Education: BS, Electrical Engineering (City College, NY), and MS Electrical Engineering (University of Maryland)
Occupation: Tom is Principal Engineer of a large defense firm and CEO of KibaCorp, which he says is “dedicated to innovative educational technologies for the hobbyist, student, and practicing engineer.” He is also an adjunct faculty member at a local community college.
Member Status: Tom has been a subscriber for more than eight years.
Technical Interests: He is interested in robotics, embedded programming, microcontrollers, wireless applications, and engineering education.
Most Recent Embedded Tech-Related Acquisition: Tom’s most recent purchase was a Raspberry Pi with direct GPIO connections.
Current Projects: He is working on a battery-powered Wi-Fi sensor network that uses low-power Microchip Technology PIC32 components. (His project is shown in the photo.)
Thoughts on the Future of Embedded Technology: Tom thinks these are “exciting times where system-on-a-chip (SoC) technologies are extending the domain of embedded applications with Linux OS and a large base of language libraries.”
Member Status: John has been a subscriber since 2002.
Technical Interests: His interests include user interfaces for embedded systems, field-programmable gate array (FPGA) development, and embedded Internet development.
Most Recent Embedded Tech-Related Purchase: John recently purchased a power supply for one of his designs.
Current Projects: He is currently working on a custom light controller for strings of progammable LED lights.
Thoughts on the Future of Embedded Technology: John feels that smartphones have raised everybody’s expectations for how we interact with everyday things (e.g., cars, appliances, household control, etc.). “Either the phone becomes the interface (via the network) or the gadgets need touchscreen displays,” John said.
Education: MS in Chemistry, Moscow State University, PhD in Genetics and Bioinformatics, University of Cologne, Germany
Occupation: Research scientist
Member Status: He has been a subscriber for a year.
Technical Interests: Alex is interested in low-level hardware programming and high-voltage electronics, including vacuum tubes.
Most Recent Embedded Tech-Related Acquisition: He recently received a single-board fanless PC with a solid-state hard drive as a gift.
Current Projects: Alex is further developing the NakedCPU platform he wrote about in his two-part article series, “The NakedCPU,” (Circuit Cellar 259–260, 2012).
Thoughts on the Future of Embedded Technology: Alex says he’s worried that embedded solutions are becoming less transparent. He remembers working with one system that had several DVDs of examples and libraries but it didn’t have a comprehensive guide to the system’s architecture. “As a researcher and someone who wants to get to the bottom of things, such a situation is frustrating. This is certainly my personal researcher’s view. I am not commenting on the application side of increasingly complicated embedded systems.”