Archive for May 2013

Google’s Self Driving Car Sensor Data

I wrote about Car Electronics at 2012 and updated the article with many comments. Now here is some new news to car electronics technologies that is worth a new post. Google has already logged an impressive amount of miles in its Toyota Prius fleet equipped with $70,000 radar systems. Google’s Self Driving Car Gathers Nearly

LED vs other light sources

Efficency of some light sources (for comparison): Incandescent bulb: 10 lm/W Halogen bulb: 15 lm/W Energy saving lamp: 40 lm/W LED: 60 lm/W Source: Helen magazine Helmikuu 2013

NSA Google Search Tips

There is so much data available on the Internet that even government cyberspies need a little help now and then to sift through it all. Wired article Use These Secret NSA Google Search Tips to Become Your Own Spy Agency tells that the National Security Agency produced a 643-page book Untangling the Web: A Guide

Loudness control in broadcasts

I was an interesting article (written in Finnish) on AV-Visio 2/2013 on-line magazine about EBU – Recommendation R 128. In Finland the public broadcasting company YLE and biggest TV companies start to use that new practice this year on their channels. Similar standards on subjective audio volume control is in use USA and Canada. EBU

The age of the password is over?

You have a secret that can ruin your life. It’s not usually a well-kept secret. Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore article tells that just a simple string of characters—maybe six of them if you’re careless, 16 if you’re cautious—that can reveal everything about you: Your email. Your bank

Unix box in pocket

Addressable markets for high-end phones article has some interesting statistics: There were about 5.2bn adults on earth at the end of 2012 and roughly 1.1bn of them had ’smartphones’ at the end of 2012. Around 900m of smartphones ran either the iOS or Android. Both iOS and Android are based on Unix technology (iOS is

Tour of the Arduino Manufacturing Facility

Have you ever wondered where all those magical Arduinos come from? Tour of the Arduino Manufacturing Facility article tells that they come from Torino, Italy, and how they are built. The video below will walk you through the PCB manufacuring and assembly process. For more details check also the large set of pictures from Tour


Freeduino is a collaborative open-source project to replicate and publish Arduino-compatible hardware files. The Freeduino Eagle SCH, BRD and Gerber production files allow users to create boards that are 100% functionally, electrically and physically compatible with Arduino hardware.

A Boy And His Atom

What can you make out of few atoms? This Stop Motion Movie Is Animated Using Individual Atoms article tells that researchers at IBM take a break from exploring the limits of data storage at the molecular level—and instead make stop motion films, animated entirely with individual atoms. This is the result: A Boy And His