Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Internet and Intranet of Things - IoT

When Intelligent Devices (embedded systems) are privately and securely networked, it is called the Intranet of Things. This is like a Home-Office-Business private closed Cloud. This is ideal for Home and Infrastructure Automation and even Big Business or SMB Automation.

The Internet of Things - IoT is the Superset. It could be Secure and Private but still vulnerable to security lapses and breakdowns. This could send devices, robots and machines Berserk.

In all Networked Environments we have to have fallback arrangements when network fails or is compromised or even slow due to peak hour internet traffic.

Internet and Intranet of Things - IoT

WSN - Wireless Sensor Networks and M2M - Machine to Machine Data Communication;

M2M and WSN is a closed private Intranet network that is used in Manufacturing and Industrial Automation. Here we could use data sync to Interface it with the Web or Internet. This enables passive controls and monitoring of SCADA or Machine Status, yet very Secure.

COR - Collaborative Online Robotics - This is like team work for bots. Big tasks can be accomplished by very small and weak robots. Example - Observe Ants and Bees.

All these only mean Wireless Networked Intelligent Embedded Systems. They could be machines, appliance, robot or gadget. The brain is both on the device and in the Clouds.

All these only mean Wireless Networked Intelligent Embedded Systems. They could be machines, appliance, robot or gadget. The brain is both on the device and in the Clouds.

delabs Notes - 2015

Friday, October 06, 2017

Wired Wi-Fi or WiGig for enhancing Range

You have a big office of 3 Floors or a Home which is not Wi-Fi Friendly and it does not have the provision for LAN or any other wiring. Even a distant room/garage or basement beyond the Wi-Fi range.

Wireless Gigabit Alliance - WiGig 60 GHz

If we could build a Wired interface for Wi-Fi and WiGig then such rooms can be brought within range. A wired interface without wires, then you think of optics, not even optic fiber .... that will build up the cost for home networks.

Wave Guide may be an answer, a wire that pretends to be a waveguide. Let us take a thin flexible plastic tube, 2-3 mm in dia, 1mm wall thickness of tube. The outer wall of the 3mm tube is coated with a suitable copper alloy. Above that a thick insulation to protect from mechanical damage. This may act as a waveguide if properly designed, probably the way or pattern in which the metal is coated.

Wired Wi-Fi or WiGig for enhancing Range

Fixed WiMAX SoC and RF Module - Fujitsu

If this works in theory, then Pump RF on one end with a little more juice, just like in Optic fibers. The other end may get enough signal strength for good speed connectivity. It will at least be still wi-fi on waveguide and easier to implement than RJ45, these LAN cables, connectors and switches include many components and modules, that make it very fussy and unreliable.

Wi-Fi seems to be very friendly and safety has also improved now. So a wired, one wire or waveguide to extend Wi-Fi can phase out the RJ45. I like RJ45 similar to the sentiments i have for the Printer Port and RS232. Then USB has just taken over. Change is inevitable, Find a way out of RJ45 for good.

delabs 2010

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Automobile Ideas from 2002

Simple Automobile Safety Radar

There must be a very affordable automobile radar with just a 10-20 feet radius around the vehicle. This should display as a graphic on the dashboard as some of the very old 2D car games. This radar must be based on sonar or infra red to avoid additional EMI-RFI pollution and confusion. The display should show all objects which include people, small animals, kerb and wall.

The sensor has to be a multiple sensor, static belt one near wheels and one at the roof of automobile. The display device on car should be TCP-IP so that you can monitor your vehicle with your cellphone, PDA or any browser.

Cars can have multiple skins like Winamp

If you use organic flexible LEDs, encapsulated in transparent poly-sulphone or some silicones. And the RGB triad matrix of LEDs are driven by a computer system to make it work like a flexible LCD screen. It can be used to form a skin for a car. Only there will be no high resolution, but it will do.

