ESC Robot Attendees

We’ve been hanging out in Boston at the ESC show. Yesterday was a busy day with lot’s to look at and lot’s of folks at our booth. Some human, some not. The Freescale people, just a few booths down, brought along a tele-presence robot.

The little guy wandered here and there a bit. It’s a cool concept, but I think it didn’t quite live up to it’s potential. They really should have registered it as an attendee. It did have a little card hanging around it’s neck, but I don’t see why it couldn’t have had a genuine show badge. If it were me, I would have had it actually stopping by booths, talking to people and collecting goodies.

Still, it was a fun demo and, presumably, an example of Freescale chips in action.

Duane Benson
I salute our new robot tradeshow overlords

Something Free at ESC

My post title rhymes. I’m a poet and don’t even know it.

So, what about that free thing at ESC? And is there a catch? Of course there’s a catch. There’s always a catch. This is a good catch, though.

If you are an electrical design engineer and are at ESC this May, come to our booth and see if you make the cut. The first 50 qualified electronic design engineers will get one of these things.

Yes, I’m being non-specific about the details. That’s a technique. It’s supposed to make you more curious. That’s what they tell me anyway.

The details:

  • Embedded System Conference, Silicon Valley
  • McEnery Convention center
  • San Jose, CA
  • May 3-5
  • We’re in booth 823.

    Duane Benson
    Robots for world domination!

    ESC Boston 2010

    I just got back from the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston. We go every year, along with the ESC show in San Jose. After the gloom at the show last year, I was pretty apprehensive.

    With so many mixed messages relating to the state of our economy, I really had no idea what to expect. Last year, our booth traffic was decent, but the theme of the day was “I’m between jobs”. Not good.

    ESC Bosto 2010 day one Looking back at the two days of this year’s show, I’m feeling a lot better about the state of at least the engineering segment of our economy. We started the show with a mob of people at our booth — all five of us blue shirts had people talking with us and a few more in waiting. I don’t think I stopped talking for the first two hours. After that, traffic slowed a bit and I was able to snap a few pictures. We had good crowds throughout both days of the show.

    We had our best opening day in the four years I’ve been here. There was no gloom like last year. I only spoke with one between jobs engineer the whole day. The throng of folks at the ESC booth for the backpack giveaway was intense. They were giving away 500 backpacks full of goodies, including a Ti robotics development kit. I’m not sure, but it looked like they got rushed by all 500 people just as the doors opened.
    We may not be out of the economic woods yet, but based on my view from the show floor, I’m feeling very upbeat and certainly am confident that our industry is back.

    Duane Benson
    “I love it when a plan comes together”