Author Archives: Steven Pickles

Hillsboro, Oregon

I got here early to avoid Hurricane Wilma and any possibility that the storm had to disrupt my leaving Orlando and getting here to Oregon on time. Thankfully, Intel was open to the idea of me coming out a day … Continue reading

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Billiard Ball Detector, Part 0.1

Along with Kari I have started a new project to detect billiard balls using computer vision. It doesn’t sound like something that is too difficult to accomplish and I hope it isn’t — but it will be the first step … Continue reading

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Norway Pictures Posted

After several days of trying to get the 100 Mb of data uploaded to the server, the photo gallery has been updated with Norway content. Pages eight and nine contain the three photo stitched panoramic views that I believe came … Continue reading

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Tonight at the VLDB conference banquet we were served something I’ve never eaten before: reindeer. To complement the entree was a starter of poached scallops with white wine, and a dessert of white chocolate and orange mousse. As for entertainment … Continue reading

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Demo Number 1

This morning the VLDB presentation of the software and demo went well, and this afternoon it was time for the actual demonstration to the conference participants. We had a total of seven sensor platforms ( that went on to the … Continue reading

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Trondheim Sights

Since the conference didn’t start until today I was able to get out and do some sightseeing in and around Trondheim yesterday. I mentioned in a previous post that two of the most famous landmarks in the city are the … Continue reading

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The Flight Over

I’m finally here in Trondheim, Norway, after about 18 hours of travel. The flight from Orlando to Amsterdam was delayed an hour so getting into Amsterdam an hour later made it difficult to catch the Fokker 100 jet over to … Continue reading

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LMD18200 H-Bridge Motor Driver

After months of procrastination, I have finally put together the project page for the LMD18200 H-bridge motor driver. I uploaded all of the schematic and PCB documents as well as a simple bill of materials.

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Smart House in The Post

In the Residences section of today’s edition of The Palm Beach Post, my dad came across one of the research projects that I’ve been involved with and working on for the past eight months. The Gator Tech Smart House is … Continue reading

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When Words Can Make Skin Crawl

When I hear something like the following, all I want to do is die: “… congratulations to [some person] and their team over at [some company] …” It seems fake, impersonal, and the fact that people seem to be so … Continue reading

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