Another thought comes up in looking at this site; as a learning tool it handles one of the biggest barriers to learning or study tech - lack of mass. When you have someone come into your organization who has vague ideas of what you're trying to discuss, you'll see some very specific indicators: boredom or exasperation for example. When you have the ability to bring the person in contact w/ the object, the problem resolves. In lieu of that, you need to have photographs or videos at hand because they now represent the promise or hope of the mass of the object. Written or spoken words are symbols that don't fill the void.
May sound trite, but don't ever understimate the impact this can have on productivity.
I enjoyed reading Al's post. Like Barbara I too spent many hours getting my brain wrapped around electronics terms and technology. In my "cub reporter" days, the bulk of my education was at a diner along the Rt. 110 corridor on Long Island where I'd get full conceptual understanding of EEPROM mechanics on a napkin sketch over breakfast.
Excellent article. I was unware of this website and all of the videos and information. I checked some of them out and they are done very well. It is great to know there is at least one company helping make sure their customers and other interested parties stay informed and help further their knowledge.
Al Marg, we can say such seminars and education series are value added service for the customers. I had attended the X-Fest last year and I feel that it’s comfortable way to interact with different vendors and service providers. The one best think I liked is demo part and opportunity to evaluate certain chips and on boards.
Thanks a lot for the link. Let me confess, I was not aware of this site before. But when I visited the website I found lot of informative stuff that too in video format. I am sure I will keep visiting this site regularly.
Can't say I was really aware of this! I do think your statement that no one has such a robust tech showcase of videos such as these is completely valid. I certainly can't think of anyone off the top of my head that is doing anything like this with the same level of quality and at the same level of scale that Avnet is...
I've used the videos for research. No matter how many times someone explained an embedded system to me, I couldn't grasp the concept. Finally, found a demo on AvnetOnDemand that helped me figure it out.
If somebody asks me, to make a selection of companies do I choose as an innovative .My answer will include Avnet for sure. I checked out the videos and are very interesting with a lot of information and Knowledge.
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