Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Tablets Slates to rule

Tablets and Slates based on OpenSource OS. Even OpenHardware Tablets. This is a collage of various blurbs of mine in my other pages.

Ultra-Mobile PC - UMPC

Tablets Slates to rule

Why Tablets ?
  1. People want computing to be Personal and Portable and hassle free. With less Maintenance Tasks.
  2. Low Power or Green is the order of the Age, Fuel and Energy is not as easy, expensive and depleting.
  3. Low Carbon Footprint, The global carbon footprint of making, selling and scrapping tablets is low.
  4. The Technologies have evolved in Flash, Battery, CPU, OS, GUI, LCD, SMT and most Electronic Parts.
  5. Online - Web Computing and Cloud Computing offers Safer Storage and Powerful Web Applications.
Most Important Specs. - Low Power, Wireless, Portable, Safe, Simple. The Browser is the Most and Only Important part of this Computer.

EDA and Product Design Ideas

I saw devices that are like Tablets. Handhelds, Nettops, Smart TV Computers. Low Power and enable to use the Internet on TV or any Display Device. Android is a nice Gadget OS, customise it to make your own device.

2008-2010 delabs

Chumby Mini Embedded Computer

These are types of the Chumby Mini Web Computer, it was a Web Widget App System with Touch Interface. Innovative System ahead of its time. It manifested in 2006 before the Touch Screen Tablet.

Success of iGoogle in 2005 with Mini Web Apps and a Free App Store like System. The Desktop widgets of Yahoo, Google Desktop Search who created a Apps Shop or App Vending Store formed the ideas.

These innovations and rapid Hardware size shrinking, low power chips, flash+, wireless and broadband technology boost have lead to the Tablets you see today,

Chumby Web Computer

Chumby Mini Embedded Computer

I made this post today when many facts feel in place and i came to the conclusion that the Tablets, AppStore manifested from the concepts of touch usability, widgets etc. that came from gadgets like chumby and web services like iGoogle, both are gone today - 2012 delabs

Desktop Power Supply Immunity

Make the desktop architecture like laptop with regards to Power Electronics. I think now RAM's consume lower power. So every Desktop can come with a Li-ion Backpack based on some standard. 10Ahr 12V Rechargeable Battery. The entire Motherboard works on the 12V DC supply that uses Float Charging from mains.

Power Electronics & Solar Energy

The supply to computer is always derived from battery, the battery being constantly replenished. The charger also supplies power to computer board over the battery itself. Many lighting/inverter systems use this. The SMPS now is only a intelligent charger. Other voltage levels with DC/DC converters from that 12V.

Desktop Power Supply Immunity

Advantage -

1 - A user can easily upgrade the 12 V bus, another 12 V battery with smart charger; gives a boost of backup time. Probably intelligent batteries can come with built in float chargers, so that they can they can be bussed to form a 12v Tiny power grid for home which includes solar cells.

2 - When just the backpack is used, power fails. Harddisk, Monitor etc. sent to standby, low power mode. CPU then goes to quiescent state. The RAM keeps all data intact but goes to a low power mode. Alternatively quickly write a RAM image on a Flash Layer Built over RAM.

This makes the PC Impervious to Power Supply or UPS or other problems. Moves the desktop system to a 12 V standard. Drives desktop PC development to more Power Efficient designs.

Switching Supplies and SMPS

Easy integration into automobiles, bus, etc which have DC grid. Remote areas where no power is there. This will ensure desktops have a role in the future.

The charger SMPS has 1A charging current for Battery and 3A max for Computer. Total 4A max. A SuperCap can be added parallel to the Battery for Extra Inertia.

When power fails, in few seconds the system goes to standby. No program need to be closed. When power is restored they system comes up with windows and programs in the same positions of the last frozen state.

When a UPS is used, the system does not go down at all. The UPS just consists of a 10A Charger and a 12V 20AHr Battery. If the house has a 24V DC bus which is battery supported too. Then this can be used. As 24V is being developed as a new standard for internal power distribution. EMerge Alliance. The PCs also can move to this manageable and safe standard for homes.

delabs - 2010

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Gesture Android Tablet - Tweak and Squeeze

I was forced to Invent again, this time it is a Gesture Tablet. Tweak and Squeeze the Air above Tablet. 3D input device for Android Tablets. - 2011

A Tablet built with four embedded but slightly tilted cameras in the four corners and a dedicated ARM Input processor. This detects and interprets the 'finger gestures' to enhance the touch experience and also Sketch/Write with dummy stylus/brush.

Texas Instruments Embedded Processors Wiki

The software is as complex as speech recognition. For Factory Workers, Thick Skinned or Burly Hands you could totally switch to Gesture Mode.

Gesture Tablet.

Even if the Tablet Sports the Gorilla Glass, a Gorilla cannot use it with a Touch Interface, no not even a Chimpanzee. So Gesture Interface in very important for Larger 10 inch tablets. Makes Text input a Breeze and Boosts Gaming and 3D Capabilities.

How would you like to Make a Painting by just a gentle Swish and Swoosh of a Paintbrush over the Tablet. Even Drum your favorite tune by beating the Air on the Top of the Tablet.

