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Welcome to the foremost industry blog covering current issues in Internet of Things (IOT) and Video & Audio. You’ll also find specific information on a wide range of other issues including hardware and software/firmware design; and video, mobile application and signal processing technologies. We cover a wide range of industries including security, cable/satellite, enterprise video, oil and gas, law enforcement, smartphone, defense and communications, among others.


Build GStreamer on Windows: A Guide

April 20th, 2016 by Brad Aisa
Brad Aisa

We’re big fans of GStreamer, a very good open source multi-media framework supported on almost every platform conceivable, including Linux, OS/X, Android, iOS, and even tiny clients like Raspberry Pi. Recently, we’ve needed to use GStreamer on a couple of […]

Do You Believe in Magic?

April 13th, 2016 by Pat French
Pat French

    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”   —Arthur C. Clark Working in the IoT industry and being a technology enthusiast, I am always playing with the latest IoT gadgets. While many of these devices have beautiful […]

It’s That Time Again

March 14th, 2016 by Stefanie Diesi
Stefanie Diesi

It’s an early morning for many of us after “springing forward” and losing an hour of sleep over the weekend. While the time change might have a jarring impact on our alertness, our computers are probably humming along without ever […]

The IoT Zombie Problem

February 25th, 2016 by Mike Deeds
Mike Deeds

Mmm… Brains. There are a lot of residential Internet-of-Things devices available that can connect to my home Wi-Fi network and provide some functionality: Thermostats, security cameras, light switches, connected speakers, and so forth. Some devices even defy classification—Cardinal Peak gave […]

Will CES be called The IoT Show in 2017?

February 17th, 2016 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

I attended the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last month, and the biggest single category again this year was the Internet of Things, or IoT. Evidently, out of nearly 4,000 exhibiting companies, nearly a quarter displayed an IoT product. Meanwhile, […]

Engineering a Better Television Experience

February 11th, 2016 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

I shouldn’t admit it, but I’m old enough to remember picking television shows very differently than we do today. Sonny, back when I was a kid, there were fewer choices in programming, it was impossible to time-shift, and if you […]

The Future of the IoT

December 18th, 2015 by Cardinal Peak Staff
Cardinal Peak Staff

Matt Osminer, our Director of Mobile and Web Software, was recently interviewed by Fluke Networks as part of their Expert Interview program. Read the interview here.

What Does the ‘Freelance Economy’ Mean for Engineers?

December 10th, 2015 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

I’ve got a new article up at Entrepreneur: “What Does the ‘Freelance Economy’ Mean for Engineers?” Here’s a taste: What does [the Freelance Economy] mean for entrepreneurs across many fields? I’m convinced that the use of freelancers can lead to […]

How to Make the IoT Make Sense for You

November 5th, 2015 by Pat French
Pat French

“IoT-enabling” usually involves taking an everyday product—a kitchen appliance, say—and adding the necessary communication hardware, connecting it to a cloud service, and developing apps for either end-users or installers. What are the common reasons for doing this?

The New Elegance: Have the Guts to Leave Something Out

October 30th, 2015 by Howdy Pierce
Howdy Pierce

I sat recently through a long, multiple-day design review for a major appliance manufacturer. This company—my customer—has a competitor who has recently launched an IoT version of their product. In response, my customer is planning a large IoT offering, with […]

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