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IFTT is making a simple form of object oriented programming accessible to “amateurs”, and bridging the “things” the make up the Internet of Things.
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The Digitization of Medicine

We read so much these days – including on this blog – about the Internet of Things and intelligent systems. Much of the focus is on “fun things”, liked the smart basketball we wrote about during March Madness (Smarter than the Average Basketball) or on consumer items, like the NEST Themostat. At Critical Link, we […]
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When the Information Superhighway was new

I don’t know about you, but most days I can use something to smile about. A couple of days ago, I came across an article on Gizmodo that includes a link to a Computer Chronicles episode from 1995 in which Stewart Cheifet explores the then-mysterious Information Superhighway. I’ll confess that I sat through the entire […]
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Smart Laptop Batteries Are Getting Smarter and Smarter

As I’m sure that all of you engineers out there know, your engineering prowess is very likely to earn you the job of tech support for your family.  In that role, I was recently called upon to come to the rescue of a family member who had managed to spill a glass of wine on […]
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The passing of Ray Dolby

Don’t know if you saw the news, but Ray Dolby, the electrical engineer who brought us surround sound, died a few weeks back. Because the write up on Dolby’s death by R. Pell in EDN was a bit more technical than others I saw, I’ll quote from it here: The Dolby system involved both an […]
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Coming up: more and more “intelligent systems”. (A bit of market research for you.)

As we work on our product roadmap, I’ve been doing some market research, and came across some especially interesting material from IDC – International Data Corporation, which provides market research in the tech space.  Basically, what they see is that the market for traditional embedded systems will be surpassed, and pretty much taken over by, […]
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Processing Primer

In a website section called Getting Started with TI Processors, TI has a good general overview piece, Getting to Know Processor Architectures. This is at a pretty high level, but it’s solid, and helps explain the different approaches. The drill down information, not surprisingly, covers TI-specific processors, but overall the information may help you decide which […]
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Embedded Medical Devices: “A hacker’s playground?”

If you watch the series Homeland, you’ll undoubtedly remember that, last season, the vice president of the United States was assassinated when the bad guys acquired the serial number of his pacemaker and caused it to malfunction. (I guess I should have put a spoiler alert in there, but I’m guessing that, if you’re a […]
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If You’re Around: TI Tech Days

We’ll be participating in some upcoming TI Tech Days, so if you’re going to be there, please swing by and say hello. We’ve done a number of these Tech Days, and our customers have been pretty positive about them. This is what TI says about these events: See the latest cutting-edge analog and digital technologies […]
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