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Blogs about Design Phase

Blogs about Design Phase

  • How I Transformed My Life with Home Automation


    There has been a lot of talk in the press about the internet of things (IoT). For the home automation sector, IoT can be described as a collection of devices that are used to control features of the home. These devices are connected to the cloud, typically via a router, allowing the user to control these devices from a mobile device.


    • Your Car will soon be Driving You to Work

      Bill Marshall

      Last week a major car company announced they were spending $1billion setting up an artificial intelligence and robotics R & D lab in California. I think it’s fairly certain now that production driverless cars will soon be appearing on our roads.


      • RGB LED Pixel Touch Sensitive Games Table - Part 1


        The brief was simple, I wanted a new coffee table for my front room and decided to build my own. As I was building my own I could add in some electronics to make the table more functional and useful. When I say useful I probably mean entertaining. In this article I go through some introductory steps as to how I made my LED touch sensitive table.


        • How 3D printed pumpkins are helping to prevent starvation

          Pete Wood

          RS Components has been supporting engineers for over 75 years, and last December we made friends with a Charity called Practical Action. Together, we ran a Hackathon at the Google offices in London. What we love about these guys is that they utilise technology to find practical solutions to improve the lives of poverty stricken communities around the world.


          • RF Communication and the Internet of Things – Part 2

            Bill Marshall

            In Part 1 of this basic introduction to designing wireless communication links, I presented a fundamental calculation, that of the Link Budget which determines how much RF transmitter power is needed or how sensitive the receiver needs to be, in order to communicate over a specific distance in Free Space. Now the question is, what sort of data-rate can we expect?