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The Data Acquisition Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about signal conditioning components and systems, digital and analog I/O modules, signal and data conversion and data acquisition software. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

Helsinki Transport Uses Open Source Code for Trip Planner App

Posted May 06, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Ongoing development of this trip-planning tool is designed to be collaborative and involve developers, the general public, and other cities’ transportation authorities. Among others, New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is testing the source code.


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Liquid Volumetric Displays of 3D Images

Posted March 16, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A new volumetric display with laser-generated microbubble voxels enables a 3D image to appear in a columnar display instead of on a flat surface without wearing glasses or headsets. Full-color updatable volumetric displays could be used for art or museum exhibits, where viewers can walk around the display.


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Iridium: The Audacious SatComm Network That (Almost) Couldn't

Posted January 13, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A bold plan conceived in the late 1980s almost didn't happen. Iridium, a worldwide satellite-based communications system, is a project so large and audacious that its backers misread market realities despite achieving astonishing technical success. This article chronicles the story of the system and the struggles it faced.


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The Coming of Smart Microphones

Posted October 09, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

In the future, voice may become the standard interface for controlling most devices. Key to that development will be smart microphones with built-in hardware and software to distinguish a voice message from background noise and echoes. Local processing of signals from an array of microphones using noise cancellation techniques isolates the voice command.


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Is Your Data Acquisition System Prepared for Big Data?

Posted September 28, 2016 4:40 PM by SavvyExacta

Data acquisition systems are producing more analog data than ever before. This opportunity to uncover new insights comes at the risk of spending more time searching for and analyzing multiple data sets. Without proper data management, it is easy for important results to go unnoticed, causing repeated tests due to lost or undocumented data. Learn how proper metadata documentation, custom triggering, and the right analysis technique will help you save only the data needed to make informed decisions.

How do you handle metadata? Do you save everything or take a targeted, less is more approach?


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  • Understand the impact of metadata documentation when searching for results throughout multiple data sets
  • Learn how to use counters to customize timing and triggering signals to control acquisition
  • Know the tradeoffs of offline, software, and inline processing

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October 5 - Wednesday (also available on-demand for 90 days after the live broadcast)

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