Any product that can help simplify debugging and writing of code is important today. Sensor-based applications are calling on engineers of all backgrounds to write and debug. A lot of the engineers don't have extensive software background and many have mechanical engineering educations. The more the Atmels of the world can streamline this process, the better.
It's cool Jon that even very high-tech electronics have USB connectivity. To me, this represents an important way to make all of our media connectible. It's one thing the electroncis community has done well. Straying a bit from the point, I think there needs to be much more effort to develop standard protocols for consumer electroncis products. My biggest pet pieve is the fact that whenever I have to replace a cell phone, I have to get a new type of cable to charge the battery. I have a drawer full of them hoping some day I can re-use one.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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