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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.

Delta Sigma Converters: Modulation

Mike Perkins The web is filled with introductions to Delta Sigma modulation (also sometimes referred to as Sigma Delta modulation) in the context of Delta Sigma converters. Unfortunately, the ones I’ve looked at fail to intuitively motivate how the modulator wo…

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Posted In: Perk, Theory

Ben’s Golden Rule for Preventing Memory Leaks

Ben Mesander As an embedded software engineer, I spent the majority of my time writing code in C and C++. One somewhat-justified knock on these languages is that they both force the programmer to sweat all the details involved with memory management. One particul…

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The Cost of an Engineer-Hour

Howdy Pierce As all good project managers know, there are three dimensions to any engineering effort: The features of the product: What does the product do and how does it look? (For sake of simplicity, let’s include “quality” as a product feature.) The sc…

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The Math Behind Analog Video Resolution

Mike Perkins The world is moving in the direction of HDTV, but NTSC “standard def” signals are still common for many reasons and will remain so. One important reason is that cameras that output NTSC are widely available and cheap! Many applications, including…

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Posted In: Perk, Theory, Video

On the Importance of Encrypting Video

Howdy Pierce This morning brought a front-page Wall St. Journal article that’s a bit of a jaw-dropper: Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with informatio…

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Posted In: Howdy, Video

Outsourcing Just the 1.0

Howdy Pierce Seven years into running a services business, we’ve recently recognized a pattern across several of the projects we’ve done. The pattern is that the customer wants to outsource the initial development of a product but also wants to bring subseque…

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Detecting Well-Focused Images

Ben Mesander Recently, one of my colleagues mentioned to me that he takes large numbers of pictures and wanted to write a program to automatically determine which was in the best focus, out of a group of pictures that were taken of the same scene. He mentioned th…

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Posted In: Ben, Image Processing

Noise Floor

Mike Perkins As shown in a previous post, for samples taken from a zero mean i.i.d noise signal, the expected power of the k’th DFT coefficient is given by As discussed in that post, when plotting the power of the k’th coefficient as a function of frequency,…

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Posted In: Perk, Theory

Uploading Kodak Zi8 Videos to Flickr

Ben Mesander Recently my mom bought me a Kodak Zi8 pocket HD video camera for my birthday. Thanks, Mom! You know what an engineer likes! I love photography, and I upload my photos to the Flickr photo sharing site. But I think my mom wanted some more home movies o…

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Posted In: Ben, Video

IACP Product Introduction

Mike Perkins I just spent the last three days at the IACP show in Denver—the annual conference and expo for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. For anyone who was once a 12-year-old boy, IACP is about as cool as it comes, because there is all sor…

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