This flexible layer is fixed on the car like a permanent cap. Now with the onboard graphics synthesis embedded car computer you can choose any jpg, png or gif textured tile or make your own. Then output the tile or wallpaper to the car exterior LED matrix skin. Now the Car has become skinnable. Not just colors but fine textures are possible.

Automobile Ideas from 2002

Now with a Bluetooth enabled Human Mood Monitor plugin you can make the car exterior to reflect the mood of the life-forms inside. This will make a road alive and traffic jams very colorful.

Some things i had written online around 2002 on cars.

Microcontroller - 8051, 8052, OpCodes, Analog Interface.

(:->)----\--/----< Man Sleeping

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Evolution of The SmartWatch

This post was made in relation to the TI Chronos and Casio watches, The early Smartwatches. Some parts of this post removed, but this was the post in one of my other blogs that triggered the Smartwatch fever that you see today.

This is not a HandHeld Gizmo but a Gizmo that Holds your Hand and Cling to the Body. Wearable Wireless Computers. The first Smart Wristwatch according to my knowledge was created by Casio. it had many functions including a calculator and calender,

Release of databank telephone number storage wristwatch CD-40

Casio CD-40-Databank Calculator

January 1984 - "Casio released watches with various advanced features, including a calculator function (C-80 released in 1980), and a dictionary function (T-1500 Walking Dictionary released in 1982). The company wanted to see the wristwatch evolve from a simple device for telling time to an information device on the wrist."

Casio Spotlights Leadership in Smartwatches

"This watch further advanced the concept of an information device on the wrist, and became a major hit product, selling a record total of six million units in the five years after its release."

A smartwatch or smart watch is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that is enhanced beyond timekeeping, and is often comparable to a personal digital assistant (PDA) device

Earlier post in delabs Notes

(Posted many years ago in my other tech blogs and sites.)

eZ430-Chronos wireless watch - TI

When i saw this i remember my High School friend, he had built an advanced DIY Wrist Watch with LED Display and Radio, there was a temperature display too. A Gizmo WristWatch around 1980! ... his Gizmo got many students wildly interested in Electronics. He also developed a Learning Kit 'for 555.

Here is one such Temperature, Wireless, USB Data Logger Watch Development Tool. But for an entirely New Generation.

eZ430-Chronos wireless watch - TI

The eZ430-Chronos is a highly integrated, wearable wireless development system based for the CC430 in a sports watch. It may be used as a reference platform for watch systems, a personal display for personal area networks, or as a wireless sensor node for remote data collection.

SmartPhone Protection with SmartWatch

Phones can be Bluetooth Paired with Smart Wristwatch, both Scream when distance above 3+ feet. This will work also with a SmartHeadset when you are wearing that.

An internal supercap powered location pinging system that keeps sending signals to the tower even after battery is removed. This could also be used with SmartHeadset as a 'locate misplaced phone feature" when you have forgotten the phone at a shop, office or restaurant.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

USB or Ethernet Processing Boost

A software and External Hardware, Interfacing on LAN or USB or even WiGig when it comes. The hardware contains HDD/Flash, RAM and RAW Processing power. This is not like Hyper Threading or multi-core cpu, but addresses same issue.

USB or Ethernet Processing Boost

The Software sees resources load on PC and when it feels RAM, CPU or HDD is getting stressed; it moves some work to the external box which is on standby consuming low power. Like playing music is lesser priority then say checking email. The Software Resource manager moves the Music Player and dependencies open in RAM to the Resource outside via USB and makes a Glitch-less switch. This can be remembered as a setting and used whenever the external resource is plugged in. Like RAID but for Home/Small Office users to use redundant capacities. Hardware scales up/down with needs and does not hog electrical power.

A lot of Processing Power and other resources go waste, consuming valuable energy in the present desktops. How faster things can be if all peripherals were on TCP/IP and Wireless (optical). This way an external resource box can directly play the speakers or print too without taking Main CPU time.

delabs - 2009

Friday, September 01, 2017

Texas Instruments - Tech Pioneer

Texas Instruments, better known in the electronics industry (and popularly) as TI, is an American company based in Dallas, Texas, USA, renowned for developing and commercializing semiconductor and computer technology.

