May 24 – Day 5: Remote & Cloud Services, Directions & Products
Continuing Education Center 5/24/2013 171 comments We will look at cloud-based services and monitoring stations that customize automation, control, security, and energy management. Distant signaling techniques all have advantages and disadvantages, and these will be examined for POTS phone lines, smartphones, and Internet cloud-based monitoring and control. Again, architecture is key, and options such as direct control vs. procedural control will be looked at. We will take a look at cloud servers and reflectors that are available.
May 23 – Day 4: Detailed Look at Wireless Technology for Automation & Control
Continuing Education Center 5/23/2013 209 comments Wireless technology is, for the first time, cost-effectively tackling some of the tough issues that have always hindered the widespread deployment of effective automation technologies. We will look at some of the emerging wireless protocols and technologies that the ISM bands make feasible for low-cost use. Advantages, as well as disadvantages and vulnerabilities, will be discussed, along with cost issues and security, especially for life-critical services.
May 22 – Day 3: Architectures & Topologies for Automation & Control
Continuing Education Center 5/22/2013 197 comments We will take a more detailed look at architectural tradeoffs between central control and distributed control. The ability to manage all traffic, all conditions, and respond in a reasonable timeframe will be examined as well as functionality that may exist when a control point is not functioning. The ability of a distributed control network to share information concurrently for higher-level decisions will be looked at.
May 21 – Day 2: Architecture Overviews
Continuing Education Center 5/21/2013 205 comments We will discuss challenges that any technological solutions face. First and foremost is cost. If any technology is too expensive, it will not catch on, even if there is eventual payback and cost advantages. Other challenges include the ability to have a unified approach that addresses both new construction and existing buildings and structures. We will also look at how automation technology reacts in emergency situations.
May 20 – Day 1: Reasons, Benefits, Advantages & Disadvantages of Automation Technology
Continuing Education Center 5/20/2013 267 comments We will begin with an introduction to home/building automation: what is it, why do we need it, how does it work, and so on. We will discuss how any solution must be cost effective and even able to provide a payback. We will also discuss how automation technology can enhance safety, security, comfort, energy efficiency, and remote monitoring and control.
May 10 - DAY 5: Medical Data Storage
Continuing Education Center 5/10/2013 237 comments With the sensitivities of medical data storage and retrieval by unauthorized persons, regulations such as the US HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) require data encryption and retrieval controls. We will look at repositories such as Health Vault and some of the issues that may affect embedded systems developers and how these may be approached.
May 8 - DAY 3: Medical Device Communications, Part 1
Continuing Education Center 5/8/2013 194 comments Much is being said about the need for communications between medical instrumentation and the patient/consumer, as well as to caregivers. We will look at some of the major communication protocols and their implementation.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
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Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.