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Elecia White has worked on DNA scanners, inertial measurement units for airplanes and race cars, toys for preschoolers, a gunshot location system for catching criminals, and assorted other medical and consumer devices. She is the founder of Logical Elegance, an embedded systems consulting company based in San Jose. Elecia has developed strong skills in signal processing, hardware integration, complex system design, and performance. Having been through FAA and FDA certification processes, she understands the importance of producing quality designs and how they lead to quality implementations.
Elecia has spent several years in management roles but enjoys hands-on engineering and the thrill of delivering excellent products. While continuing to provide leadership and mentoring, she prefers to focus on the technical aspects of a project. A graduate of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, Elecia enjoys sharing her passion for science, engineering and interesting gizmos, particularly how these things can make the world a better place.
June 05 2014Elizabeth Brenner (@eabrenner) returned to the show to talk about the are-you-ok widget that she and Elecia have been working on. (The initial problem-statement show is episode 17.)There is now a SparkFun tutorial so you can build one of the are-you-ok widgets yourself. As announced in the show, there is… read more
June 03 2014Elecia attended O'Reilly's Solid Conference, recording a few of the people she met there. Note: this episode is recorded in a noisy location.Erin Mulcahy at littleBits (@littleBits), magnetic electronics modulesJack Mudd at Onewheel (@RideOnewheel), powered sort-of skateboard with only one wheel and auto-balancingLaurie Yoler from Qualcomm, she spoke on Intelligent Connectivity. It’s… read more
May 28 2014Jack Ganssle shared his wisdom on being a good embedded software engineer (hint: it takes discipline). Jack's website is filled with great essays and new videos. He's also written the Art of Designing Embedded Systems and The Embedded Systems Dictionary (with Michael Barr).We covered a lot of ground, here are some of… read more
May 28 2014I did Unix system administration in college. That was many, many years ago. And really, I managed the consultants, wrote quick references for users, made new accounts, and only filled in on deep technical management when someone made me (usually when someone else was sick or had lit something on… read more
May 23 2014The build instructions for my are-you-ok widget is up on SparkFun! How neat! This isn’t the end for that project. I’ve been working on getting email on Maxwell (surprisingly not difficult). I’m going to visit Hugh this weekend to see why his accelerometer is fussy. In a couple weeks, Elizabeth… read more
May 21 2014Elecia spoke with Micheal Worry, CEO of Nuvation, about engaging with and working at a design firm. Disco Fish, the autonomous Burning Man party vehicleUdacity course in autonomous vehiclesROS is Willow Garage's robot operating systemContact Nuvation at their website or on twitter (@Nuvation).Contact Disco Fish and its build buddies on Facebook. read more
May 17 2014I have a beagle. She’s a great dog. No, that’s not right. She’s a terrible dog. When you look up breed information about beagles, you see “merrily stubborn” and “amiable and determined.” What that means is “thinks you are an idiot but is please with the opportunity to laugh at you.”… read more
May 16 2014Jen Costillo (@r0b0ts0nf1r3) joins Elecia and Christopher to discuss their experiences interviewing (both as interviewer and interviewee). read more
May 15 2014I don’t think we talk about failure enough. Sure, everyone says “you have to fail, it is the best way to learn” but not one likes to talk about it. I thought about sharing a big failure story but I think, in the end, I’m not going to because it… read more
May 13 2014About a month ago, I had a little debate with myself on blogging for other sites, in particular turning my EELive presentation into a blog series. I decided that I hate flashing ads (no news there) and I’d like to be paid for my work (also, not a huge surprise).… read more
May 11 2014I love the manatee. But I’m about to get busy and I want to finish the tutorial before things come crashing down. And Elizabeth has been busy so… in the interest of taking away self-imposed obstacles, I moved forward on the are-you-ok plushie version. Don’t fear, the manatee (or maybe… read more
May 07 2014Christopher White (@stoneymonster) and Elecia celebrate a year in podcasting by talking about the show. Then they decide whether or not to change the name of the show to Embedded (yes).Elecia's list of current and soon activities:Hackaday Prize (SPACE!!!!!) and snooping on current entriesElement14 blog based on her EELive Internet… read more
April 30 2014Tenaya Hurst (@ArduinoWoman) shares her incredible enthusiasm for teaching Arduino and the San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation (The Tech). Being a geo-anthrop-actress, Tenaya teaches chemistry, geology, Arduino, and beginning wearables for the Tech, for their Galileo summer camp, for Oakland's Workshop Weekend, and on her own recognizance through her… read more
April 23 2014I usually say that if I am not blogging about my personal projects, I’m not working on them. That isn’t true this week. I’m afraid that if I take the time to write everything that is bursting in my head, I won’t get to continue working. So I’m going to… read more
