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Slideshow: Scenes From the 49th Design Automation Conference
6/18/2012

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This man escaped from a straitjacket while balancing on a plank over a ball, all while praising the virtues of Atrenta's Spyglass power optimization tool. It's unclear if the straitjacket was intended to be a commentary on the mental health of potential customers, but the running gag around DAC was that it would have been easier to escape from one than to close a deal on the show floor.
This man escaped from a straitjacket while balancing on a plank over a ball, all while praising the virtues of Atrenta's Spyglass power optimization tool. It's unclear if the straitjacket was intended to be a commentary on the mental health of potential customers, but the running gag around DAC was that it would have been easier to escape from one than to close a deal on the show floor.

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Rob Spiegel
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The face of automation
Rob Spiegel   6/18/2012 3:41:05 PM
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Nice slide show, Dylan. What a wild bunch of examples of automation. Silly me, I thought automation was all about sensors, servo motors, and Ethernet. I guess the final products show better than the wires and grease inside.

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Tim   6/19/2012 6:59:44 PM
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These are some pretty neat examples of automation.  For the trade show, a person might walk right by a booth that has a bunch of six axis robots sitting static, but if you have one of those robots playing air hockey, you will have a line around the block waiting to see your product.

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Rob Spiegel   6/19/2012 7:07:26 PM
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You're right, Tim. I attended a Microsoft user conference that featured tons of useful technology. They also had a surface computer displayed. The surface computer -- with little practical value -- got all the attention.

Cadman-LT
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What show?
Cadman-LT   7/3/2012 1:50:13 PM
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I didn't see more than a robot and a car. Well, some booths. Either that was a boring show, or you made it look boring.

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