Texas Instruments - TI Semiconductors

Chip IC Products include Solutions in Analog, DSP- Digital Signal Processing, Power Management, A/D Converter, Microcontroller based Systems, Mixed Signal Designs, Multiplexers and Thermal Management Solutions.

A Vintage Calculator from TI

Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments - wiki

TI produced the world's first commercial silicon transistor in 1950, and designed and manufactured the first transistor radio in 1954. Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit in 1958 while working at TI's Central Research Labs.

TI also invented the hand-held calculator in 1967, and introduced the first single-chip microcontroller (MCU) in 1970, which combined all the elements of computing onto one piece of silicon.

Texas Instruments - TI Semiconductors

A Developer Evaluation Embedded System

Texas Instruments Embedded Portfolio Overview is made up of three sub-divisions: Wireless, Microcontrollers, and Processors

Embedded processors are the processing brains of electronics that gather inputs from analog chips and perform computational processing to operate a system.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Ultimate Software Protection

This is an idea of a costly way of protecting your software IP, We now have Flash USB thumb drives going upto 100Mb, You now need to make an ASIC for a thumb drive which manages flash storage of 100Mb and also does some simple logic and maths, all this inside the thumb drive. - 2003

Now put the software you make within the custom thumb drive and make it into an partial java based application server. So even copying or reading RAM will not expose the program binaries on PC. Now you have a custom thumb drive with embedded application software to sell just like objects, and cannot be copied. This thumbware you sell will be bought by the user and all he needs to do is plug it in the USB port and a icon will come with a balloon in the notification area and start using the new thumbware you bought. Remove thumbware the application will close, take it wherever you want.

Image created around 2012

Ultimate Software Protection

The thumbware will not be copied as ASIC is custom and some computation is within the thumb and major computation is in the PC.

Then you can make it OS independent, as it will be a embedded java application, the xml database can be within the thumb itself and an encrypted copy on HDD.

Now with Cloud Computing and Saas, you can have part of the Software Elements as Webware. This makes the software more copy-proof and also helps backup your data if needed as a service. Then the biggest advantage is, that it is available on any type of device like Tablet or Phone. - 2014

delabs Open Computing Ideas - 2003 - Open Source

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Software GUI Ergonomics

The GUI or graphic user interface must be of three types one for the 'novice' another for the 'expert' and lastly one for the 'hacker', a programmer should not assume that other users think like him. There needs to be 3 levels of GUI.

Some software which has a simple wizard for simple tasks. also programs must work downward 2 processor and OS versions if you want the product to be usable by many.

Good multiple high color icons. install with path option, add icon on desktop option. settings independent of registry. a compiled html help or *.chm. file. a good toolbar with tooltips. shortcuts of main functions. wizards for new users. tabbed advanced options. if possible skins. compact program size. when i see these features. then i know it is a real good product. - 2002

Below is an imaginary UI i whipped up a decade ago to explain this usability. The secret is "no menus". We need buttons all over the place, tabs are good. Advanced Controls hidden or visible on demand. Then a persistent, never hidden "settings icon" with a prominent "reset to defaults". Lastly a UI password admin lock, to prevent any alteration by public users on community/office consoles, machines and gadgets.

Image added around 2010

Software GUI Ergonomics

Too many Knobs, Dials, Switches and Buttons Cluttering the Front panel of an Instrument or Web-application or Software can overwhelm the user and he may not be able to use it properly or may even lead to misuse. So..... we need to use things like euro-controls that was done for Philips TV etc. or Sensible Wizards like in some software . The Advanced options should be available for those who need it. - 2004

delabs Open Computing Ideas - 2004 - Open Source

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Electronic Solar Umbrella

There are places like your Backyard, outdoors, a village... where your Gadgets will stop working !!!

