Developer Saved Years Later by His Own Hardware

A great first-person tale of how hardware engineering saves lives every day. Thousands of people who otherwise would have died have instead been saved by these devices, now common in public facilities like schools and arenas. One very real way that miniaturization has effected the world; previous models were too bulky to store, too complex for “civilians” to use.

Hackaday

Bryan is a computer neophyte (he needs help turning his computer on), but he has a basketball story. His team was playing in a crucial basketball playoff game at the club. They were down by two late in the game and he just couldn’t get one of his players to play defense. This player was a great shooter and that is about it — burying a three that put the team up for the first time. After sinking it he just stood there admiring his masterpiece while Bryan screamed at him to get back on defense (he rarely played D and he didn’t that game either). Instead, he flat lined and went down on his face– heart attack!

Of course that player was me and that was an awful day. But I’m still around to tell the story… as a hardware designer years before I didn’t know that I’d bet everything on one…

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