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“Think Like a Hacker” Part 1: Mindset, Kill Chain, and More Andrew Plato
Hackers approach their work much differently than engineers; rather than taking a systematic approach, they take a kill chain approach to exploit system vulnerabilities. What goes on inside a hacker’s mind is entertainment, chaos, and extreme volatility, so bring some coffee, and let’s delve inside.

A Combo for Innovation: Open Source and Crowdfunding Bruce Byfield
In the last few years, open source and crowdfunding have become a joint force multiplier, leading to new product innovations and a deeper expansion of open source into business.

Three Modern Laws of Robotics for Our AI Driven Lives Robert Ostrout
We may not (yet) have robots walking our dogs, but robots are certainly making their way into our daily lives. With names like Alexa, Siri, and Cortana, robots are at our fingertips and are poised for even more advancements and applications in 2018. How do we prepare ourselves for this modern AI society? The answer: We must apply the three “modern” laws of robotics.

Introducing an MCU Guy to FPGA: Part 3 Mouser Staff
Recently I was given a project that required me to transition from MCU to FPGA development. In this four-part blog series, I examine how I translated my existing knowledge and experience with MCUs into FPGA development. In Part 2, I explored example code and discovered additional useful resources. Now in Part 3, I learned about OpenCV and simple data transferring from the FPGA to the MCU.

The Future Days of Our VR Past Robert Ostrout
Have you ever watched a really bad movie that you couldn't get out of your head? That’s what my first experience using virtual reality was like back in 1995. Rather than being teleported to a virtual reality, I was in a red and black stereoscopic plane struggling through a few games of Mario’s Tennis. Nintendo’s early virtual reality games didn't set the world on fire. They did, however, plant the seed of virtual reality into the mind of the public. Today’s virtual reality delivers on the promise—finally!

Introducing an MCU Guy to FPGA: Part 2 Mouser Staff
Recently I was given a project that would require me to transition from MCU to FPGA development. In this four-part blog series, I examine how I translated my existing knowledge and experiencing with MCUs into FPGA development. In Part 1, I examined some advantages and disadvantages of FPGAs, introduced the Terasic DE10 Nano development kit, and explored a few key FPGA planning considerations. Now in Part 2, I explore example code and discover additional useful resources.

Introducing an MCU Guy To FPGA: Part 1 Mouser Staff
Recently I was given a project that would require me to make the transition from MCU to FPGA development, which requires a move into the bigger and more capable ARM cortex outside of the safety and ease of the mBed environment. In this four-part blog series, I’ll examine how to translate my existing knowledge and experiencing with MCUs into FPGA development. In Part 1, we’ll begin with some advantages and disadvantages of FPGAs, introduce you to the Terasic DE10 Nano development kit, and look at a few key FPGA planning considerations.

Precession: The Spinning Gyroscope Rudy Ramos
While on a recent trip, I noticed that my phone was having problems navigating and keeping me on course. The phone’s display kept pointing in the wrong direction, and the problem did not seem to be with Google Maps or acquiring a good global positioning system (GPS) signal. Instead, the problem seemed to be with the phone’s gyroscope.

Arm TechCon: Securing the IoT is the Call to Action Mouser Staff
Grant Imahara and electronics product experts from Mouser Electronics were at Arm TechCon 2017 to demonstrate how Arm-based products and technologies are shaping smarter cities. This year’s Arm TechCon featured embedded security as the overarching theme in keynotes, presentations, and exhibit floor time.

The Annual Smartphone Upgrade: A Ballet Jack Johnson
Exchanging your old technology can feel like a choreographed dance routine. Are we in the audience—or active participants?

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