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Bill Marshall

United Kingdom United Kingdom

Engineer | WGM Consulting

Engineer, PhD, lecturer, freelance technical writer, blogger & tweeter interested in robots, AI, planetary explorers and all things electronic. STEM ambassador. Designed, built and programmed my first microcomputer in 1976. Still learning, still building, still coding today.

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Bill Marshall

Robotics

2 weeks ago

Soft Robot Design with Biomimetics

What soft robots lack in hard strength and precision, they make up for with their gentle dexterity handling delicate objects, or their ability to go places other robots cannot reach.

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Bill Marshall

Robotics

1 month ago

Your new workmate, a Cobot

Industrial robots are big, expensive, inflexible and dangerous to human workers, right? Wrong, the next generation of Collaborative robots or Cobots can operate alongside humans and don’t need to be caged or fenced off.

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Bill Marshall

Internet of Things

1 month ago

Cyber Killers: Spectre, Meltdown, Chimera and other Security Horrors

A computer security company has just described very serious security weaknesses in AMD microprocessor devices. This follows similar problems discovered with Intel and ARM-based chips. In this age of automation, just how dangerous are the threats?

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Bill Marshall

Sensors

2 months ago

Noise, Sensor Fusion and Lost Drones

Motion and environmental sensor technology has come a long way in recent years. Even so, nothing is perfect and autonomous vehicles cannot work safely with a fuzzy view of the world.

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Bill Marshall

Automotive

3 months ago

Lidar, Radar & Digital Cameras: the Eyes of Autonomous Vehicles

Digital cameras, microwave radar and light radar (Lidar) are being developed at a furious rate to meet the needs of ADAS and the autonomous road vehicle.

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Bill Marshall

Industry 4.0

3 months ago

Evolution of the Industrial PLC from Controller to Cloud Interface

The industrial revolution has now begun its fourth phase: factories are entering the era of ‘Lights Out’ or fully-automated operation. Industry 4.0 has arrived.

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Bill Marshall

Innovation

3 months ago

Augmented Reality may really take off in 2018

Augmented Reality (AR) is now moving Virtual Reality on from immersive games into highly-practical applications for the real world.

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Bill Marshall

Internet of Things

3 months ago

Are we losing interest in the Internet of Things?

What prompted the question above was a TV commercial for the ‘latest’ must-have gadget for the Connected Home: a camera that allows you to see what’s happening in your living room remotely via a smartphone. Is that the best IoT can do?

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Bill Marshall

Electronics Design

10 months ago

The Tolerant Engineer

Following on from 'The Inventor and the Engineer: Hare and the Tortoise', here is some more detail on designing compliant hardware fit for production.

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Bill Marshall

Electronics Design

1 year ago

The Inventor and the Engineer: Hare and the Tortoise

The current ‘Gadget’ bubble may be deflating. Can Engineers or Professional Makers turn an Inventor’s dream into a successful product?

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Bill Marshall

Internet of Things

1 year ago

RF Communications and the Internet of Things - Part 5

This fifth and final part of my wander through the world of wireless digital communication covers relatively long-range working. By ‘long-range’ I mean up to about 20km as opposed to the really, really long distances described in Part 2.

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Bill Marshall

Internet of Things

1 year ago

RF Communication and the Internet of Things – Part 3

In Part 1 I talked about the calculation of a Link Budget in order to determine the transmitter power and receiver sensitivity required to communicate over a given range. Part 2 showed how noise and interference levels determine the maximum data rate achievable.

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