by Matthew Cipolla | 7:57 am

How Do You Go About Embedded Programming?

Embedded development is vast and huge. In fact, it is a whole subject in itself and cannot be confined to a simple blog. However, when people want to get started with it, their goal is either to make their software work and affect physical things. Or their goal is that they want to learn what is happening and what is at the core, as well as how it is being run.

If you just want to make software which will affect physical things, you can try a number of hobbyist sites and platforms which are available. Some of them are Particle, Raspberry Pi and more. There are various communities which you can be part of and learn from them too.

However, if you want to get into the nitty gritties, you need to know C. You also need to have an understanding of current, voltage, power, ohms law, resistance and other such factors. You also would need a digital multimeter, a soldering iron, a JTAG adapter or a debugger for hardware in order to get you started.

Then you need a microcontroller so that the programs can be run as well as a compiler which will allow you to compile these programs for the microcontroller. You would need tools to load the programs on the hardware as well and also tools to debug these programs.

The components will then need to be picked, and they would need to be put together. You can use a Mouser, Digikey or Adafruit as well as Sparkfun. When the components are found, you will need to work with their datasheets. These are their manuals, and you need to know what will work for you best.

Datasheets are the main core of embedded programming, and you should know how to read the datasheet before you can progress in the world of embedded programming.

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by Matthew Cipolla | 8:02 am

What Do You Know Of Embedded Systems?

Embedded systems are often overlooked in the world of electronics even though these are probably some of the most important components. These embedded systems actually help us run our lives. These are not as general purpose computers, even though people often confuse the two.

An embedded system is a combination of software and hardware, and it is either programmable or non-programmable. For example – cameras, washing machines, industrial machines, tablets, mobile phones, etc. The reason for their name is due to the fact that they are not a device in themselves but are part of a larger device, and these have specific functions.

There are microprocessors as well as microcontrollers as well as digital signal processors which are part of this.

The characteristics are that these systems are task specific. Some of them have various time constraints in mind, and these could come with a user interface, though having one is not necessary. There are yet others that have a minimal user interface.

These systems are reactive, and they only function when they interact with external stimuli or depend on inputs by some other system. They, however, are very efficient. They also are frugal as they are part of some other device and so they need not to consume too much power or even be too expensive. These are very stable and are made to work for long periods of time without problems.
There are different categories of these devices. There are standalone ones which are self-sufficient. These devices do not need a host system and nor do they need a computer in order to function. The real-time systems are those which give an output within a specific time period. There are also networked ones which are connected to a network like the home security system. There are also mobile ones which are used for mobile communications.

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by Matthew Cipolla | 8:48 am

The Big Fuss Over Big Data

Big data the word itself is scary. Big data, however, is the same data which was always used and referred to, but now it is gaining more impetus and importance. It is powerful, and it provides insights as well as value to the business. This big data is powerful, but it is controllable. It provides value and insight to the business.

Big data is defined in various ways. It is a collection of data from various digital and traditional sources from inside as well as outside the company. Using this data, various kinds of analysis, as well as discoveries, are made.

Big data is a mixture of data. The main categorizations are that the data is multi structured and unstructured. The unstructured data sources are not easily interpreted using data models or traditional databases. This consists of social media posts, tweets, etc. and this is gaining a lot of importance and growing.

There is multi-structured data which has different types and formats of the data based on the interactions of people as well as machines. This has visual images as well as text and also transactional information.

When speaking of big data the main factors to be considered are volume or the amount of the data that there is, the velocity or the speed at which this data is generated and flows, the variety or the various kinds of data, the veracity or accuracy of the data and the value of the data or how important it is.

Big data is used in a variety of fashions, to resolve problems, to improve engagement with customers and other such reasons. However, it is important in order not to be left behind by the competition and to emerge as a world leader that this big data should be embraced and used as a very efficient and effective tool.

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by Matthew Cipolla | 8:50 am

What Are The Ways Big Data Is Likely To Move?

Big data is the new buzzword all over. This big data refers to huge volumes of data which are used for analytics, decision making and finding out trends. Here are some ways in which big data will probably move and the trends that are taking over in the field of Big data.

Hadoop: This definitely is synonymous with Big Data, but at the same time this is difficult to master. The resultant effect is that in spite or maybe due to Hadoop, some big projects did not do well in the past. However, now this is performing well both on the streaming side as well as the batch processing side and so this is much better and usable as well as clearer to the users.

The Cloud: There are various analytics as well as data intelligence that can be done in the cloud. This provides a solution that is cheaper and also it is used for small businesses who otherwise would not have been able to handle such big data projects. These solutions on the cloud are not only scalable but economical as well so based on the volume these can be scaled up or down with ease.

A data lake can be created for storing data in the native format and using it when you need to, in the way you need to. This acts as a repository for the data, and you can gather a lot of intelligence from this later on.

Predictive Analytics: This is used to determine the future behavior of customers. This is used for not only financial planning, business intelligence but also operational intelligence as well.

The Internet of Anything gets data from various sources such as sensors, geolocation, server logs, mobile services, so on and so forth.

These are just some trends in big data.

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by Matthew Cipolla | 8:53 am

Future Tech: Revolutionizing The World We Know

There are various things that will revolutionize the world as we know it. Some of them are:
NASA Drones: NASA drones will work inside space stations and will have cameras which will maneuver their way inside the space station.

Trains will be able to hurtle at the speed of jet airlines. It is said that the passengers will be able to travel at even 760 mph using vacuum tubes which will be propelled by induction motors and compressed air.

The coffee industry generates over 200,000 tons of waste, and therefore, bio-bean is working on a technology where 85% of this waste can be turned into biofuel for heating of buildings as well as for powering of transport.

Forest fires would be detected by drones, and that would direct loud noises. As noise consists of pressure waves, this will be used to disrupt the air which is around the fire and therefore the oxygen supply will be cut off and the fire would die out.

Artificial intelligence is used for solving various complex scenarios which are unable to be solved by humans. The way this works is that the AI works on these abstract theories independently.
Space balloons will likely be used to send tourists to the stratosphere where they can see the curvature of the earth.

Alcohol levels will be monitored by scanning the blood which is on the finger tips which are on the steering wheel and incase the levels are too high, the wheels will be immobilized.

There is permission being awaited by Elon Musk who wants to send 4000 satellites to the Earth’s orbit so that high-speed wireless signals can be beamed to everyone. This is something which Richard Branson also is interested in doing.

Robots will have personalities and the owners can choose one which matches their needs or which is modeled on a fictional character or real person.

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by Matthew Cipolla | 8:59 am

Go Green In The Future!

The reliance that we have on fossil fuel will need to be reduced as this is fast depleting and so there are various alternative more efficient sources of fuel being developed.

Solar roof tiles are amazing ways of saving on utility bills and these look like typical roof tiling. They come in different shapes and colors too and are used for generation of electricity. These also have better insulation and last longer and cost lesser than the conventional roofs.

The smartflower provides enough electricity to power a home which is well insulated and well designed. This is not only portable but it protects itself in storms, and it cleans itself. This provides electricity to undeveloped areas.

There are living buildings which work as alternatives to solar panel roofs. This is not only aesthetically pleasing, and the walls, as well as the roof gardens, have a huge amount of benefits. These absorb carbon dioxide, heat as well as rainwater. These are also good for insulation as well.
There is vertical farming which is not only environmentally friendly but also decreases the use of fuel as there is no need for tractors and this also decreases the water usage and also pesticides too.

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