Engineering a Halloween Costume

October 28, 2021 | Blog
Every year, Indesign, LLC has a fall festival. Traditionally, we have a company Halloween costume contest, office decoration contest, pumpkin carving contest, and trick-or-treating in the office for all family and friends. It is a lot of fun! One of my favorite parts is the giant black cat straddling the office wall. Sorry for the blower fan that ends up on your desk, Sydney. My son has always dressed up as a robot for Halloween (maybe he’ll grow up to be a nerd like me). My wife is a very creative person and makes costumes by hand with the kids, and one year I decided to help in the best way I knew how. I dusted off my old Arduino from back in the day when I wrote firmware for fun instead of for a living. I proudly used this same Arduino to demo one of my personal projects when I interviewed for a job. In this case, for Halloween, I programmed it to display a little Halloween greeting on an LCD. I also wired up some seven-segment LEDs to create a flashing message. Powered by a USB battery pack, it turned out pretty well, and he loved it! Don’t let the serious look on his face fool you. Trust me… he loved it. We made our rounds through the office, collecting way more candy than a responsible parent would allow. There are probably a hundred photos from the fall festival. Everyone always has a blast, and it’s fun to browse through photos of everyone that came and see all the kids’ costumes. After the fall festival at Indesign, we walked around the neighborhood. This is a great memory for me and my family and for the folks at Indesign. Mixing technology with Halloween is only natural for an embedded software engineer, and it made for an extra fun costume and hopefully an enjoyable blog. I’m thankful that I enjoy my job and that I was able to enhance the holiday for my son using the skills I use every day at Indesign. I hope it showed him and the other kids that engineering is fun and creative! Contact Us At Indesign, LLC, our team has the expertise, experience, and passion for engineering and design services. We have helped a variety of markets design and develop embedded electronic products for over 20 years. Our product development process ensures that we deliver high-quality projects on schedule and on budget. If you are interested in learning more about our engineering & design services, contact us today at (317) 377-5450!
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The Developers Toolbox

April 22, 2020 | Blog
Tools make the difference. Back when I started working at Indesign, there was a lot to be excited about: a group of engineers who shared my love for building high tech things with the latest technologies, countless cool project teams to join, and oh, so much to learn. But one thing stood out in a way that surprised me. The firmware engineering supply cabinet. As a firmware engineer, I work at the intersection of hardware and software, and one of the fundamental tools in a firmware engineer’s toolbox is the development kit or “dev kit.” A circuit board that’s used to demonstrate the capabilities of an integrated circuit or electronic system. On my first tour, that supply cabinet was like a treasure trove overflowing with my favorite flavor of nerd candy: dev kits, of all kinds, representing countless technological possibilities for all the cool products I would help design. I couldn’t believe it. The feeling of empowerment was almost overwhelming. All that gear to get the job done, at the ready. At the time you might have found dev kits with a microcontroller or a digital signal processor, maybe sensors, and maybe some kind of wireless connectivity like WiFi, cellular, or Bluetooth. Today you might find an NVIDIA Jetson dev kit packed with 512 NVIDIA CUDA cores and 64 Tensor cores. Talk about candy! As the tour continued I was stuck on the supply cabinet. The raw excitement gave way to a humbling assurance: at Indesign, I would have what I need. The physical hardware was easy to recognize, but as time went by I found I was rarely wanting for tools of any kind, hardware or software. I had practically all the software tools I would ever need as well. And oh, we don’t have that? You need it? Let’s talk about getting it. How is this lavish, get-whatever-you-need mode of operation possible? It’s because of the needs of our employees are not their own. They reflect of the needs of our clients, and at Indesign, client satisfaction is our number one priority. It’s the reason for our past success and continued existence. Our primary objective is to give them what they want, and that means our toolbox is constantly stocked with almost anything necessary to make it possible. And you don’t need a sweet tooth to appreciate that. Contact Indesign at (877) 561-0274 to learn more today!
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