If you think Thomas Edison invented the first electric light bulb, then you would be in the majority, but you'd also be wrongAs part of my previous column -- Lighting Up Your Speech with an Edison Bulb -- I found myself meandering around the Internet looking at various Edison bulb deployments. There are many tasty offerings, but one in particular really caught my attention as illustrated below. I don’t know why, but this calls out to me on multiple levels.
What we want is some way to take the output from a headphone jack and use it to control the intensity of an Edison bulb, which will, of course, be powered by mains voltage. In my recent column -- 'Ring-Ring' It's for You! -- I mentioned my current plan to use a full-up 1950s rotary telephone as one of the ways in which to control my Countdown Timer project. The idea is that when I pick up the phone, a disembodied voice will ask what I require.
Consumers increasingly expect embedded systems to have associated apps that allow them to be monitored and controlled via the Internet. The week before last, I was thrilled to be giving the keynote at the Electronics of Tomorrow (EOT) Conference and Exhibition in Herning, Denmark (see Electronics of Tomorrow in Denmark Today). Shortly before my presentation, I was waylaid by a wandering film crew, who posted this video of yours truly happily ambling around the show.
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Selecting a term
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