I make awesome gadgets!
San Jose, California
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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.
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
February 26 2014Evil Mad Scientist's Lenore Edman (@EMSL) talks about what evil mad scientists do on their path to world domination. Surprisingly, it consists largely of art, education, and soldering. Some EMS items we talked about:LED Menorah kit (solderless breadboard and soldering version).ATtiny2313 Target BoardsBristlebot: a very cute, easy to build mini robot We… read more
February 19 2014Jen Costillo (@r0b0ts0nf1r3) joined Elecia to talk about Jen's start-up: Bia Sport (@BiaSport). They discuss the difficulties of being in an underfunded start-up as well as the joys of shipping a new product and their upcoming conference talks.Jen discussed the company's focus on safety and privacy at the DesignCon sponsored Geek Girl Dinner.… read more
February 18 2014I know little blog, you are not getting the attention you deserve. Neither is the are-you-ok device. I’m spending a lot of time working and a lot of time with my podcast. Speaking of my podcast, several people have recently asked for statistics on the listeners. It would make more… read more
February 12 2014Producer Chris White (@stoneymonster) and Elecia discuss some insurmountable problems and some strategies for approaching them. Google it (or look on Stack Exchange).Explain the problem to someone else… even if they aren't there (use a stuffed animal or write a really detailed email, anticipating potential questions).Draw a picture (system/subsystem architecture or… read more
January 31 2014Dr. Karen Shell and Elecia talk about modelling vs. building models, ocean albedo vs. ice, climate vs. weather, and science vs. policy. They gloat about being on vacation only intermittently.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)NASA's climate change home Help run climate models on your home computer at climateprediction.netKaren's class will be looking… read more
January 22 2014Elecia gushes about her favorite logic (and protocol) analyzer to Saleae co-founder Mark Garrison. They also discuss start-ups, manufacturing, and covering yourself with rum and pretending to be a pirate when harbor patrol arrives. Saleae Logic 8 on Amazon (or from Saleae)Saleae Logic 16 on Amazon (or from Saleae)Space X reusable rocket… read more
January 15 2014Want to learn how to get from idea to schematic, through layout, all the way to physical boards? Elecia spoke with Chris Gammell about his Contextual Electronics course to teach the missing steps between what an EE learns in college and what an design engineer's job entails.Chris is co-host of the… read more
January 09 2014Elecia describes to Christopher (@stoneymonster) how to design and create a firmware update mechanism. Hilarity ensues. 4k PC emulatorMaking Embedded Systems, the book, on O'Reilly (coupon in last 2 minutes of the show) or on Amazon. Christopher tries to pay his bugs to go away. read more
January 02 2014Alison Chaiken (Google+) and Elecia discuss what you need to know to get into development for the automotive market. Check out Alison's she-devel site for a big list of links and resources or go to a Silicon Valley Automotive Open Source Group meetup to say hello. A small subset:Open source engine management system… read more
December 25 2013I had this idea for a way to revolutionize the gift card market, at least for digital media services like Amazon’s ebook or Apple’s iTune. Here is how it would work: 1. I’d buy a bunch of items that I didn’t really care if the receiver wanted but I liked… read more
December 24 2013Patrick Kane (@PSoC_Nation) is the director of the Cypress University Alliance, working with colleges to provide development kits and information to college (and high school) students.Happily, Patrick brought Elecia a new dev kit: CY8CKIT-042. read more
December 19 2013Producer Christopher (@stoneymonster) joins Elecia to look through their mailbag and talk about gift ideas.Podcasts we like:The Amp Hour99% Invisible Radiolab5x5 network’s Back to WorkAccidental techSplendid Table (food)Some listener suggestions on where to get small run boards made:http://www.cadsoftusa.comhttp://www.seeedstudio.com/service/index.php?r=sit e/pcbServicehttp://www.pcbcart.com/http://oshpark.com/Gift ideas (specifics):Dropcam and Dropcam ProNest thermostat and smoke alarm Online automatic backup services: Crashplan and BackblazeBooks:… read more
December 11 2013James Grenning (@jwgrenning) joined Elecia to talk about how to be a good programmer using Test Driven Development (TDD).James' excellent book on how to use TDD: Test Driven Development for Embedded Systems Take a class from Renaissance SoftwareManual test is not sustainable blog post, from James' blogLegacy code challenge from GithubSOLID design principlesIterative… read more
December 04 2013Kathleen Vaeth of MicroGen Systems (@MicroGenSystems) spoke with Elecia (@LogicalElegance) about energy harvesting using MEMS devices.Some introductory videos:BOLT™ Micro Power GeneratorAn energy harvester enables TI eZ430 with Linear LTC3588 While we missed it on the show, Kathleen also wanted to mention MicroGen Systems' finite element modeling partners: SoftMEMS and Open… read more
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Webcast: A Gentle Introduction to Embedded Systems Programming
"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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