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Caveat emptor - what to know before trying to beat a consumer system into a scientific instrument

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2 Author(s)
DiDio, J., III ; Dept. of Earth & Environ. Eng., Columbia Univ., NY, USA ; Chonacky, Norman

The authors review a technological process and describe the lessons learned from engaging in it. On the surface, the main issues are the trade-offs in developing a "product", in this case, a directionally sensitive light sensor for environmental monitoring applications, using either a "build it" or "buy it" approach. The design criteria include performance specifications for resolution, robustness, and scalability, but the bottom line is cost.

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Computing in Science & Engineering  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 1 )