You will feel suffocated when your Smartphone or Tablet fails to respond to your caring strokes. Your Dupey is perishing due to Undernourishment. All you need is "Electronic Solar Umbrella" which was invented by me delabs on June 1st 2014.

Electronic Solar Umbrella

The Red Light is for Data Networking SmartUmbrellas using Advanced Multi-Threaded Infra Red Technology.

SUN - Smart Umbrella Networking

Resources - Electronic Firms and Electronic Projects.

I just invented the SmartUmbrella - My Drone is Rushing to the Patent Office. Keep this confidential till my drone returns safely, the beagle boys are using Blimps with Large Magnets to capture Drones.

Another model with an ability to charge Notebooks, Netbooks would be good. If i am allowed to stretch my imagination …..A Networked Model with an embedded Wi-Fi Repeater, which will just connect with other Home Products which have embedded Wi-Fi Repeaters. These form an endless wireless Daisy Chain of Gadgets in the Neighborhood. When a couple of these gadgets are connected to Internet and Mains Power, the whole chain goes online. The Lamps can also double up as flash media servers.

Just like 3G, 4G, 5G in the end will become WiG. A Hybrid WiFi authenticated by 5G technology. WiFi using a Chain of HotSpots on the ground is better than AnyG or nG Towers. If everyone watches HD Youtube Videos at the same time, the towers will come crashing. Wireless Optics are even better, better than anything, for large data transfers in homes, offices.

Hence with Wi-Fi chain and Tablets you got Web at low power. Web means PDF and HTML = Knowledge Data and Power. This power must be a low energy burden.

A Mini Solar Station and 24V Green 100W Bus in the Home can Power the Wi-Fi and Lamps. Recharge the tablets and keep working and learning. This is the worst case scene when we have energy shortage.

The Long term solution for Energy is Solar, Wind and Most important Ethyl Alcohol employed in the proper way to power Mini Generators and Automobiles.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Usability and Accessibility Enhancements

Tablets have tools for Communication, Browsing and Many Utilities. It needs to be usable by very old people and very young ones as well.  They need to be affordable and Robust too. Ability to survive falls, Grime, Water and Heat. It should be usable by people having Health issues too.

Usability and Accessibility Enhancements

Alert sounds likes chimes and rings are not enough, The Tablet must be able to yell and scream when it is far from the owner. The user needs to wear  a Bluetooth pendent with microphone .

When charge is low, it has to create a tantrum till it is fed...up. Some pricey models can have tiny wheels to move to the closest charging bunk. Some Vacuum Cleaners are able to move and recharge themselves.

When a SMS lands, it is able to read out loud and take a reply by voice and send it at once. Similarly the email could work on the tablets, all hands-free. The speakers and quality audio are on the tablet/pad and the pendent is just an additional microphone with bluetooth and vibrator with a titillate option.

Incoming  calls can move in tandem with an answering device and make loud Audio Visual Effects to get the attention of the Owner. The caller cannot wait, so the answering machine takes the call, says "please wait" and then rings the Alert Alarm Bells and even vibrates the Pendent. The Senior now can talk to the pendent and will get the caller's voice loud on the Phone. The Phone Audio has to be very good and loud.

If the room has a connected HD Monitor, even that can be used for the communication purpose. The user just needs to click the pendent to answer a call or video chat with family friends. In Business too, Large monitors and Loud Speakers can improve communication.

Smart PowerPacks or PowerBanks+ can be the Charging Stations. The Power Packs with docks can have the wheels and intelligence to recharge the device on alert, they will also recharge themselves from the mains power, whenever required.

Expensive Phone or PowerPack Models can have Drone Mode. I say this emphatically because the Dilbert Dupey develops wings after the mutation, This indicates that quad-copters, drones were predicted. It could be that, One fine Day the Tablet+ may Fly!

