Dual-core micros are expanding their reach into the consumer world, helping in the transition to high-definition TV and digital movies. Silicon Imaging deployed Intel's Core2 Duo in its SI-2K high-definition video camera. A control system developed by MEN Micro Inc. lets Silicon Imaging trim its price by 40 percent over competitors while also permitting upgrades because of its modular architecture. The professional-grade camera, with a base price of $17,500, shoots raw footage directly to disk at either 1,920 x 1,080p high definition or 2,048 x 1,152 cinema resolutions. That makes it easier to edit on the fly even in remote areas, reducing the number of takes. It acquires data at 100 Mbytes/sec and plays it at 1 Gbyte/sec.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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