For many owners of iPods and other MP3 players, collecting accessories is almost as much fun as listening to music.
Griffin Technology is making the most of this obsession with products like the iFM, which provides a radio and remote for the iPod. Users can control the iPod remotely or switch to FM radio. Microchip Technology Inc.'s PIC microcontroller provides control to the display and user interface, as well as communication with the iPOD. Griffin's iFM weighs only 0.6 oz.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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