Aug 2014

delabs design Notes - 2008 to 2018
delabs Technologies

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Online Security in Embedded Systems

These days many gadgets with embedded systems are being used. Tablets, Netbooks and Desktop Clients. Many of these are used to make secure transactions like Banking. It is also used as a Security Device for Web Applications and Website Memberships.

The secure transaction process has improved. I know there is encryption and also the NIC number of Ethernet cards etc. I have some thought, i think i will note it here. In one sentence "Make Every CPU Chip Unique with a Unerasable ROM ID Code or Signature" this can also be tied to a QR Code. A Firmware query spawned by a SSL TCP/IP action will return the CHIP ID which enables secure communication and device tracking overriding all user controls.

Online Security in Embedded Systems

Processor manufactures and Chip IP makers are standardized. The Secure CPU makers should obtain a license for secure CPU, which will be a CPU but with a Secure Transaction Chip with Unique Identification Code engraved within. Each Chip is unique and a replacement of CPU needs new authentication for all transactions. No two chips are made the same, the unique numbers are not on flash (like BIOS), but digitally etched-burnt with indelible e-ink. So when a person makes transaction his computer is more securely authorized. More security options like GPS in CPU for big transactions, these computers will be expensive too.

(First posted in delabs Notes 2006 - Then in Nomadic Computing 2007)

delabs design Notes - 2008 to 2018
delabs Technologies

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Epson - Office Automation Computing

Seiko Epson Corporation, commonly known as Epson, is a Japanese electronics company and one of the world's largest manufacturers of computer printers, and information and imaging related equipment. - Wikipedia

Epson - Office Automation Computing

Computers and peripherals, including PCs, printers, scanners and projectors.

Epson P-6000 Multimedia Photo Viewer

The Epson P-6000 Multimedia Storage Viewer is the ultimate device to view, edit and print JPEG or RAW images without using a PC/Mac. Engineered for the professional and advanced amateur photographer, the Epson P-6000 Multimedia Storage Viewer features an 80GB hard drive and a high quality Epson Photo Fine Premia 4-inch LCD screen"

Epson - Office Automation Computing

Epson History

May 1942 - Daiwa Kogyo Ltd. (the predecessor of Seiko Epson Corporation) is established.

Sep. 1968 - The EP-101, the world's first miniprinter, is launched.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

PC User Interface and Wireless Power

Wireless Charging is a Reality today, it was first conceived by me in the 90s. The first page published related to that in my netscape site.

This was conceived to get rid of cables for data and power on my desktop. I felt if we use Optics for Data and Wireless Ferrite Contact Plates to transfer power, there would be no wires at all on the desk. I even experimented with RS232 Serial Port and Ferrite Slices below thin Acrylic Plastic Sheet, it worked.

I did not patent any of my concepts, but it is offered to all humanity as an Open Design, like all my other work.

Here is a planar transformer which has PCB tracks for winding. This show that there is more scope of innovation in such ferrite transformers for short range wireless power.

PC User Interface and Wireless Power

Objects kept on a electromagnetic table must be able to draw energy from that. A Notebook or tablet can be just placed on this table to get charged.

The optic ball-less mouse is a great step in mice-tech user-interface. This mouse consumes more power, for a wireless mouse a capacitive sensor matrix based sensing may be better.

Touch Screen on PC is not common place. A combination of Touch screen and Mouse is excellent for all age-groups. Large monitors can have at least two inches of touch screen area at bottom.

Laptops, LCD Monitors make UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) last longer and it reduces electricity costs.

 Wireless Power for Wireless Peripherals

Wireless Mouse with capacitive sensors may consume less power, no batteries works on a Supercap, Connector-less ferrite dock for recharging

Wireless mouse rechargeable battery can recharge while moving on the Mouse Pad made of Ferrite/Ceramic 1′ Sq with Power Hot Spots every 3″

Flexible Ferrite, Silicone & Ferrite based Solid emulsion. Can be made as computer table mats to charge the supercaps of peripherals.

