Electronic Product Design

Gavin Phillips

Gavin Phillips

Gavin is a freelance writer based in Penzance providing a weekly blog selection for Hawkshead Designs, covering electronic design, development and technology. He can also be found at gavinphillips, PFA Research and Mudskipper Design.

Why E-28-01-14 e-waste 200x133 Recycling Is Important

E-waste is an ever expanding blight on the planet. The amazing array of innovative technologies we depend on for our day-to-day are taking a serious toll on the environment, through the extraction of rare metals and other resources, compounded by the excessive dumping of anything deemed broken or obsolete. The dumps are usually vast, toxic wastelands, with more e-waste arriving each and every day.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:00

21/06/16 Pong IRL

Pong IRL

16-06-21 pong 2001972 was a spectacular year, for many reasons, not just because my beloved Tottenham Hotspur won the first ever UEFA Cup final. No. 1972 was the year video game pioneer title Pong was released by Atari, gracing our screens with an actual game to played against an actual computer, right in your living room. Gaming has taken unfathomable leaps since that time, and we rest upon the precipice of a world immersed in virtual reality environments.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 00:00

14/06/16 Dangers of Positive Disclosure

Dangers of Positive Disclosure

16-06-14 hacking 200At the end of last year, we took a quick look at hacking bounties. These are bounties collected by so-called “white-hat” hackers, those Internet users or security researchers who discover critical flaws in system infrastructure that could allow more nefarious parties access to sensitive information. For the most part their efforts are applauded, and in some cases, financially rewarded for making a disclosure to the company rather than those who would use the information to cause damage.

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 00:00

07/06/16 Are You Listening, Facebook?

Are You Listening, Facebook?

07-06-16 smartphone listening in 200pxInternet privacy is a debate that just doesn’t stop. Rightly so, as the vast majority of the world is now directly involved in it. Social media is often directly involved in the debate. Our willingness to upload and share our personal information has curated the perfect storm for government entities to track us, monitor us, and run surveillance programs.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 00:00

31/05/16 Old Tech Powering Modern Life

Old Tech Powering Modern Life

31-05-16 - steam driven technology 200When Windows 10 was released last year, a massive number of users immediately jumped ship, upgrading from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. Windows 10 was largely hailed as a success and the vast majority of people had an excellent upgrade experience.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:00

24/05/16 Alternative Power Funding

Alternative Power Funding

24-05-16 fusion atom 200The world appears to be waking to the dangers of continually pulling fossil fuels out of the ground and burning them for energy. It has been apparent to billions for years that this practice can no longer continue, yet those voices are almost helpless against the powerhouses of the global energy industry.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 00:00

17/05/16 The Accidental Battery

The Accidental Battery

17-05-16 green battery 200pxExperiments that go wrong usually result in a negative outcome. This might vary from extremely bad – think explosions, loud booming – to merely having to reset your instruments. Of course, to gauge the success of an experiment, measurement is key. Observing and detailing which variables have changed usually dictates the overall level of comprehension.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 00:00

10/05/16 SmartThings Not So Smart

SmartThings Not So Smart

10-05-16 - Internet of things 200Last year we took a look at the potential dangers concerning massive amounts of IoT Ready devices coming online. While the unthinkable hasn’t happened – our power stations are still running, I think (though they do seem to find significant amounts of malware at these critical facilities) – the numbers of regular users purchasing and installing IoT devices in their homes has risen significantly.

Crucial Product Design Considerations

03-05-16 product design 200Are you a budding product designer? Are you an established product designer? Either way, every successful product designer must take these three vital components into consideration before embarking on a new project.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 00:00

26/04/16 Electronic Brain Hacking

Electronic Brain Hacking

26-04-16 Brain hacking 200Would you willing strap electrodes to your head? Would you willingly let a friend or loved one flip the power switch to feed an electrical current through your brain? And would you let an amateur neuroscientist take charge of your “treatment”?

Amateur brain hacking is on the rise. With the electrical parts available online for as little as $100, the home brain hacking community is live, and experience a surge in interest, with some shocking results.

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