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Blogs about Research Phase

Blogs about Research Phase

  • Development of a Hardware Prototype – Exerwise


    Exerwise is an exciting tech statup based in Galway, Ireland that aims to create a product that encourages young children to take 60 minutes of exercise in a day. We here at Mint Tek Circuits recently sat down with Exerwise’s COO, Nicola O’Sullivan, and talked to her about her startup and the challenges they face.


    • Where will tomorrow’s technology and The Internet of Things take us next?


      I’m a bit of a geek! I have been as long as I can remember. I think two things started me off: as a teenager I was terrified of computers until my parents got me an Apple Mac Classic when I was in sixth form. I quickly found that it wasn’t terrifying at all – in fact, I was blown away by the power at my fingertips! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not particularly technical, just quite good at figuring stuff out and making things work how I want them to.


      • ENGINEERING: mindset, not a profession!

        Mike Brojak

        Some people love technology, some are not interested. Ever been at a party or other gathering where the moment someone says they’re an Engineer, you either have an instant burst of interest and a mental note “I’ve got to have a chat with her/him” or you barely skip this person’s introduction waiting for the next one? This is the barometer for your Engineering mindset


        • Hardware Accelerators for Startups


          Establishing a startup is difficult but establishing a hardware startup brings its own set of challenges. Not only do you have to do the normal market research, you have to establish connections and, crucially, you have to design and manufacture a prototype. Mint Tek recently reviewed a blog by a local hardware startup about these challenges.


          • Smart Wireless-powered LED Driver Prototype with Red Pitaya

            Jeff Chow

            It is well-known that the power transfer efficiency and the power transmitted over a wireless inductive link are significantly affected by the strength of the magnetic coupling and the spatial displacement between the transmitting and receiving coils. Misalignment between the transmitting and receiving coils is practically unavoidable. In order to control and regulate the receiver-side power, on-the-spot measurement of electrical quantities and establishment of communication link between the transmitter and receiver are typically required. This project presents an investigation into the use of the transmitter-side electrical information to estimate the mutual inductance and regulate the power consumption of the receiver side. The nonlinear input voltage-current characteristics of the diode-bridge rectifier, which causes current distortions in the system, are taken into account in the mathematical formulations. The proposed technique is successfully implemented on a 4W wireless-powered LED driver prototype. Experimental results reveal that the LED power can be regulated within ±25% spatial misalignment over the operating zone. The estimated mutual inductance is also found to be in close agreement with the theoretical predictions.


            • Remote Desktop Client for Raspberry PI IoT now available


              April 1st seems to have its fair share of april fools but amidst all the fun I discovered microsoft has released an Insider preview that now includes a Remote Desktop Client service for the raspberry PI and on the app store is the necessary client to load onto your windows 10 desktop. The desktop can be a Phone, Tablet or PC, it just need to be running windows 10 So I loaded it up and gave it a try... here is the result


              • Home and Industrial Automation


                An introduction to a series to help engineers and hobbyists alike to get to grips with automation and the protocols needed to make it work This series is presented by Peter Oakes The videos to accompany this presentation can be found here “www.youtube.com/c/thebreadboardca” This presentation has been made possible with the help from RS-Components