• The $4 Billion Omelet: Part I

    This is the story of a $4 billion omelet. Only this one is not made of eggs, vegetables and cheese, but steel, concrete and massive amounts of innovation. The Engineering Mind has possibly never worked harder. Our story begins in the 1970s when Bosto...
    • 12 Sep 2019
  • What's Next for Project Playtime?

    The timeline for ADI’s Project Playtime is ending, but the mission, relationships, and project development will continue. What’s next for the teams spotlighted in previous Engineering Mind blog posts? User Feedback, Please! A common theme...
    • 6 Aug 2019
  • Boston's Back Bay: The Original Big Dig

    It was a project so big, it still boggles the mind. Two Boston entrepreneurs would stretch the limits of the era’s technology when, in the mid-1800s, they filled in 568 acres of fetid swampland, enabling its transformation into one of America&r...
    • 30 Jul 2019
  • Is the World's Fair Dead?

    It was 1900 when Henry Adams, historian and scion of a family which produced two American presidents, walked the Gallery of Machines at Paris' Great Exposition and stopped to brood before a working exhibit of a dynamo. In his landmark "Educa...
    • 16 Jul 2019
  • Empowering Children in Cork: Project Playtime

    The ADI office in Cork counts approximately 80-90 people, counting for a very small percentage of the total number of ADI employees around the globe. But small numbers don’t mean small efforts! And ever since its launch, Project Playtime sounde...
    • 25 Jun 2019
  • Project Playtime is Building Independence in Limerick

    When you enter a dark room, you simply flick a switch to turn on the light. If you dislike the current song on your playlist you skip to the next one with a light touch. We take these basic actions for granted every day but for some individuals ...
    • 12 Jun 2019
  • The Road to Nowhere

    Every workday over 250,000 vehicles jam Route 128 here in Eastern Massachusetts. That is way beyond its designed capacity, with the resulting traffic jams raising the tempers of commuters along with the temperatures of their engines. To accommodate g...
    • 11 Jun 2019
  • Let Me Be Your Eyes

    Do you ever feel helpless when the power goes out and darkness surrounds you? Imagine living your life in total darkness every day - this is what it is like in the daily life of a blind person. Simple tasks become more challenging but they can b...
    • 21 May 2019
  • The Slave Who Saved a City

    His name was Onesimus. At least, that was the name by which he became known to the people of Boston. We don’t know the name his parents gave him because when he was just eleven years old he was taken by force from his West African village and p...
    • 15 May 2019
  • FIRST Robotics Wrap Up: Billerica Bionics

    The FIRST competition has come to an end, to conclude our blog series we want to congratulate the teams on their successes. We are incredibly proud of all the teams, especially the teams that we were able to sponsor this past year. We cannot wait to ...
    • 14 May 2019
  • Squeeze Toys for Sensory Integration

    What is sensory integration? Why is it important? Sensory integration is the way our brains organize and interpret basic human sensory information which include sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.Poor sensory integration can mean delays in langu...
    • 7 May 2019
  • Season Wrap Up: FIRST Westwood Robotics Team:1757 Wolverines

    In this blog series we have talked to teams about their FIRST Robotics season, the struggles they have faced, and the experience they’ve gained through being apart of their school’s FIRST Robotics teams.  The FIRST Robotics Worl...
    • 29 Apr 2019
  • Leveling the Playing Field - Board Games for All!

    Back in Dec ‘18,  when the NGO Samarthanam visited us, we were filled with awe, looking at the expertise of their visually challenged volunteers  in using computers and mobile phones. They were able to use them just like anyone w...
    • 24 Apr 2019
  • 2019 FIRST Robotics District Chairman Award Winners: Team 3467 - The Windham Windup

    This week, we take you inside the FIRST Robotics Team 3467- The Windham Windup. This team consists of 30 members all with the same mission: to cultivate interest, understanding and skills in the field of engineering and technology. The team encourage...
    • 12 Apr 2019
  • Toys for All: Hand Games for the Visually Impaired

    I remember, I remember,  Where I was used to swing,  And thought the air must rush as fresh  To swallows on the wing;  My spirit flew in feathers then,  These lines from the famous poem ‘I Remember, I Remember’ by...
    • 12 Apr 2019
  • The Speed of Communication

    Five billion people sent almost 10 trillion texts last year. Even more remarkable is most of those texts got to their intended recipient within seconds. It is hard to explain to people born after Bill Clinton was President how it wasn’t always ...
    • 10 Apr 2019
  • Behind the Scenes: FIRST Robotics Team 5962 - perSEVERE

    In this edition of Behind the Scenes, we talked to FIRST Robotics Team 5962 - perSEVERE based out of the Merrimack Valley. Lead by team mentor Mike Johnston, this team has had tremendous success as of late. Established in 2016 this team has coll...
    • 29 Mar 2019
  • Improving Connections by Enhancing Communication

    As we formed the team and got set up and ready for Project Playtime in Greensboro we knew we were tasked with creating something that could positively impact the lives of differently abled individuals. If we were going to be successful in our endeavo...
    • 26 Mar 2019
  • Behind the Scenes: FIRST Robotics Team 5679 - Girls On Fire

    Welcome to our FIRST Robotics blog! Analog Devices sponsors 24 teams in the FIRST Robotics competition each year. This week, we go behind the scenes with the FIRST Robotics Team 5679 - Girls On Fire. Lead by Analog Devices, Kristen Chong, these ...
    • 26 Mar 2019
  • Focus on Futbol - Team Spotlight

    Welcome back to the Project Playtime blog. This week we will begin a series of team spotlights; first up, Focus on Futbol! The Focus on Futbol team includes eight dedicated and enthusiastic employees from multiple locations and groups throughout the ...
    • 13 Mar 2019
  • Local Teams, Global Impact

    What do Frugal Innovators, Toy Story and Lemons have in common? These are just a few of the cool team names chosen by those partaking in Project Playtime. This week, we will introduce you to our local teams, their projects, and progress in the first ...
    • 26 Feb 2019
  • Solving Problems While Having Fun: Introducing Project Playtime

    Welcome to the Project Playtime blog! This biweekly installation will include details on teams from all over the globe participating in Project Playtime. We will share their stories of trials and triumphs as well as many impressive philanthropic...
    • 14 Feb 2019
  • Was This Man the World's First DJ?

    His name was Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, and some say that what he did in December 1906 led to Wolfman Jack, Martin Block, Murray the K and anyone else (including yours truly) who made a living playing records on the radio. For, if the story is true, ...
    • 7 Feb 2019
  • The "Burning Issue" with Resistor Cords (and how to solve them)

    In a previous blog, “Philco Radio and the Changing of ‘State of the Art’ Technology,” I wrote how, beginning in the mid-1930s, manufacturers of AM radios used a new circuit design, most often containing five tubes, which becam...
    • 17 Jan 2019
  • Top 11 Finalists: Anveshan 2019 Fellowship

    We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our contest. We saw incredible stories of passion, perseverance, and creativity. The big day is almost here and excitement is building!  We’ve spent the last week locked in de...
    • 10 Jan 2019