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Michael Parks, P.E. is the co-founder of Green Shoe Garage, a custom electronics design studio and embedded security research firm located in Western Maryland. He produces the Gears of Resistance Podcast to help raise public awareness of technical and scientific matters. Michael is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Maryland and holds a Master’s degree in systems engineering from Johns Hopkins University.


Differences Between Python and MicroPython Mike Parks
Python is a popular language for both desktop and embedded development. However, not all implementations are the same. Developers should be aware of the many differences between the reference implementation of CPython and the embedded-oriented MicroPython.

Software Development Tool Trends for Embedded Hardware Mike Parks
The recent push toward more open source ecosystems has had an arguably net positive effect on the robustness and user-friendliness of many embedded development tools. Here is a look at software developments that have and are continuing to make significant changes to the workflow of embedded system developers.

Practical Tips for Embedded System Security Mike Parks
The sheer number of embedded system devices makes them an increasingly valuable target for bad actors looking to run illegal botnets and cryptocurrency mining operations. This blog outlines practical security measures developers can use in their embedded designs.

Tips and Tricks for Low-Power Embedded Design Mike Parks
Low-power design is crucial for battery-operated devices or devices that rely on energy harvesting technologies. Here, we address the big picture architecture-level questions and considerations in low-power embedded design.

Democratizing AI Development with Edge Impulse Mike Parks
Learn how the democratization of development tools such as Edge Impulse enables designers to create objects imbued with AI-based capabilities

ArduPy: When Arduino Met Python Mike Parks
What do you get when you combine the Arduino ecosystem with the power of the Python programming language? ArduPy! An exciting toolset that lets embedded developers use MicroPython software development while leveraging the suite of Arduino libraries for various third-party hardware sensors and actuators.

CircuitPython: Embedded Python for Education Mike Parks
Bridging the gap between desktop programming and embedded development does not need to be complicated. CircuitPython is an exciting new programming language that targets the education market to help foster the learning of both computer programming and electronics.

Zerynth: A Python Framework for IoT Devices Mike Parks
Python-based software development frameworks such as Zerynth allow embedded systems developers to quickly and reliably create powerful solutions that tend to be more secure and power-efficient than writing firmware from complete scratch.

Introduction to Embedded Python Mike Parks
The Python programming language is available in various implementations geared specifically towards embedded firmware developers. Each implementation attempts to be compliant with CPython; however, each has unique design-driven attributes that should be understood.

AI on the Edge: Microchip and Embedded Machine Learning Mike Parks
Machine learning is giving rise to a new generation of automation technologies in terms of scale and capability. Integrating ML into new or existing products has never been easier. Microchip’s powerful combination of 32-bit microcontrollers and MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) empowers you to go from idea to product fast.

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