Got Problematic Little Bits? (EE Tip #142)

Source: Raymond Vermeulen (Elektor, October 2011)

While testing a project, something strange happened (see the nearby image). The terminal showed nonsense, but the logic analyzer properly displayed “Elektor” in ASCII. The latter also indicated that the UART was operating at 4800 baud instead of the 19200 … Continue reading

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How to Protect Electronic Systems

Metallic shield (Source: Robert Lacoste)

Engineers must protect their electronic systems. Thus, we frequently get requests for tips, tricks, and insight on the topic. For instance, a UK-based community member recently requested some insight into electronics protection and bullet proofing. We provided him with the content … Continue reading

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Self-Reconfiguring Robotic Systems & M-Blocks

Source: Kyle Gilpin

Self-reconfiguring robots are no longer science fiction. Researchers at MIT are rapidly innovating shape-shifting robotic systems. In the August 2014 issue of Circuit Cellar, MIT researcher Kyle Gilpin presents M-Blocks, which are 50-mm cubic modules capable of controlled self-reconfiguration. The … Continue reading

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Data Communication Between “Smart” Pendants

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As head of the Computer Science and Software  Engineering department at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Chris Coulston is busy. But not too busy to surf the ‘Net for design inspiration. And one of his latest projects may earn … Continue reading

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New PIC32 Bluetooth Starter Kit

PIC32 Bluetooth Starter Kit (Source: Microchip Technology)

Microchip Technology recently announced the new PIC32 Bluetooth Starter Kit, which is intended for low-cost applications such as a Bluetooth thermostat, wireless diagnostic tools, and Bluetooth GPS receivers. According to Microchip, the kit includes “a PIC32 microcontroller, HCI-based Bluetooth radio, Cree high-output … Continue reading

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