Engineering

5 Reasons Your Company Needs an Item Master

Business success in a hardware world is centered around the concept of a part. You track inventory by part. You organize your bill of materials (BOM) by part. You track assembly…

2019.8.19 · 5 Minute Read

Dimming AC Lights With a Micro Controller Part 2

No matter how much you research and design a circuit board, sometimes things still go wrong. And nine times out of ten, it’s due to human error. In part two of Dimming AC lights…

2019.3.14 · 7 Minute Read

The Steps to a Successful Product

I was stressed out. The startup I was working for just closed its doors. Having a family to take care of, I was on edge. I had a tightness in my chest that didn’t quite go away.…

2019.1.27 · 7 Minute Read

Dimming AC Lights With a Micro-controller

In this post I’m going to talk about how to control AC circuits from a DC powered device. You can go crazy when it comes to this stuff. So my main goal was to keep it simple. Be…

2019.1.10 · 10 Minute Read

How to Optimize Your Bluetooth Device Battery Life

If your product isn’t lasting as long as you want to, it may be time to do a current profile on your product and see where you can optimize power. This is a must for battery…

2018.11.1 · 7 Minute Read

Prototype Electronics With Wire Wrap

Wire wrapping one of my favorite prototyping techniques. Used previously for making the interconnections between integrated circuits on motherboards in the 60’s and 70’s it has…

2018.5.24 · 2 Minute Read

Connectivity in an Iot World Long Range Part 2

In my previous article, I went into detail about the short range possibilities for connecting a device to the outside world. But sometimes you need to go the distance; and when I’m…

2017.6.19 · 9 Minute Read

Connectivity in an Iot World Short Range Part 1

It’s been a while since i’ve played with Bluetooth and I’ve been researching every connectivity technology that exists to create a IoT. After some laborious searching reading and…

2017.6.12 · 4 Minute Read

What's Cool in Hardware - May 2017

Over my past few posts there has been a common theme of “using things that already exist.” This stems from a mindset of building things from scratch whether or not they’re actually…

2017.5.13 · 10 Minute Read

How to Wrangle Your Supply Chain

It’s stressful to be on the front lines of a pre-production effort. It’s even more stressful when you are the only person that is responsible for the majority of the design,…

2017.5.8 · 9 Minute Read

Ask the Best Questions at Your Startup Interview

Interviewing at a hardware startup, especially early stage, is a different experience. Founders often have no protocol or rubric for bringing on talent. They will often make a…

2017.3.27 · 12 Minute Read

Hardware Startup Trends

In my 4+ years as someone who has lived and breathed startup, I’ve seen some interesting trends. In this post, I wanted to bring some of these trends to light for people who may…

2015.10.10 · 11 Minute Read

The Electronic Hardware Entrepreneur Toolbox

As humans, we tend to collect things and organize them. In this post, I organize some of the most useful information revolving around entrepreneurship and living a purposeful life.…

2015.6.16 · 2 Minute Read

The Crazy World of Engineering Acronyms

The engineering world can sometimes needlessly be sprinkled with acronyms that leave everyone else on the team asking: “What the heck are they talking about?!” Now you can find out…

2014.8.9 · 9 Minute Read

Get Started With Bluetooth Low Energy

Bluetooth Low Energy is awesome. The problem, even in 2019, it’s still can be tough to work with. In this article, you’ll learn the in’s and outs of Bluez. It’s Linux’s answer to…

2014.4.14 · 6 Minute Read

Resistive Water Level Measurements

More tinkering happened today. I also had time to make an organizer for my prototyping setup. More details after the break! There are a bunch of ways that you can do measure liquid…

2014.3.21 · 4 Minute Read

Blessings in Disguise

Sometimes, negative life altering events are blessings in disguise. They’re usually hard to think about and easily ignorable until they’re looking you right in the face. Sometimes…

2013.11.15 · 5 Minute Read

Deconstructing the Swiffer

For an upcoming project I realized I needed something that wasn’t readily available (and cheap): a DC electric pump. If you have ever used a Swiffer before you will know that when…

2013.10.23 · 4 Minute Read