Issue No. 01 - January/February (2004 vol. 6)
Joseph DiDio III , Columbia University
Norman Chonacky , Columbia University
<p>When flexibility is possible or desired and cost is paramount, commercial-off-the-shelf products might be suitable and preferable for scientific applications--as long as you are willing to take the time to investigate and flesh out the inadequacies and drawbacks. If you can succeed in developing a scientifc sensor network by taking advantage of a rich pool of intelligent and powerful consumer electronics, you can simultaneously collect valuable and meaningful data, inspire students, and bask in the idea that somewhere out there, MacGyver would be proud.</p>
J. DiDio III and N. Chonacky, "Caveat Emptor: What to Know Before Trying to Beat a Consumer System into a Scientific Instrument," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 6, no. , pp. 5-11, 2004.