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Hello Embedded.com

Happy Monday! (Or whatever day you happen to be reading this on). If you spend any time at all on EETimes.com, then hopefully you'll have seen my smiling face over there. If not, then please let me take a few moments to introduce myself.

My given name is Clive Maxfield, but everyone knows me as Max (the name of every dog and every robot in every science fiction film). In fact, just about everyone in my family shares this moniker, including my dad and my aunt (while they were both still alive) and my little bro', all of which led to some rather convoluted after-dinner conversations at family occasions.

My degree is in Control Engineering (now called Systems Engineering) from Sheffield Hallam University in England. My first job out of university was as a member of a team designing CPUs for mainframe computers. Since that time I've designed all sorts of stuff ranging from silicon chips to circuit boards, and from brainwave amplifiers to steampunk “Display-O-Meters.”

The reason I'm bending your ear here (I'm a poet, but I never knew-it) is that I'm going to be taking a more prominent role in the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC). In fact, there will be four ESCs this year — ESC Boston, ESC Silicon Valley, ESC Minneapolis, and ESC Brazil; I'm going to be coordinating the technical content for the three US events.

And it's because Embedded.com and ESC are so inextricably linked that you are going to be seeing a lot more of me over here. Now, I love technology in general and I love embedded systems in particular. I'm tremendously excited by the way things are evolving in Embedded Space (where no one can hear you scream) — things like embedded vision and embedded speech and augmented reality and… the list goes on.

Furthermore, for your delectation and delight, in addition to waffling on about typical technical topics, I will also be regaling you with tales of my own hobby projects, such as my Animatronic Robot Eyes, my Vetinari Clock, my BADASS Display, and my Pedagogical and Phantasmagorical Inamorata Prognostication Engine”.

I live for this stuff, so if you see or hear of any interesting scientific or technology-related nuggets of knowledge or tidbits of trivia, or if you run across any thought-provoking websites, or if you are working on a mind-boggling embedded system or an electronic hobby project that will make me squeal with delight — then I'm only ever an email away at .

Don’t be a stranger — have your people call my people and let's do lunch sometime (LOL).

— Max Maxfield, Connoisseur of Quirky; Collector, Editor, and Disseminator of All Things Fun and Interesting
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Join over 2,000 technical professionals and embedded systems hardware, software, and firmware developers at ESC Boston May 6-7, 2015, and learn about the latest techniques and tips for reducing time, cost, and complexity in the development process.

Passes for the ESC Boston 2015 Technical Conference are available at the conference's official site, with discounted advance pricing until May 1, 2015. Make sure to follow updates about ESC Boston's other talks, programs, and announcements via the Destination ESC blog on Embedded.com and social media accounts Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.

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6 thoughts on “Hello Embedded.com

  1. “Max – If all robots are named “Max” and all dogs are named “Max”, then I must conclude that robot dogs are named “K-9.” Or, something like that.nnIn any case, I'm looking forward to spending more time over here on Embedded.com.”

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  2. “Hi Duane, Max,nI seem to remember that Robby was the classic film name for a robot. nShows how old I am. nBefore that was Maria the robot doppelganger in Metropolis, did not see that one on first release.LOLnnHow about getting an ESC going in Portsmo

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  3. “Hi Crusty – I do remember Robby. Wasn't he in both the TV series “Lost in Space”, and the movie “Forbidden Planet”? I just watched Metropolis for the first time last year.”

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  4. “Hi Duane, Yes they are the ones, then I think there was Gort from The Day The Earth Stood Still ( the old one ). Did you understand Metropolis I found it need the wikipedia background? At least I now understand where the plot of Brazil came from.”

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