Butterfly IQ – Smartphone Connected Ultrasound Scanner

Traditional ultrasound scanners are rather expensive, and rarely do people own one to use at home. However, that may be about to change, as Butterfly IQ has now obtained FDA clearance for a portable ultrasound scanner that anyone can use by connecting to their smartphones. Connecticut-based Butterfly IQ has made an innovative ultrasound scanner that uses a semiconductor chip for generating the ultrasonic signals, rather than the piezoelectric crystal transducers that traditional ultrasound machines Read more [...]

Cloud Storage and Alternatives

Ordinarily, every computer has some local memory storage capacity. Apart from the Random Access Memory or RAM, computers have either a magnetic hard disk drive (HDD) or a solid-state disk (SSD) to store programs and data even when power is shut off—RAM cannot hold information without power. The disk drive primarily stores the Operating System that runs the computer, other application programs, and the data these programs generate. Typically, such memory is limited and tied to a specific computer, Read more [...]

What is a wireless router?

Most of the electronic gadgets we use today are wireless. When they have to connect to the Internet, they do so through a device called a router, which may be a wired or a wireless one. Although wired routers were very common a few years back, wireless routers have overtaken them. Routers, as their name suggests, direct a stream of data from one point to another or to multiple points. Usually, the source of data is the transmitting tower belonging to the broadband dealer. The connection from the Read more [...]

Blinkt! is Compatible with the Raspberry Pi

If you are interested in learning how to control RGB LEDs with the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) single board computer, Blinkt! provides a simple way to interface. Blinkt! is a strip of eight superbright RGB LED lights that you can connect to the RBPi without wires, so it is an easy way to start. Blinkt! Has a female connector that matches the male GPIO connector on the RBPi, and that allows the tiny LED board to sit atop the RBPi. The RBPi can individually control each of the eight APA102 RGB LEDs on the Read more [...]

Raspberry Pi Helps a Hexapod Robot Walk

Roland Pelayo has used the single board computer, the famous Raspberry Pi or RBPi to help a hexapod robot learn to walk. The RBPi allows the robot to run in an autonomous mode, so it walks without assistance, avoiding obstacles. Alternately, it can also operate in a manual mode, whereby a user with a smartphone can control the robot. Most interestingly, the hexapod walker follows the tripod gait, just as most six-legged insects do. Roland prefers to use servomotors to control the gait of the hexapod Read more [...]

Wash Your Solar Cells

To augment the energy supply, many are installing solar energy systems or residential solar panels. In general, these are flat units, placed at an angle on the rooftop. That naturally leads to the question of keeping them clean, which people equate to cleaning the roof itself. As this cleaning is usually left to the rainwaters, the next question comes as whether we should depend on the rains for cleaning the surface of the installed solar cells as well. Moreover, some also worry about whether water Read more [...]

What is Optane Memory?

Optane is a revolutionary class of memory from Intel creating a bridge between dynamic RAM and storage for delivering an intelligent and amazingly responsive computing experience. For instance, Intel claims an increase of 28% in overall system performance, 14 times faster hard drive access, and two times increase in responsiveness in everyday tasks. However, this revolution is not for everyone. It works only on the 7th generation Intel Core processor based systems that affordably maintain their Read more [...]

Why do you need a Good Grounding?

Grounding is a safety measure for electrical and electronic systems whereby the user is protected from accidentally coming in contact with electrical hazards. For instance, refrigerators at home usually stand on rubber feet, even when operating from the AC outlet. Although electricity enters the refrigerator and runs through most of the electrical components within it, it has no connection to the outer metal body. Rather, the outer metal body of the refrigerator connects independently to a green Read more [...]

Variables in Lead-Free Reflow for PCBs

Reflow ovens often show degrees of variability from profile to profile. This may depend on the distribution of components on the board, especially those that are slow heating, heat-sensitive, or of high mass. In general, reflow systems cannot generate one single reflow profile producing capable thermal results for all products. For instance, a large BGA package on the PCB may not allow more than five degrees of variation near the peak of the reflow profile curve. Therefore, even while the BGA Read more [...]

Storm Glass Lamp: Raspberry Pi Simulates a Storm

Several people have used the versatile single board computer, the Raspberry Pi or RBPi, as many types of educational devices. In fact, the original purpose of conceiving the RBPi was to use it as an educational instrument to further computer programming among children in schools. It has been serving this purpose excellently, and has managed to go even farther. For instance, the RBPi inspired someone to make a weather-simulation lamp for recreating the weather at any place in the world. The RBPi Read more [...]