April 23 2014Dr. Kevin Shaw, CTO of Sensor Platforms, spoke with Elecia about his career progressing from designing MEMS to building a company that makes sensor fusion algorithms. Wandering from the Internet of Things to Singularity University to power management in Android development, Kevin and Elecia had a wide-ranging conversation.Due in July,… read more
April 16 2014Lithium polymer (LiPo) batteries are strange beasts. I can’t simply measure the current voltage and tell you how full it is. (You can on throw-away AAs.) Worse, a nearly-full battery and a nearly-empty read about the same voltage until it become really empty and the battery dies. Determining the LiPo… read more
April 16 2014Nathan Tuck joined Christopher White (@stoneymonster) and Elecia White to chat about varied topics relating to being an embedded (and graphics) engineer (and manager).Nate works at NVidia on the Tegra K1-64. He mentioned some openings in his team at the end of the podcast, email the show to get a… read more
April 10 2014Happily, one of my co-conspirators in the are-you-ok widget knows how to sew which means that we can progress to the next steps of development: productization. Here is what it looks like now. That is distinctly not cute. The jar of frosted glass is to hide the LED, so it… read more
April 09 2014Jennelle Crothers (@jkc137) explained to Elecia what a technology evangelist does. Of course, it wasn't an embedded technology but it was still amusing. Plus, Elecia got to play with a Surface Pro.Check out Jennelle's blogJennelle and Elecia met at She's Geeky in Mountain View, CA. read more
April 08 2014In my ayok widget, I have a battery. To make it last, I want the high power things to sleep as much as possible. The Electric Imp is the largest power consumer, followed by the accelerometer, and then the battery-monitoring fuel gauge. Happily, the Imp has a low power mode.… read more
April 02 2014David Anders (Google+) joined Elecia to chat about open source hardware, what it means, how to do it, and why. Dave will be speaking at the embedded Linux conference in San Jose, CA on April 30th:9:00am: Panel: IoT and the Role of Embedded Linux and Android4:20pm: Hardware Debugging Tools5:20pm: Debugging -… read more
March 26 2014Josh Chan and Tarun Pondicherry, founders of Light Up (@Lightup or on Facebook), returned to the show. In episode 7, they were midway through their kickstarter, planning to make a product to teach electronics to elementary and middle school students. They've start shipping, even distributing, their MiniKits (other kits will ship soon!). Elecia asks… read more
March 19 2014Tony Rios from MEMSIC spoke with Elecia about inertial systems and tuning algorithms used in sensor fusion (i.e. Kalman). The IMU380 will appear soon, creating a whole line of relatively inexpensive quality inertial measurement and inertial navigation systems. Tony has a few embedded systems and algorithms positions open, for example, embedded… read more
March 12 2014Christopher White (@stoneymonster) and Elecia talk about the failed startups (and projects) they've been through, focusing on identifying how to discern the end is nigh. A nice collection of startups introspecting their failure.Wonderful, in-depth Everpix post-mortem.If you liked this episode, try 24: I AM A TOTAL FRAUD. read more
March 05 2014Micah Elizabeth Scott (@scanlime) came to talk about Fadecandy, a really neat way to control smart LEDs (NeoPixel, AdaFruit's term for the WS2812). The conversation ranged from beautiful LED control algorithms and open source embedded projects to triangle tessellations, art, and identity. AdaFruit has a great intro to Fadecandy.Fadecandy is open source… read more
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"One of the best-written books I have ever read."
"This is the book that I have wanted to write for many years, only Elecia has done a better job than I think I ever could. In addition to being an ideal introduction for developers new to embedded systems, you will also find advice for us seasoned practitioners that need some tuning-up of our skills. Kudos."
"Embedded systems are inherently object-oriented, yet many embedded software developers don't create systems with this methodology in mind. In her new book, Elecia White examines embedded software development with an object-oriented tilt, giving a fresh perspective to embedded firmware design. With her inherently readable writing style, Making Embedded Systems is both approachable and entertaining. For OOP software developers wanting to enter the world
of embedded systems, her book is a must read."
"Elecia has a lot to share and she's doing it in style with her book Making Embedded Systems. Making Embedded Systems is loaded with great information and wisdom. Those just learning embedded systems will find
many mysteries revealed with lots of definitions and how-to
advice. It's also a handbook for the experienced developer with the breadth and depth of the topics covered."
"I'm recommending this book to anyone who wants to become an embedded system developer. Making Embedded Systems is the book for a C programmer who wants to enter the fun (and lucrative) world of embedded systems. What makes embedded different is the synergy of the hardware and software, and this book delves deeply, and almost
uniquely, into the integration of the two. It's very well
written--entertaining, even--and filled with clear
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