The second day of the FTF opened with the keynote address, given by Freescale's CEO Michel Mayer.
The second day of the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) opened (at least for me) with the keynote address, given by Freescale's CEO Michel Mayer. As you would expect, there was some glitz and some whiz-bang, as Mayer showed off some of Freescale's latest technology.
Two products in particular stuck out in my mind. First was a pair of gloves that each held six accelerometers, one behind each finger and one behind the wrist (plus one band worn on the elbow and another further up the arm). The users wears the gloves, then performs sign language. Through some extensive processing (thanks Freescale), the sign language movements are converted to audio output. The demo was performed by a university professor on video.
The second product that caught my attention was the winner of Freescale's internal design contest. Again based on the company's accelerometer technology, the design was a replacement for today's conventional automotive brake lights. How it works is that as the car's rate of deceleration increases, the brightness of the brake light increases. Pretty cool stuff.
The rest of the day consisted mostly of updates of existing technologies, from ZigBee to Enea's "framework" topology of proving their customers with complete systems.
Hopefully Day 3 will produce a few more highlights.