Engineering, Consulting, & Nonstop Innovation

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Engineer and author Robert Lacoste has been designing and innovating for more than two decades. Fortunately for us, Robert is also an excellent writer who regularly publishes Circuit Cellar articles on the “dark” and difficult side of engineering. Over the … Continue reading






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Buying Electronics at Lamington Road, Mumbai

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Want to see what it’s like buying electronics (e.g., Arduino, displays, and general components) in Mumbai? Circuit Cellar correspondent and videographer Wisse Hettinga joins engineer Nishant Mittal on a tour of Lamington Road, Mumbai, India. This street is famous for the … Continue reading






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Industry 4.0: The Industrial IoT and the Future

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere. Industry 4.0 is becoming serious and many companies develop hardware and software solutions. Relayr is a company with an interesting focus on the IoT and bringing industry to the cloud. Wissa Hettinga interviewed … Continue reading






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Brain Control: An Interview with Dr. Max Ortiz Catalan

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Dr. Max Ortiz Catalan is Research Director at Integrum AB, a medical device company based in Molndal, Sweden. Wisse Hettinga recently interviewed him about his work in the field of prosthetic design and biomedical systems. As an electrical engineer, your … Continue reading






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Mitch Altman—Maker, Hacker, Traveler

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Mitch Altman is an inventor (TV-B-Gone), hacker and traveler whose ideas will inspire many of us to join a hackerspace and get creative with the design community. Circuit Cellar recently met up with Altman at FabLab Berlin, Germany. Altman talks about … Continue reading






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21st-Century Electronics Craftsman: Meet Saar Drimer

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Saar Drimer (PhD, Cambridge) runs Boldport, a London-based hardware and prototyping consultancy that specializes in circuit boards. Wisse Hettinga recently met with Drimer to discuss PCB design, electronics craftsmanship, and his various engineering projects. Hettinga writes: The Art of Electronics … Continue reading






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Innovative Product Design: An Interview with Rich Legrand

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Rich Legrand founded Charmed Labs in 2002 to develop and sell innovative robotics-related designs, including the Xport Robot Kit, the Qwerk robot controller, the GigaPan robotic camera mount, and the Pixy vision sensor. He recently told us about his background, … Continue reading






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Innovations in Mobile Robotics: An Interview with Nick Kohut

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Nick Kohut and a lab mate turned their academic interest in mobile robotics into an exciting business—Dash Robotics, which sells a small, insect-like running robot that you can control with a smartphone. We recently asked Nick about advances in running … Continue reading






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Q&A: Innovations in Wearables and Virtual Reality

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New developments in wearable technology, virtual reality, and augment reality research are poised to change everything from healthcare to gaming. We recently asked Professor Bruce Thomas to tell us about the research in these areas taking place at the Wearable … Continue reading






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Engineering “Moonshot” Projects

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In 2009, Andrew Meyer, an MIT-trained engineer and entrepreneur, co-founded LeafLabs, a Cambridge, MA-based R&D firm that designs “powerful physical computing devices for control and communication among smart machines (including humans).” We recently asked Andrew to tell us about his … Continue reading






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The Internet of Things: A Very Disruptive Force

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We met with Geoff Lees (Senior Vice President & General Manager of Microcontrollers, Freescale) at the 2015 Embedded World Show in Nuremberg, Germany. We asked him about the Internet of Things, the big changes on the embedded systems horizon, and … Continue reading






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Advances in Haptics Research

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Katherine J. Kuchenbecker is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in Computer and Information Science. She directs the Penn Haptics Group, which is part of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing, and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory. … Continue reading






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Application Engineering: An Interview with Carmen Parisi

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Carmen Parisi is an applications engineer who co-hosts an engineering podcast in his spare time. In this interview, he describes his work, shares some engineering tips, and  tells us about a fun prank he played on an unsuspecting designer. CIRCUIT … Continue reading






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DIY Interactive Robots: An Interview with Erin Kennedy

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Erin “RobotGrrl” Kennedy designs award-winning robots. Her RoboBrrd DIY robot-building kit successfully launched in 2012 and was featured in IEEE Spectrum, Forbes, Wired, and on the Discovery Channel. Erin was recognized as  one of the 20 Intel Emerging Young Entrepreneurs. … Continue reading






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Robotics & Intelligent Gaming

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When Alessandro Giacomel discovered Arduino in 2009, he quickly became hooked. Since then, he’s been designing “little robots” around Ardunio and blogging about his work and findings. In this interview, Alessandro tells us about his most interesting projects and shares … Continue reading






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