Good grief – I'm too young for all of this excitement. I spent all last week at Design West 2013, which turned out to be one of the best shows I've attended in the last 30+ years.
I cannot tell you how much I was running around. First, I ended up hosting / moderating one session on the Internet of Things (IoT) and another session introducing 10 computer languages in only 45 minutes (phew!). Also, I gave two papers of my own. In addition to the speaking part, you are always nervous that no one will actually show up to hear you talk, so it was extremely gratifying to have full audiences for my papers (one of my presentations was "standing room only" … and it was held in a BIG saloon … so I was very happy indeed).
Of course, one of the "stars of the show" was CapNet – the world's first wireless mesh network to be deployed in 250 propeller beanies:
People were clamoring to attend the free 45-minute hands-on speed-training sessions so as to receive their own beanies. In fact, one attendee became so disgruntled upon discovering there were no more vacancies in the training that security had to be called to escort him from the show and from the building – I don’t recall ever seeing anything like this at a technical conference before.
For the past 30 years, Stacy has roamed the aisles playing his five-string banjo powered by his propeller beanie and sporting his 49ers cape. Stacy is also the owner of Interstellar Propeller – the company from whence we obtained the propeller beanie base units. When Stacy first heard that we were implementing a wireless mesh network in his propeller beanies, he said (with a voice choked with emotion) "I've waited almost 40 years for this day!"
Stacy came down to Design West wearing his full regalia (including 49ers cape and propeller beanie) to see CapNet in action. In addition to presenting the prize at the end, Stacy was also kind enough to play his banjo during the Great CapNet Giveaway in which the beanies voted to elect a winner ("One beanie to rule them all…")
All-in-all I had a wonderful time … now all I need to do is recover :-)
If you found this article to be interest, visitMicrocontroller / MCU Designline where – in addition to my Max's Cool Beans blogs on all sorts of "stuff" – you will find the latest and greatest design, technology, product, and news articles with regard to all aspects of designing and using microcontrollers.
Also, you can obtain a highlights update delivered directly to your inbox by signing up for my weekly newsletter – just Click Here to request this newsletter using the Manage Newsletters tab (if you aren't already a member you'll be asked to register, but it's free and painless so don't let that stop you [grin]).
Last but certainly not least, make sure you check out all of the discussions and other information resources at All Programmable Planet. For example, in addition to blogs by yours truly, microcontroller expert Duane Benson is learning how to use FPGAs to augment (sometimes replace) the MCUs in his robot (and other) projects.