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The Edison Effect
The year is 1880 and Thomas Edison was several years into his quest to perfect an incandescent light bulb. It was important to him the bulb produce a light which was both bright and safe, qualities not found in lighting solutions of the day. It was e...
20 May 2020
Rising to the Challenge
At this time of year we would normally be bringing you news about our ADI mentors and their FIRST robotics teams. We would be sharing their successes and stories of how they increased efficiency, power or dexterity for their robots while munchin...
21 Apr 2020
Music on a Beam of Light
I’m back with another mash-up of high-tech, marketing, and my hobby of antique radio restoration. And, once again, we will be talking about a product from the Philco Radio Corporation. Ever the innovators, the folks at Philco were first, in 193...
25 Feb 2020
A Bad Reputation?
I have found that stories of advancements and failures in old tech can provide lessons for both the engineer and marketer of today’s high-tech products. Today I look at how a bad (perhaps undeserved) reputation was born, spread, and survived for eighty years…
12 Feb 2020
The $4 Billion Omelet, Part II
Part I of this series
I wrote about a part of Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel Project (a.k.a. the Big Dig.) The goal at this interchange south of Boston was was to connect the Massachusetts Turnpike (from the west,) the Southeast Expressway (...
15 Jan 2020
Sometimes, the Engineering Mind wanders. The body, having little choice in the matter, follows. All of us who work at a computer know that when you are “heads down” most of the day, looking up can be a revelation. You notice things. We he...
16 Oct 2019
The $4 Billion Omelet: Part I
This is the story of a $4 billion omelet. Only this one is not made of eggs, vegetables and cheese, but steel, concrete and massive amounts of innovation. The Engineering Mind has possibly never worked harder. Our story begins in the 1970s when Bosto...
12 Sep 2019
What's Next for Project Playtime?
The timeline for ADI’s Project Playtime is ending, but the mission, relationships, and project development will continue. What’s next for the teams spotlighted in previous Engineering Mind blog posts? User Feedback, Please! A common theme...
6 Aug 2019
Boston's Back Bay: The Original Big Dig
It was a project so big, it still boggles the mind. Two Boston entrepreneurs would stretch the limits of the era’s technology when, in the mid-1800s, they filled in 568 acres of fetid swampland, enabling its transformation into one of America&r...
30 Jul 2019
Is the World's Fair Dead?
It was 1900 when Henry Adams, historian and scion of a family which produced two American presidents, walked the Gallery of Machines at Paris' Great Exposition and stopped to brood before a working exhibit of a dynamo. In his landmark "Educa...
16 Jul 2019
Empowering Children in Cork: Project Playtime
The ADI office in Cork counts approximately 80-90 people, counting for a very small percentage of the total number of ADI employees around the globe. But small numbers don’t mean small efforts! And ever since its launch, Project Playtime sounde...
25 Jun 2019
Project Playtime is Building Independence in Limerick
When you enter a dark room, you simply flick a switch to turn on the light. If you dislike the current song on your playlist you skip to the next one with a light touch. We take these basic actions for granted every day but for some individuals ...
12 Jun 2019
The Road to Nowhere
Every workday over 250,000 vehicles jam Route 128 here in Eastern Massachusetts. That is way beyond its designed capacity, with the resulting traffic jams raising the tempers of commuters along with the temperatures of their engines. To accommodate g...
11 Jun 2019
Let Me Be Your Eyes
Do you ever feel helpless when the power goes out and darkness surrounds you? Imagine living your life in total darkness every day - this is what it is like in the daily life of a blind person. Simple tasks become more challenging but they can b...
21 May 2019
The Slave Who Saved a City
His name was Onesimus. At least, that was the name by which he became known to the people of Boston. We don’t know the name his parents gave him because when he was just eleven years old he was taken by force from his West African village and p...
15 May 2019
FIRST Robotics Wrap Up: Billerica Bionics
The FIRST competition has come to an end, to conclude our blog series we want to congratulate the teams on their successes. We are incredibly proud of all the teams, especially the teams that we were able to sponsor this past year. We cannot wait to ...
14 May 2019
Squeeze Toys for Sensory Integration
What is sensory integration? Why is it important? Sensory integration is the way our brains organize and interpret basic human sensory information which include sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.Poor sensory integration can mean delays in langu...
7 May 2019
Season Wrap Up: FIRST Westwood Robotics Team:1757 Wolverines
In this blog series we have talked to teams about their FIRST Robotics season, the struggles they have faced, and the experience they’ve gained through being apart of their school’s FIRST Robotics teams. The FIRST Robotics Worl...
29 Apr 2019
Leveling the Playing Field - Board Games for All!
Back in Dec ‘18, when the NGO Samarthanam visited us, we were filled with awe, looking at the expertise of their visually challenged volunteers in using computers and mobile phones. They were able to use them just like anyone w...
24 Apr 2019
2019 FIRST Robotics District Chairman Award Winners: Team 3467 - The Windham Windup
This week, we take you inside the FIRST Robotics Team 3467- The Windham Windup. This team consists of 30 members all with the same mission: to cultivate interest, understanding and skills in the field of engineering and technology. The team encourage...
12 Apr 2019
Toys for All: Hand Games for the Visually Impaired
I remember, I remember, Where I was used to swing, And thought the air must rush as fresh To swallows on the wing; My spirit flew in feathers then, These lines from the famous poem ‘I Remember, I Remember’ by...
12 Apr 2019
The Speed of Communication
Five billion people sent almost 10 trillion texts last year. Even more remarkable is most of those texts got to their intended recipient within seconds. It is hard to explain to people born after Bill Clinton was President how it wasn’t always ...
10 Apr 2019
Behind the Scenes: FIRST Robotics Team 5962 - perSEVERE
In this edition of Behind the Scenes, we talked to FIRST Robotics Team 5962 - perSEVERE based out of the Merrimack Valley. Lead by team mentor Mike Johnston, this team has had tremendous success as of late. Established in 2016 this team has coll...
29 Mar 2019
Improving Connections by Enhancing Communication
As we formed the team and got set up and ready for Project Playtime in Greensboro we knew we were tasked with creating something that could positively impact the lives of differently abled individuals. If we were going to be successful in our endeavo...
26 Mar 2019
Behind the Scenes: FIRST Robotics Team 5679 - Girls On Fire
Welcome to our FIRST Robotics blog! Analog Devices sponsors 24 teams in the FIRST Robotics competition each year. This week, we go behind the scenes with the FIRST Robotics Team 5679 - Girls On Fire. Lead by Analog Devices, Kristen Chong, these ...
26 Mar 2019
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