Then you could create a 3D Sculpture on a Virtual Plaster of Paris block. You just need to download the right App, chisel and chip away the Air on the Tablet. When done, print to the 3D Cloud Printer Provider, a few hours later you collect the 4 numbers of 3D Prototype Prints from the Courier Man.

DAP Technologies - Mobile Computers

Let us take the Carrom Game as a Usability or Ergonomics Experiment, this game will be very effective only with a Gesture Tablet.

I got this idea after writing this feedback related to Touch Interface......

Butter Fingers and Ironman Thumb Issues

Not all Men/Women/Neumen are alike. Some have movements with less control and others like Hands-on Miners or Blacksmiths have fingers with a layer of Tough Corny Coat to protect it.

We need 'Touch Gloves' or 'Touch Thimble'. These will empower even Ironman and 'The Hulk' to use a Tablet, Then only a Military Grade Space Ruggedized Version will do.

2011-12

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Bot as SMD Soldering Aid

I need a Bot to help me with soldering. Years of looking at Monitors and Double Clicking Mouse, have taken their toll .

Please develop a Camera/Monitor assisted Soldering/Desoldering Workstation. The Miniature Soldering iron manipulated by a Joystick into position and then press the fire button, a tiny blob of solder paste lands on the Junction on Focus. Now press the fire again, a Perfect Shiny Soldered Joint.

2016  - There is a solution from Martin that is close to what i had in mind.

The Expert 10.6 rework stations facilitates the reliable and precise rework of BGA-, CSP-, and QFN-components, connectors and sockets. Innovative technologies

Rework Station EXPERT 10.6

What we need is a Desktop Aid for SMD prototype fabrication and SMD Card Repairs. Not for manufacturing. To be used by Design Centers and Service Centers.

The card to be populated or repaired can be moved in X-Y-Z axis using  a PC. The Soldering Tool and the adhesive and paste dispensing tool should sync with the PCB Position. Then Soldering and Desoldering should be automated by the machine with camera, after Package type is keyed in. It is a Hands Free Soldering machine with the PC Monitor and HD Camera helping the visualization of the Job

delabs 2004

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Programming Breakpoints and Testpoints

Breakpoints may not serve the purpose fully, it may be easier to use Testpoints and incremental coding.

When we build Electronic Circuits with many Interacting Blocks or Modules, We put a small 5mm Tall Copper Pin in the PCB or a PAD without masking. This is a Test or Troubleshooting Point. This is where you can probe with a scope, dmm or logic analyzer.

Programming Breakpoints and Testpoints

In embedded program development, i tried a similar way, a Testpoint in software, but only that the card would light a led in a certain pattern or send a "all ok" and progress status to the serial port connected to PC.
In Script programming we can use a GUI element, just a Textbox as a Scope monitoring the Testpoint. When the program goes beyond the Testpoint, The GUI Text window will hold the Status. Just like you move the probes of the same DMM, you can keep shifting the Testpoints or Multiplex the same Scope, as the program becomes bigger.

So, before you build the Next big Program, Build the Test Equipment and the First Testpoint. The first few lines of code is written around the First Test point. Like it is done in PCBs, incremental Building-Testing.
Lastly Break Big Jobs to Small Pieces. Like the Plugin Modules in a Oscilloscope, The Components or Modules should be built and tested independently and then Combined to Form one Big System. Then they can be maintained and reused easily.

Dec-07 from 2003 delabs notes

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Desktop Computing Future

Wish we could Stop making Desktop Computers that are Energy Guzzlers by 2020. The Laptop/Notebook Electronics Design Architecture could be Ported to the Desktop Computer Physical Framework.

This makes Battery Operated Lean Desktops that can always be on Float Charge. Temporary mobility and convertibles are also possible. Power Failure proof.

A flexi ferrite table cover to wireless charge mouse, printer and keyboard batteries. An additional Lan with Wi-fi to network with all the Peripherals. This gets rid of the Cable Clutter and Device Drivers for Peripherals.
 
Desktop Computing Future

Device Interface

Wireless USB has not still been adopted as a standard for peripheral interface. (not to be confused with Wi-Fi USB sticks). BlueTooth is good but does not completely address Easy Peripheral Interface in terms of usability etc. This may help the Desktop Comp.

Nettops use less power and are the Desktops of Tomorrow, with cloud computing and wireless storage these are the essential devices to go to Green Computing and the Client-Server Architecture with the Cloud in mind. We need both Intranet-Cloud and Internet-Cloud.

Each PC should have Two Wi-Fi. One for Device Networking and the other is for Web and Networking. Device Networking means adding Smart Peripherals without Drivers. Example Wi-Fi External HDD and Wi-Fi Printer.

HardDisk

Rapid on off Power can Damage Hardisk. Transport of PC over rumbling Terrain, PC or Notebook drop on Hard Surface, Impulsive Jerks of Table on which Desktop Comp is placed; can mean, that your data and device is a goner. Maybe Desktops should use the more mobile Notebook Drives or external portable drives (technology), as these consume less power and are more robust.

old and new notes of mine since 2007 - delabs