BLOG: Days 2 and 3 at ESC -

BLOG: Days 2 and 3 at ESC

Here I am at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Silicon Valley and it's already Day 3. Day 2 went by like a blur, and I was so busy I didn't have time to send a blog. Each of the days featured a live Tear Down, and each was very different, and very unique.

The highlight of Day 2, which was Wednesday, was the live Tear Down of a Russian space suit. They didn't actually have the space suit there, as it costs about $2 million. But the guy who designed all the electronics was there, and he knew plenty about its operation. He was from Microchip. He played a video showing how the space suit is released into space, as a way of getting rid of it. Then he played some audio, translated from Russian to English, that was broadcast down from space. Very cool.

The live Tear Down on Thursday, Day 3, was of a Sony Rolly. If you're not familiar, the Rolly is an egg-shaped MP3 player (with speakers rather than headset use). The egg rolls around, extending its arms, literally dancing to the music. It's designed with six motors, a bunch of accelerometers, and a DSP. I've heard that the Rolly was the hit product at the recent Consumer Electronics Show.

That's all for now. I'll be back for one more day tomorrow.

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