Those who enjoy radio but don't like listening to advertisements might want to look at a unit from PopCatcher, a Swedish audio designer. Its FM radio system turns radio broadcasts into MP3s, leaving out talk and advertising. The self-learning PopCatcher software separates music from DJ conversation and commercials, automatically saving songs as separate music tracks. Those tracks are recorded at 192 kbyte/sec and stored in internal memory or a USB-connected MP3 player. The radio/recorder uses a Blackfin processor from Analog Devices for both DSP audio processing and control, eliminating the need for a separate device.
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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