it fast. And cheap. But it's...

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  • The advantages and disadvantages of using commodity ARM evaluation platforms in production

    The advantages and disadvantages of using commodity ARM evaluation platforms in production

    Most of us in the ARM embedded world are familiar with names like Raspberry PI, BeagleBone, Xplained, etc. These boards, as well as a whole host of ot...

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  • Creating a killer audio product in a day

    Creating a killer audio product in a day

    The idea of delivering an audio product from start to finish in one day may seem ambitious, but that's what the Audio Engineering Society (AES) set ou...

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  • Floored: NXP FTF 2016

    Floored: NXP FTF 2016

    Slide show -- This was my first time attending FTF, which incidentally was also the first FTF since the NXP/Freescale merger. To be honest, it was one...

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  • An education at the intersection of IoT and embedded

    Embedded TechCon moves to Austin this year on June 7th and 8th, and, just like last year, the program consists of 20 hands-on classes that are designe...

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  • An IoT development kit comparison

    An IoT development kit comparison

    Over the past couple of years, I have routinely hinted at the rise of development kits, the Internet of Things (IoT), and how the two go hand in hand....

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  • D2O development boards add popular industry architectures to portfolio

    We're inundated with development boards. Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining. I think that's a great thing for our industry. The easier the manuf...

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  • Raspberry Pi Zero: The smallest, cheapest, fastest selling Pi yet

    Raspberry Pi Zero: The smallest, cheapest, fastest selling Pi yet

    While I was out for Thanksgiving and in a turkey coma, a new Raspberry Pi dev board was released, put on sale, and quickly sold out in less than 24 ho...

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  • Go from design through cloud deployment on one platform for your IoT devices

    This past weekend, I attended the Maker Faire in New York City. Like last year, it was an eye-opening experience, one that got me excited about buildi...

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  • Engineering and making are virtues, not crimes

    Irvine, Texas high school freshman Ahmed Mohamed started his week with dreams of becoming an engineer and a passion for robotics, tinkering, and makin...

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  • Yup, these folks are all engineers

    Slide show -- Every once in a while you come across lists like this one, dubbed as a "did you know?" For my list, I compiled a group of famous people...

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