A Serene Workspace for Board Evaluation and Writing

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 Elecronics engineer, entrepreneur, and author Jack Ganssle recently sent us information about his Finksburg, MD, workspace: I’m in a very rural area and I value the quietness and the view out of the window over my desk. However, there are … Continue reading

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A Shed Packed with Projects and EMF Test Equipment

The main workbench has a 4′-by-6′ center rack and parts storage units on the left and right. The main bench includes an OWON 25-MHz oscilloscope, storage drawers for lithium-ion (Li-on) batteries (center), voltage converter modules, various project modules on right, a Dremel drill press, and a PC monitor.

David Bellerose, a retired electronic equipment repairman for the New York State Thruway, has had a variety of careers that have honed the DIY skills he employs in his Lady Lake, FL, workspace. Bellerose has been a US Navy aviation … Continue reading

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Electronics Workspace: Pure Function, Minimal Form

This basement workspace reflects Steven's diverse projects and clients.

Engineering consultant Steve Hendrix of Sagamore Hills, OH, says the “corporate headquarters” of Hx Engineering, LLC, pictured below, “is pure function, minimal form, and barely fits.” It’s a home basement workspace that reflects a variety of projects and clients. “I … Continue reading

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A Workspace for Microwave Imaging, Small Radar Systems, and More

Photo 2: This is another view of the lab, where strong lighting and two oscilloscopes are the minimum requirements.

Gregory L. Charvat stays very busy as an author, a visiting research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, and the hardware team leader at the Butterfly Network, which brings together experts in computer science, physics, and … Continue reading

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A Workspace for “Engineering Magic”

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Sjoerd Brandsma, an R&D manager at CycloMedia, enjoys designing with cameras, GPS receivers, and transceivers. His creates his projects in a small workspace in Kerkwijk, The Netherlands (see Photo 1). He also designs in his garage, where he uses a … Continue reading

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A Quiet Place for Soldering and Software Design

Photo 3: This developing and programming space, with its three small computers, is called “the little Hydra.”

Senior software engineer Carlo Tauraso, of Trieste, Italy, has designed his home workspace to be “a distraction-free area where tools, manuals, and computer are at your fingertips.” Tauraso, who wrote his first Assembler code in the 1980s for the Sinclair … Continue reading

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A Personal Hackerspace in Lyon, France

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Jean Noël Lefebvre, of Lyon, France, is the inventor of the Ootsidebox touchless technology, an innovative interface that enables adding touchless technology to an existing tablet. (Watch the Elektor.LABS video interview with Lefebvre to find out more about Ootside box and … Continue reading

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Traveling With a “Portable Workspace”

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As a freelance engineer, Raul Alvarez spends a lot of time on the go. He says the last four or five years he has been traveling due to work and family reasons, therefore he never stays in one place long … Continue reading

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An Engineer Who Retires to the Garage

Jerry Brown sits at his workbench. The black box atop the workbench is an embedded controller and is part of a traffic monitoring system he has been working on.

Jerry Brown, of Camarillo, CA, retired from the aerospace industry five years ago but continues to consult and work on numerous projects at home. For example, he plans to submit an article to Circuit Cellar about a Microchip Technology PIC-based … Continue reading

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Ohio-Based “Design Dungeon”

Steve Lubbers describes his workbench as a “work in progress.”

“Steve Ciarcia had a ‘Circuit Cellar.’ I have a ‘Design Dungeon,’” Steve Lubbers says about his Dayton, OH-based workspace. “An understanding wife and a spare room in the house allocated a nice place for a workshop. Too bad the engineer … Continue reading

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An Organized Space for Programming, Writing, and Soldering

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Al Anderson’s den is the location for a variety of ongoing projects—from programming to writing to soldering. He uses several plastic bins to keep his equipment neatly organized. Anderson is the IT Director for Salish Kootenai College, a small tribal … Continue reading

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Innovation Space: A Workspace for Prototyping, Programming, and Writing

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RobotBASIC co-developer John Blankenship accomplishes a lot in his “cluttered” Vero Beach, FL-based workspace. He develops software, designs hardware, packages robot parts for sale, and write books and magazine articles. Thus, his workspace isn’t always neat and tidy, he explained. “The … Continue reading

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Workspace for Coding and Control System Development

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Not every engineer’s workspace includes a recliner and a Chihuahua—but this setup works for David Cass Tyler, a retired embedded systems engineer from Willard, NM. Tyler’s “work environment” enables him to “do things at his own pace.” Tyler explained his … Continue reading

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One Desk Serves Two Roles for Professor and Designer

Coulston can reconfigure his desk into the embedded workstation pictured here.

Chris Coulston, head of the Computer Science and Software Engineering department at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has a broad range of technical interests, including embedded systems, computer graphics algorithms, and sensor design. Since 2005, he has submitted five articles … Continue reading

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A Well-Lighted Basement Workspace

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Tom Kibalo, who has four decades of engineering experience with a number of companies in the Washington, D.C., area, has developed a wide range of interests—including microcontrollers, robotics, embedded programming, and wireless applications. It almost seems too much to fit … Continue reading

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