MANHASSET, NY -- The upcoming Embedded Systems Conference Boston has expanded into an umbrella venue for embedded system developers, hardware designers and engineers who just like to peek at what's "under the hood."
ESC Boston now emulates a medieval market for electronics design where there is something for almost anybody, including the "most forward-thinking minds in electronics LED design", according to the conference organizers, UBM Electronics, the parent company of EE Times.
DesignCon East is part of the hi-tech carnival tent, pitched on the east coast as mirror of its in Silicon Valley original.
And this expansion of foci has made it interesting to the casual Boston and surroundings design engineer who would spend time in the DesignDays Theater for free.
It's all part of a fascinating journey in "beantown". Registration to ESC Boston is open.
The theater will feature talks by such experts as Steven Dean, Global Medical Market Lead at Freescale Semiconductor Inc. on the next generation of home medical devices, displays and connectivity technology. Dean will detail Freescale-powered VGo Robotic Telepresence and the Home Health Hub as technologies that will enable in-home diagnostics, remote monitoring and telehealth.
Intel's Eric Mantion, Director of Social Media Strategy, Intel Embedded and Communications Group, will demo several Android and iOS apps as useful tools, such as an app that turns a phone into an oscilloscope and one that controls wireless speakers.
David Carey will do a teardown of Nonin's Onyx II Model 9560 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter. Carey is Vice President, Technical Intelligence, UBM TechInsights. A Samsung Galaxy teardown will also be featured.
Perhaps the most awesome teardown will be done by John Day, Technical Fellow, Field Applications Engineer at Microchip Technology Inc. The company's microcontrollers are the engine controllers of the iWalk PowerFoot BiOM Bionic Lower Leg System.
This year John Day, Technical Fellow, Field Applications Engineer at Microchip explains how a network of his company's three dsPIC33F Digital Signal Controllers enables the iWalk bionic lower leg system monitor and interprets the wearer's environment through accelerometer and gyro sensors to dynamically adjust the feedback force profile. How it works can be seen here.
The technical carnival-like, but serious, atmosphere continues outside the DesignTheater where attendees can win a Tektronix MSO2024 digital oscilloscope at the company's booth.
Meanwhile attendees can win a digital camera, Apple iPod, SatNav or a "mystery" prize at the XJTAG booth where every visitor receives a free entry to the company's online monthly competition. The competition at the XJTAG booth a scanne badge will qualify entrants a
winning combination to crack the XJTAG safe on this page. Every visitor receives a free entry
to the XJTAG online monthly competition.
XJTAG is based in Cambridge, UK, part of the Cambridge Technology Group, who has opened its first overseas office in Waltham, MA earlier this year. The company is a global supplier of IEEE Std. 1149.x compliant boundary scan development systems.
As ESC is an educational venue for engineers, it behooves for attendees to learn about the Embedded Android Lab where embedded developers go from zero to installing and using Android on real embedded hardware. UBM Electronics will grant a certificate to students who complete all 4 courses in the curriculum as evidence of their work.
Plan ahead and use a GPS to navigate among the four design conferences and get in on the possibility of winning a Chevy Volt: http://esc.eetimes.com/boston/driveforinnovation; that's definite fun drive.
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