Happy New Year! I had sat down prepared to blog about design for manufacturing this month. … But – still excited from CES 2017, and from our holiday gift exchanges – Amazon Echo’s Alexa has captured our attention. Amazon’s Echo Alexa (and other Voice AI devices) are providing us interesting new ways to interact with our electronic products and information.
Our valued and trusted FAEs with Microchip have given us the green flag….so we are going all-in with Harmony. Harmony entices with some excellent potential for tighter integration of library features for easier development and integration of proven implementations. We all have agreed that the old style of Microchip sample projects had to go. Too many portage issues in the journey through the “forest of #defines” that had to be traversed to bring the sample code from demo kit to actual hardware. So we have been monitoring Harmony’s maturation and acceptance.
We give up! You win. Our customer had a great idea to use the Android tablets and smartphones to emulate a USB stick so field technicians could do in-field firmware upgrades using the phone in their pocket and the USB port on the manufacturers equipment. Our proof of concept in January worked great – so we wrapped an App around the concept. But before testing could even begin, Android changed the default file structure for the USB emulation. Then started limiting connections. Now blocking flash drive emulation. Must be security driven. Too bad! Our customer had a great idea.