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DAQifi’s New Wireless Data Acquisition Logger Empowering Big Data Trends


For the last 10 years, Colorado based company has been developing high-quality data acquisition systems that can be used in a number of locations and venues.  DAQ or data acquisition is a process for sampling and mapping signals that can quantity physical real world conditions into a set or series of values that can be gathered and measured by experimenters or data scientists.  Data loggers that use DAQ technology allow computers to convert analogy waveforms into complex digital values for processing.

Generally speaking DAQ systems function in a number of fundamental ways:

  1. Analog-to-digital systems that can convert sensor signals to CPU values.
  2. Sensor signals that can be converted into useable digital values.
  3. Physical parameters that can be quantified by electrical signals.

 DAQ systems rely on software protocols that are run using basic programs such as Basic, C++, Java, Fotran, LabView, Pascal and a host of other basic programs.  The term data loggers are usually reserved for stand alone systems that don’t integrate with other more complex systems.

While there are a host of open source softwares that allow users to use DAQ systems fairly comfortably the field has only recently opened up to private companies that have begun to build custom DAQ software.

The promise that DAQ systems bring to the modern economy is a powerful vehicle in which to allow data scientists to aggregate multiple streams of “big data”. Big Data is the structured exploration of hidden trends, patterns and variables within company or scientific data. It’s easier to think of it as patterns within an overly complex process that can’t be identified by humans.  Using regressive algorithms powered by increased processing power DAQ systems can help expedite the process.

DAQ-enhanced big data can benefit us in three major ways:

  • Allow innovation and improvement
  • Allow companies to find competitive advantages that weren’t precisely accesible
  • Identify inconsistencies and inefficiencies
  • Identify new cause and effect relationships

As discussed in a recent SAS article…

“The concept of big data has been around for years; most organizations now understand that if they capture all the data that streams into their businesses, they can apply analytics and get significant value from it. But even in the 1950s, decades before anyone uttered the term “big data,” businesses were using basic analytics (essentially numbers in a spreadsheet that were manually examined) to uncover insights and trends.

The new benefits that big data analytics brings to the table, however, are speed and efficiency. Whereas a few years ago a business would have gathered information, run analytics and unearthed information that could be used for future decisions, today that business can identify insights for immediate decisions. The ability to work faster – and stay agile – gives organizations a competitive edge they didn’t have before.”

As the global economy shifts towards more integrated networks having systems and methods like DAQ in place will allow companies to seamlessly transition into a big-data empowered global force.

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3 Big Windows 10 Changes You Should Know About


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Pic from PC advisor. 

Earlier this year Microsoft released it’s newest version of Windows.  Windows 10 is a major improvement above the previous operating systems and features some key components that were used in the older systems along with some much needed security and UX upgrades.

One of the biggest changes that many users noticed is that some of the touch and tablet options that were previously used for windows 8 have been combined with familiar Start menu options. We aren’t exactly sure why this upgrade was made, but you now have to look in an entirely new location to figure out how to turn your PC off.

Windows 10 also boasts a system that can run reliably on Windows Phones and even a number of small android based tablets.  Estimates say that Microsft hopes that by 2017 over 1 billion devices will be running the windows 10 system.

In a recent techradar article, we saw the new introduction of the Siri-wannabe Cortona

“Cortana, the Windows Phone assistant, shows up in Windows 10 as a search pane on the taskbar, which you can also trigger by saying ‘Hey Cortana’ – and when you start searching the Start menu. That gets you apps you have installed, documents you have access to, apps you could install from the Store, search results from the web and a range of other information – including from apps and services that integrate with Cortana.

You can set reminders for different times and places that appear on other Cortana devices, so you can get your Microsoft Band to remind you to take the rubbish out as you walk up to your front door.”

Not only are some of the new features in Microsoft Windows 10 slightly reminiscent of Apple’s products. The task switcher which is the trademark option that many Apple hardcore fans absolutely adore has also been copied in Windows 10.

User can now switch back and forth without the hassle of clothing any tasks in a UX experience that is eerily similar to Apple’s. PCWorld covered this feature in a recent writeup,

“Windows 10 atones for one of Windows 8’s greatest sins by returning the Start menu to its rightful spot in the lower left-hand corner of the desktop. But rather than focusing on desktop apps alone, the Windows 10 Start menu mixes in a dash of the Metro Start screen’s functionality, sprinkling Live Tiles of Windows 8-style apps next to shortcuts to more traditional PC software.

You can turn off that Live Tile functionality if you’d like, and even unpin all the Metro apps from the Start menu, returning it to purely desktop-focused glory. Or you can choose to have the Start menu expand to the full screen, and resize Metro apps to recreate a more Windows 8-like experience. The choice is yours.”

Although this isn’t the first time Windows has tried to simply its products, the end result is… unfortunately… quite uninspiring.  Windows products work, yet they lack the functionality and UX design that Apple maintains.  The trend for the last several years continues up to now with Windows requires 3rd party software in order to maintain it’s functionality.

windows 10Software like Microsoft toolkit which allow users to add additional functionality and combine multiple programs together in one seamless experience are an area that has been overlooked by developers in the past and continues to do so in the future.



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