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ESC Boston: You should have been there!

first_img Continue Reading Previous USB 3.x – Feeling the need for speedNext The well-lit path to the IoT Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. On the off-chance you didn’t make it to ESC Boston, I thought I’d share a few photos, videos, and links to other people’s columns to make you realize that you really should have gone LOL.First of all, as I mentioned in my Who, What, When & Where column, we held our traditional meet-up the night before the conference.(Source: Max Maxfield / Embedded.com) Starting from the right and going anticlockwise, we have Jonathan Torkelson, President and Principal Engineer at Embeddetech. Next, we have Mark Dobrosielski, whose work is so secret we can’t talk about it here (in fact, now I come to think about it, Mark wasn’t even there). Behind Mark we see Jacob Beningo, founder of the Beningo Embedded Group. Jacob has forgotten more about microcontrollers than I even knew.At the back, we find Adam Taylor, founder of Adiuvo Engineering and Training. Adam has forgotten more about FPGAs than I ever knew. (Now I come to think about it, hanging out with these guys does nothing for my self-esteem.) The guy with the great big beaming smile is Mike Anderson, Chief Technical Officer at The PTR Group. Last, but certainly not least, we have my new chum Stephane Boucher, who owns the EmbeddedRelated.com website.All I can say is that a good time was has by all. Then, suddenly, it was the next morning. “Oh dear,” I thought to myself (or words to that effect). As you can see from the photo below, the exhibit hall was bustling with activity.(Source: Max Maxfield / Embedded.com) You can’t really make it out in this photo, but the ESC Engineering Theater is in the far right-hand corner of the hall. This is where I gave my various presentations. On the first day, my main session was on Advanced Technologies. This is where I described what was happening with regard to things like cognitive (thinking, reasoning) systems, artificial intelligence, deep learning, embedded speech, embedded vision, virtual reality, and artificial reality.Stephane, who you may recall from the first photo, has a business taking photos and videos (including interviews) at conferences, and he kindly offered to record my Advanced Technologies session. In the photo below we see him setting up before the exhibit hall was opened up to the attendees.(Source: Max Maxfield / Embedded.com) I was really looking forward to seeing this video and showing it to my dear old mom. We had a jam-packed crowd and mom would have loved to hear the cheers of delight, see the tears of joy, and observe the standing ovation I received at the end. I only wish you could see this also; unfortunately, it was not to be. Stephane says that the audio feed the AV guys provided to him was of such a low quality that he stopped recording after the first few minutes (a little tear is rolling down my cheek as I pen these words). On a happier note, Stephane also says he will re-record this presentation when I give it again at ESC Minneapolis in November.Just to give you a tempting teaser, the following day when I hosted the Advanced Technologies Meet-Up, Stephane fitted me with his own radio microphone and recorded this video of the first few minutes of the session where I demonstrated a really cool embedded vision system that the folks at CEVA had loaned to me.What we see here is my notepad computer (in the middle of the table) presenting a random series of images on a small monitor (on the right of the table). We also have a webcam pointed at the monitor. The output from the webcam is feeding an embedded vision system implemented using a deep learning inference engine running on CEVA’s DSP IP, which — for the purposes of this demo — is implemented on a Xilinx FPGA. The inference engine identifies what it’s looking at and displays the result on the big screen (you can just see the edge of this screen in the upper right-hand side of the video).I have to say that this is so cool. When I was setting it up in the bay outside my office to check that I knew how to work everything before I set off for ESC, the other folks in the bay were standing around watching what was happening and exclaiming “No way!” (As soon as I get a spare moment, I’m going to set it up again and get all the folks in the building to come up and take a look.)Actually, thinking about it, I’ll start clearing an area as soon as I’ve posted this column, and I’ll try to get the system up and running tomorrow. I’d love to video their reactions to show to you. But we digress…For myself, I really enjoyed this ESC, and I heard great things about it from other attendees. I only wish I’d gotten to see more of the presentations, but I spent a huge amount of time sitting in the common areas chatting to people about all sorts of weird and wonderful “stuff.”I’d love to tell you more, but now I have the urge to set CEVA’s embedded vision system up again, so I will bid you adieu. But don’t despair, because I ran across this blog on LinkedIn that was written by someone who attended my Advanced Technologies talk (I hope you don’t have to be a member of LinkedIn to read it, but — thinking about it — you probably are, so that’s all right).And, last but not least (once again), we also have this Back from ESC Boston column by Stephane. As you’ll see, Stephane starts by describing his “should I stay or should I go” deliberations before ESC. I was chatting to my chum, Patrick Mannion, after the conference. Patrick said that he’d read Stephane’s blog and that he’d been going through the same thing. Eventually, Patrick decided that he’d got too much work going on and he decided not to attend, but he told me that reading Stephane’s blog had made him regret his decision. What can I say? You snooze, you lose (LOL).So, that’s it for the moment. Did you attend ESC Boston 2017? If so, what were your impressions? If not, do you plan on attending ESC Minneapolis 2017 or ESC Silicon Valley 2017 later this year?center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry last_img read more

