Last night I was at a concert and it was amazing to see the way in which people use their cell phones these days. Gone are the Bic lighters that show the band playing on the stage that you are out there and listening. Last night there was a sea of lights from cell phones where it seemed as if about one in every ten people was taking pictures or videos of the tiny specks of people on the stage, a hundred yards or more away from them. They were paying attention to the tiny pictures on their screens rather than enjoying the concert. Then while one band was clearing the stage and the next one setting up, they had to post their pictures and videos on Facebook or wherever.
But just as you get used to something and find out how to fully exploit it, it changes on you, and the next change is coming. It is all part of what is called the Internet of Things, where tiny things everywhere become fully connected and accessible to those with the right access. Consider a concert where you can be connected with all of your friends, instantly sharing what you see, finding your friends using face recognition and utilizing the power of the cloud to do the necessary computation, connecting to cameras on the stage so you can see close up, or many other things that I have not even considered. The phone merely becomes the access mechanism to everything.
If this world excites you, or scares you, you may want to go to one of the keynotes at DAC this year (Monday June 3rd 10:25 – Ballroom ABC) being given by Gregg Lowe, President and CEO of Freescale Semiconductor. He will be talking about embedded processing that is driving the Internet of Things. Gregg will explore the key technology trends that are shaping the global market landscape and examine the application innovations and empowering technologies that are driving today’s high-growth market segments. Our communication networks will be used to connect objects more frequently than connecting people, and embedded systems in automobiles, traffic lights, security systems, appliances, industrial equipment and retail displays will be able to learn, adapt and react to the needs of our everyday lives.
Then on Tuesday (9:25 – Ballroom ABC) Dr. NamSung (Stephen) Woo, president of Samsung Electronics and GM of the System LSI business will be talking about smarter mobile devices and on Wednesday (11:25 – Ballroom ABC) J. Scott Runner of Qualcomm will be sharing the stage with Sanjive Agarwala of Texas Instruments to talk about designing mobile communications SoCs – handhelds to Infrastructure. I hope to bring you notes from each of these events but I would also be interested in your views on these events if you happen to be there. Drop me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org about these or any other DAC event and I will be happy to include them in one of my DAC postings.Brian Bailey
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