Category Archives: Engineering Life

LED Bulb Teardown

I, like most EE’s love LEDs.  They are such a great solution to lighting since they get away from the idea that something must be inefficiently burned (filament on incandescent), or nasty chemicals used (Mercury in CFLs) in order to … Continue reading

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MSP430 Project Helps Disabled Kids Learn, Play

Young Circuit Designs has long been a supporter of RePlay For Kids, a Cleveland, OH based charity that modifies mainstream toys for children with disabilities. Since many electronic toys utilize activation switches that require a level of dexterity that not all … Continue reading

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YCD Attends 2012 BLUR Conference!

I LOVE sensors.  Which is probably why I got into analog electronics.  The idea of taking something that is in the real world and making it interact with a computer is amazing.  As computing continues to become more powerful and ubiquitous, … Continue reading

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A Raspberry Pi First Project: Dog Kennel Status Webpage

I recently got my hands on a Raspberry Pi with the goal of writing an article on how suitable the platform is for an education program like BlueStamp Engineering.  However once I got rolling, I simply had to make something … Continue reading

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A Double-Kettle All-Electric Brewing System with MSP-430

For those who know me, beer isn’t just about the drinking.  It’s also about the brewing.  I’ve casually brewed beer for years, only getting serious with my own setup a year ago.  However brewing in front of a stove can … Continue reading

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E14 News: Hackerspace Surplus Sale: Increase Revenue and Members, Decrease Clutter

I love watching how the growth of spaces like my own Denhac develops as people begin casually making things.  Recently Denhac held a surplus sale and I think it really pumped up interest and made the space all around better. … Continue reading

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E14 MRO: Maintenance Makes New from Old

I was recently thinking about how little time exists between a design being ‘completed’ and when it needs to be revised.  Obsolete parts, bugs, manufacturing equipment changes, manufacturing locations and volumes will all drive changes to a design.  Sometimes is … Continue reading

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E14 News: Houston is Home for Makers

Whenever I have even a little extra time while traveling, I try my best to make it out to hackerspaces, surplus stores, or events that has people creating exciting things.  My last trip to Houston is no different, so I … Continue reading

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E14 News: YCD Visits Sparkfun’s Autonomous Vehicle Competition!

This last weekend Sparkfun showed once again their commitment to their customers and community.  They setup a course and organized an excellent competition for hobbyists and engineers to race autonomous vehicles — both cars and planes…. Sporting many barrels (which … Continue reading

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E14 Op Ed: Coping With Failure: Stack The Deck in Your Favor

I’ve always been interested in topics of failure, motivation, and rewards.  Especially in the context of personal achievement in the design process.  When speaking with a friend over a couple beers which were his reward for doing everything that could … Continue reading

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