With the floor populated by jugglers, acrobats, and magicians, the 49th annual Design Automation Conference (DAC) at times seemed more like a medieval fair than a high-tech tradeshow. Not that you couldn't find evidence of modern society.
There was, of course, a car on the show floor (a modern requirement for any tradeshow, no matter how far removed an industry is from the automotive business). And Aldec Inc.'s booth featured a robot that, if you made the mistake of talking to it, seemed a little too desperate to make friends.
Click on the image below to see a few scenes from the show.
Aldec's talking robot had a pleasant voice and was charmingly quick with a joke, but in the end, it seemed just a little too eager to make friends.
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.
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.
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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