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Bridgetek expands and enriches EVE toolchain

first_imgBridgetek has taken further steps to simplify the human machine interface (HMI) development process, by broadening the scope of the toolchain that accompanies its popular Embedded Video Engine (EVE) product portfolio. Several extra elements have now been added, plus major upgrades and augmentations made to the existing tools.A core aspect of this fully comprehensive toolchain is the new EVE Asset Builder (EAB). This easy-to-operate conversion utility makes HMI construction much more straightforward and saves considerable time, as it means that users do not need to remember the various command line options for each different constituent utility in their design. As well as covering conversion of image, audio and font files, this intuitive tool has video conversion functionality, too, along with an animation generator (for use with the latest generation of higher-end BT81X series EVE devices).Enhancements have also been made to the low-level EVE Screen Editor (ESE) element of the toolchain – which is intended to offer users a simple drag-and-drop environment in which they can start experimenting with EVE-based HMI projects. Helpful new usage examples can now be accessed (like those relating to the touch tracking function, use of high-quality Paletted8 bitmaps, bar graphs, etc.).With regard to the more sophisticated EVE Screen Designer (ESD) tool, which handles the entire workflow (with overall HMI design, widget design, simulation and export all encompassed), this now has capabilities that allow it to support all the functional aspects offered by Bridgetek’s BT81X devices. Notable among these are the use of larger, higher resolution images thanks to adaptive scalable texture compression (ASTC), as well as Unicode features, etc. There are numerous advanced BT81X specific example projects that can be readily utilized – including one focused on designing HMIs for electric vehicle charging points (a market that the company is currently seeing a great deal of interest from). Furthermore, additional widgets have been accommodated which complement the existing Dial, Clock and Slider options. Among these are Arc Slider, Circular Slider, Ring and Partial Ring.The improved toolchain adds support for the award-nominated VM816 touch-enabled TFT modules. This means that users can get an accurate evaluation of how their BT816 designs will be rendered on an actual display rather than just seeing an approximation on a PC screen. All of the elements in the updated EVE toolchain – comprising EAB v1.0, ESD v4.6 and ESE v3.1.6 – can be downloaded for free.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Deutschmann: all-in-one bus nodes based on ARM Cortex-M4Next ams: module accelerates development of ultrasonic water meterslast_img read more

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Digicel Hands Over Refurbished Redemption Arcade

first_imgSeveral vendors, who have sold their produce in the Redemption Market downtown Kingston for many years, were overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement when they saw the newly refurbished facility that was handed over to the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) by the Digicel Foundation on December 14, 2012 The facility has been repurposed from a ground provision market to a haberdashery and is now called the Redemption Arcade.  The project was implemented by the Digicel Foundation in partnership with the KSAC and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), through US$500,000 in funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID). A walk through the arcade reveals over 130 spanking new stalls made of metal mesh partitions with electrical outlets, a new roof and improved water, sanitation and waste management facilities. While most of the work has been done, the facility will not be ready for occupation by the vendors until January, as electrical work has to be completed to ensure the safety of vendors and shoppers. Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown-Burke, thanked the partners in the renovation exercise, noting that the project was a dream come true. “Today is really a very, very, good day because we have seen coming to fruition, a dream that we have long had. It’s something we have spoken about for so long and then we saw that glimmer of hope when we had the project approved, and it grew when we came and saw that work had started. Here we are today, almost at the finishing line… we are not quite ready for opening but I am proud of where we are today,” the Mayor said. Digicel’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Thorburn, spoke of his company’s commitment to the regeneration of the downtown Kingston area and noted that the renovation of the markets was only one of several activities that the company is involved in to make this happen. “Historically, the downtown Kingston market area has been an essential part of the life of Jamaica. Everyone is here trading and excitedly doing so, and today, we are part of the ceremony to formally open this new facility, where 130 plus vendors will be involved in being successful day-to-day. Digicel and the Digicel Foundation are delighted to be part of this and are looking forward to visiting when the vendors have moved in and also spending some money down here,” Mr. Thorburn said. United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Pamela Bridgewater, speaking on behalf of USAID, said the renovation of the market represents a significant and positive step in the urban renewal of downtown Kingston. She noted that the vibrancy of the community is something to be proud of and expressed hope that the partnership between government, private sector and community, which led to the success of the project, will be encouraged and replicated elsewhere. Vendor, Jennifer Ford, who has been selling in the market for 33 years, expressed pleasure at the newly renovated facility.  She is looking forward to moving in and has already chosen her stall. “I feel good about it (the market).  We will be taking good care of it because I use to take care of it before and I will continue to take care of it,” she said. Councillor of the area, Donovan Samuels, in giving the vote of thanks, urged the vendors and members of the community to protect the facility.last_img read more

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