The Energy Efficient Wireless Peripherals can just be placed on this mat to draw the power without wires. Wireless power and Wireless Data.

Usability and Ergonomics Review
Aggregated Notes from 2008-12

Usability and Ergonomics of Electronic Consumer Equipment, product risks and safety are best studied with very old and very young people.

Personal Computers, Netbooks, Portable Communicating Devices, Remote Controls are where Usability Issues abound, and can be studied/remedied.

Optical Rotary Encoders, Magnetic/Eddy/Capacitive/Hall Effect based Non-Contact Joysticks, Makes Human An analog Interface with Digital Output.

For the people who type with two fingers; A Circular Keyboard is right. A Capacitive Touch Gesture Pad can replace the Mouse. Health & Ergo.

Ideas of delabs - 2004 -2009

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Peek into the Future beyond 2020

First posted around 2006 in "Ideas of delabs" and enhanced later, something to ponder about.

Robotics, Mechatronics, Nanotechnology and RF-Optics will define an Advanced Environment for Man. - Automated, Efficient and Connected.

Electric + Solar Scooters, Bikes &amp; Cars, Mini Electric Rickshaws and Bionic Horse Carriages consume &amp; digest Organic Material to Ethanol.

Present Internet Zap is only 10% of what it is going to be. The future of the web is all encompassing and frees communication, media &amp; info.

EE Design Library - Electronic Product Design Resource.

LED Lighting is more important than you think it is. Start Using Alternative Energy, like Wind Power and Solar, Tidal and even Magmatic.

That Bionic Horse i was talking about

That Bionic Horse i was talking about

Ultra Low power Netbooks, Laptops, Tablets and Nettop Clients. Combined with a Resource Pooling and Sharing Community Cloud with hosted Apps

delabs Technologies - Technology Blog and Product Design.

Both Consumer Computing &amp; Enterprise Computing needs to go Green. It is not a Novelty but it is a Serious Preparatory Strategy for a Future

Yes there is life beyond 2020 on Earth but not on Mars 

Monday, May 01, 2017

Coat Pocket Computer - dapj Open Design

I could find that many HandHeld Computers are Difficult to use and the User Experience is a bit like wearing Shoes two Sizes Smaller.

So i thought i make a Feedback about how small a computer could be without any Compromise from the Present PC OS or Program Base. So we can use the same things we have on the Home PC.

That lead to a Open Concept Design which is Quite Possible, I noted the Points that can give some relief from the Suffocation of small Sizes, still maintaining mobility for people used to wearing Big Coats.

Coat Pocket Computer

Coat Pocket Computer - dapj Open Design - Thursday, October 11, 2007
This post is mirrored here as it is related to software too


Sharp Willcom W-ZERO3

I saw a Review of Sharp/Willcom W-ZERO3. Image below, the layout is good but size is a bit small. If it is 60% bigger then it could use a regular Desktop OS and Programs (muntzed). As HDD, CPU and Batteries has become smaller, efficient and Better. I think this is close to the ideal handheld.

Ideas of delabs 2007

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Handhelds - Open Source OS Handheld Devices

An Early website HandHelds.org that was active in the days before the wave of Portable Devices you see today. 2003-2004. Advanced Portable devices are now in everybody's hand.

"At the hardware level, we embrace any device that can reasonably be considered a handheld computer. We are product and architecture neutral. Software development on an open-ended set of handheld computers is welcome within the context of our group and our website. These projects include both individual efforts and work sponsored and organized by individuals, groups or companies. "

Handhelds - Open Source OS Handheld Devices

"At the operating system level, our focus is on "Unix-like" systems, including Linux and the various flavors of BSD Unix (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, etc.). Among these alternative operating systems, healthy and energetic competition results in better software for everyone."



