Robotics Update From The Playing Field


For those competitive folks out there – which is probably everyone – here is an update on the eSilicon-sponsored robot I spoke of last month. I’m happy to report that our team finished fourth in a field of 24. As of now, they have a good chance of making it to the state-level competition. On top of an already outstanding weekend, our team won the Industrial Safety Award last weekend as we... » read more

DAC Finds A New Voice


DAC stands for Design Automation Conference. Everyone: please stop saying “the DAC conference”. This may not be as widespread as folks calling an automated teller machine an ATM machine, although it’s still odd. But I digress… This year, the 53rd DAC will be held in Austin, Texas starting June 5. I’ve been going to DAC for more years than I will ever put in writing. I’ve seen so... » read more

Science Fair — Redefined


Being a geek at heart from an early age, I recall entering many science fair competitions while growing up in New York. Once, I made it to the citywide finals with a model of how chain reactions happen using ball bearings. My illustrious invention career also included a seismograph, an electric arc light and a working DC motor. None of those made the cut, but they were fun to build. I’m sure ... » read more

Incredible Ideas In Unusual Places


IoT, IoE, The Connected World, ARM-based anything. OK, I’ve gotten some buzz terms out of the way, and probably improved search engine optimization (SEO) for this post quite a bit. The point is, all of these buzz terms hold promise for the Next Big Thing. That new, killer app that will create new markets, new ecosystems, and generally fantastic wealth for those who get there early. There are ... » read more