March 30, 2018

Enlightening Embedded Systems

You just got the job of your dreams, and you’re moving to your new city. You have a family, and you want to make sure you live in a good place. You care about air quality, temperature, and sound levels in your area. If you live in a big area, […]
March 24, 2018

Farms of the Future

The human race has come a long way agriculturally. We started out as simple hunter/gatherers, then we established basic farms, employed domesticated animals to aid in the raising of crops, and then replaced the animals with the farming equipment we’ve come to know today. The next step in perfecting the […]
March 19, 2018

Upcoming: Total-Body Virtual Reality

Virtual reality can be very immersive. When you’re “into” a game, it can be easy to forget that there’s things around you that you can’t see (and hopefully you don’t knock over a lamp)! There have been add-ons to VR systems such as the Sense Glove (a glove that allows […]
February 22, 2018

Innocuous Home Devices

Privacy is an important topic in the age of the internet. There are so many ways to find out personal information, it is hard to even know about them all. In an odd turn of events, your vacuum cleaner and activity tracker could be one of those privacy-leaking devices! As […]
January 19, 2018

Reduce Complexity for Better IoT Security

In my previous article (here), I discussed the problems with IoT devices designed with bigger, more costly and more power-hungry components that would be required to support a lifetime of over-the-air (OTA) updates to address the ever-changing security concerns. In this post, I discuss an alternative approach. Reduce the complexity […]
January 12, 2018

Challenges in Security Updates for IoT Devices

A few articles (here, here and here) have prompted me to ponder the question of viable security for IoT (Internet of Things) devices. We are all familiar with desktop computers, laptops, servers, and smartphones (which I’ll group as “computers” in this article), which require constant updating to accommodate an ever-increasing variety […]
December 12, 2017

Apple Watch detects health problems

In the 1960’s, the cartoon show “The Jetsons” predicted what they thought 2062 would look like. They predicted flying cars, commercial inter-planetary travel, and a two-hour work week. While we are waiting on all of that to still come into fruition, they did make one remarkably accurate prediction that we […]
November 17, 2017

Meet Clarke, The Garbage Robot

Plastic is a huge part of our daily lives. Our food is wrapped in it, we use it in our cars, and we even brush our teeth with it. While we would all like to help do our part, figuring out which bin to put your waste in can be […]
November 11, 2017

Google to build high-tech “digital city” in Toronto, Canada

Walt Disney’s Tomorrowland in Disneyland inspires people about technology’s progress. It shows inventions that make life easier, shows how to more quickly and safely move around, and educates us about the world around us. Soon there will be a new Tomorrowland in Toronto, Canada. The only difference is, this city […]
July 17, 2017

Embedded Systems Avert Potential Disasters

There are 1.3 million miles of natural gas pipelines in the United States. With so many miles of pipelines, there are bound to be plenty of leaks. Because it’s hard to detect them, some of these leaks may go unchecked for years. Environmentally, since methane (natural gas) is 84 times […]