My Notes -

I feel HandHeld Computers range from Advanced Calculators to Laptops, The have to be driven by batteries, charged by Mains, Solar, Wind Power or Dynamos. They can be carried around by a single human being or may be part of a Vehicle he uses. It can have a Wireless Web Connectivity or may just be a passive multimedia or games player.

delabs 2009

Speech to Text and Text to Speech Devices

This was an idea for Apps like Browser and Email..This is for any device phone or laptop a user interface for people who need it like when Cooking or Driving. People with disabilities or injuries. BlackBerry Phone had a nice incorporation of the text to action.

Added in 2015

We have three things Text-2-Speech, Speech-2-Text and Speech-2-Action. This makes any Gizmo or Computer Interface with a Human without the use of Limbs.

2009 Note Below -

Spoken Words or 14 Seconds of Voice Message. Alternative to Thumbing. A Text to Speech Engine Server Side. With Adaptive Mimicry Voice Synthesizer for that User ID. .

A MultiMedia Service without too much local or server load. Short Compressed Audio Files Recorded and Rendered by Flash Inline Inserts on the Web Application.

Speech talking calculator by Telesensory Systems

A Vintage Speech Equipment The Speech+ talking calculator by Telesensory Systems, Inc.

First idea enables people who just cannot type their message, and need to speak a few words, which is recorded by microphone and sent like a Compressed Voice mail.

Second Idea depends on first idea to train a server side engine, a Text to Speech tuned by earlier voice messages.

When a person cannot read the text, like when driving or in a private gathering, he can press read all incoming messages. Then the server will process text to speech matched according to the User ID Speech Profile and Read out loud in his Headphones.

delabs 2010

Saturday, April 01, 2017

The SmartRadio - eNewspaper Delivery

A Jpeg browser device like Digital Photo Album. It has a LCD Screen and a FM Radio interface. It costs less that $100 or comes free with 5 yrs subscription to a paper. - The SmartRadio

In the early morning it downloads the media on a built-in locked FM receive only radio.The FM newspaper station just transmits a few minutes of encrypted digital data. This is stored and static jpeg pages generated, which can be easily viewed and read using scroll and zoom using a convenient handheld device.

XML-HTML FM Radio - FM Radio enhancements

FM radios consume less power and are affordable, now we should add a small LCD display like you have in cellphones. Xml should be frequency modulated and transmitted by fm stations in adjoining bands.

Electronic Engineering Magazines

Xml is demodulated by fm radio and displayed in the lcd display on radio. This way news can be transmitted to many people without internet or tcp/ip. This is just one way broadcast of xml or html information, it need very less freq. Even html, jpeg, png and flash can be broadcast by fm radio. Product advertisements can also be sent in this format. Just tune into your xml fm radio station with your color lcd portable radio and presto news, ads, pictures, semi static but can reach millions. The radio tuner can tab over different stations.

The image in the screen is a book for kids by Amy MacDonald - Little Beaver and the Echo

Cost Effective eNewspaper Delivery Jpeg Radio

If it works and people start using it, it could be a standardized paper reader which can manage multiple subscriptions. The subscription can be bought in the form of a chip card or monthly billing. Then it can move to color and slowly to WiMax with Rich Media and Accessibility like Read aloud Text, Translate and Search. This depends on how far the media can go in modernizing and how safe the system is. Too bad that looks like a Tablet Computer again.

Everything is converging to Wireless Internet and Cloud Computing. The Tech Prophets had foreseen this phenomena prematurely.Then there was a oracle from the sky .....

There is enough bandwidth on the sides to accommodate a Low Resolution Jpeg or GIF Animation. Seeing this on a Color LCD Radio will make it Smart.

Now we have SMS Song Requests. The names of the Enthusiasts can come on the LCD screen by xml. Some Text can be easily pumped on FM Frequencies as a thin xml file. Even the details of the Radio Show.

SmartRadio may be One way communication. But we can add static pictures and text !

We could also make a Hybrid Device that combines the Mobile Data or Wi-Fi.

"Each Man will have a HandHeld Tablet Computer that will pack the power of a Super Computer"

The TCP/IP has spoken

delabs 2009

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Tech Ideas as Feedback - Computers

These are some ideas, comments, feedback and communication that i have had over the past many years online. 2006-11

Photonic Speeds

The real speed can be seen when we switch completely to photons and photonic circuits. No more electrons. Blazing Tera Hertz Transfer Speeds. Just a few decades away. Another smart alec comment i made at the site of a major speed provider.

System-on-Chip - SoC - IP

3D Hologram Newspaper

3D Hologram Newspaper

An Interactive 3D Hologram Newspaper that is Projected by a Small Rechargeable Pendent or Desktop Device. It can be a MultiMedia 3D Book, Magazine or Newspaper. It can be used even when lying down on a bed. It can be used on a Restaurant, the group can read the day's Paper. (An idea i gave at a website with a Questionnaire, years ago)

Digital Signal Processing - DSP

Rechargable Wireless Peripherals

Buy only those Wireless Peripherals or Even Keyboard / Mouse, that can be recharged &amp; dockable or on a Ferrite / Magnetic, No wire/metal charging base. (Just drumming up an old idea of mine)

Storage Tripod Hybrid for Reliability Speed

The wear and tear, fragmentation on HDD can be reduced using a Tripod Hybrid. Access Speed improves too...

Top Layer is RAM Drive with Li-ion Battery. Second layer is Flash. Third is the Spinner HDD.

All active files of user are on RAM drive and backed up on Flash by intelligent Drive (not CPU). The files go into HDD after they have been stable for over an hour. As HDD sizes are increasing. The files and file system can be like svn and maintain 3 versions of all dynamic files. This is useful for user also and HDD too.

Storage Tripod Hybrid for Reliability Speed

Static files like Binaries can be on one area of HDD. Frequently accessed binaries are promoted to flash layer. Extremely frequent to Ram Layer. The HDD now is less stressed and lasts longer and is a stable backup. Power failures immune.

Bare Essentials

A supercap built into a HDD. On Brownout OR Power Fail. The falling ramp is detected beyond an isolating diode. It says to HDD uC ... Look there is something funny with power now. The HDD uC at once finishes the work at hand, drawing its juice from the stable supercap, parks its heads and goes to sleep.

When power is stable again, it wakes up and the supercap is replenished too. This way damage to HDD is avoided, these happen when .. battery connection problems in laptop or mains power fluctuations or switching power systems carelessly. It makes HDD idiot proof at least electrically.

- delabs 2009

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Equipment Control using Embedded Internet

I will give a simple example for the purpose of understanding and assimilation of the concept. Consider the Toaster a Vital Home Appliance, Build a Embedded Internet Interface into the toaster. Then make it Wireless Networking capable. The gadget can also get connected thru Mains Carrier Communication.

Now you build a Webware service, create API's, Ready Gadgets and Wizards. So he can create-use the API from any Computer or PDA. He can Sub-Lease his custom API Service with Internet capable Gadgets.

Make this a Web Toaster - When i made this post, the iGoogle was the reason behind it.

Make this a Web Toaster

When the Javascript of this is linked to the API of the Control Webapp that you created, This gadget can monitor and control the Quality of the Toast from anywhere in the world ;-).

Digital Timer for Internet - Live Widget

But Then, the service should be easy for just anyone to use, the coding is never done by the user of the service. He creates an account, hires the API, creates his own Gadgets and Apps with wizards. Then he gets to download the firmware for the Embedded Internet ASIC you Provide and the Product he manufactures goes with that circuit. See a Screenshot below

programmable-digital-timer

The end customer buys an Internet capable Toaster with a CD demo on how to access his free webservice. With this service, he can get all the web gadgets and tools to control his Home Appliance Arsenal.

Idea - 19:36 25-Feb-08, Nature - Open Source, - Ideas of delabs

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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