The Obligatory CES Wrap Article

CES 2018 is in the bag. There were some highs and lows as the show continues to grow and slowly encompass the entire Vegas Strip. This is my unofficial awards ceremony for this years CES.

Most Omni-Present Tech

Google. Google, everywhere. This CES was definitely the battle of the virtual assistant market share and “hey google” was making a big splash. From wrapping the monorail to banners covering entire buildings to the oompa-loompah like assistants running all around the show it was hard to get away from Google. However, while Google had the crown for the most marketing materials it seemed like developers were leaning more towards Alexa in the vendor booths.

Runner Up (tie)

Screens. It’s no surprise for a show that started partially as a showcase for televisions that screens are still king at CES. From the massive LG OLED canyon to wafer thin screens that worn as watches, there were screens of all shapes, sizes and clarity were everywhere.

Robots. Every shape, style and size of robot was on display. From autonomous two wheel “tank” bots cruising the aisles to small desktop balancing robots responding to voice commands the robots were at CES in a big way this year. My personal favorite was Buddy, who looked like he came straight out of a Pixar movie.

Coolest Product

Yamaha Motoroid Motorcycle. Straight out of Akira and looking stupid fast even sitting still that bike was the slickest thing I saw at CES and I found myself constantly walking back to it.

Line I Wish I Stood In

Teslasuit. There were a lot of VR/AR experiences and a line to go with everyone of them. However, the standout seemed to be the Teslasuit full haptic feedback suit and I wish I would have experienced that one first hand. Next year.

Loudest Exhibit

BMW Driving Experience. Serving up more donuts than Dunkin, the perpetual drift track was as loud as it was impressive.

Most Impressive Demonstration

MyDevices.
For this one you had to go to the mydevices suite in Mandalay Bay. If you were lucky enough to get invited you saw Benny Estes, product manager for mydevices put together a complete working sensor suite from scratch. Using auto-discovery and QR codes Benny took devices out of the box and had them online and reporting to a central dashboard in a matter of seconds. Truly inspiring to see how quickly you could deploy and the variety of sensors you can have available.

Party Crasher

Mother Nature.  In the first two days of CES Vegas get one quarter of their annual rainfall. Flooded parking garages, puddles and disabled outdoor escalators were just some of the downsides to this water show. Soggy shoes and walking 18,078 steps is a bad combo. The power outage in north hall on day 3 was also attributed to the rains.

Favorite Swag

There was a lot of the typical swag at CES this year, as to be expected, but for me a few booths stood out. CNET provided hand screened canvas bag made to order while you wait. I went with the timeless 70s logo, mainly because my other selection “so many gadgets, so little time” was too popular.

Strangest Product

A pill you ingest to help you predict and notify you when you are going to experience flatulence. Not sure if you get a text, or how you are notified of the pending eruption. Taking the Internet of Things a bit too far?

CES MVP

Security. This show is massive. Almost unimaginably massive. It has a footprint spanning from the LVCC to the Aria with stops everywhere in between, and is even larger if you count vendor suites. The security was amazing. Omnipresent, but not intrusive you were never far from help but also never standing in long lines for bag searches. Incredibly well choreographed and coordinated from the K9, to LVPD, to the convention center security they were hitting on all cylinders. #vegasstrong

Runner Up

Monorail.  My personal favorite mode of travel the monorail kept whisking attendants away to the next venue or to the after parties on a smooth schedule and even at peak hours never seemed over crowded.

Favorite Non-CES Moment

I ran into Caesar’s Forum shops to get out of the rain and saw an Optimus Prime sculpture in a storefront. I took a picture and sent it to my son, who is currently an Optimus fan. When I got home I asked if he got the picture and my son said that he had and asked me, “He’s not real, is he?” and thanks to being to CES 2018 I could answer the question truthfully, “Not yet.”

Practical Guide to Getting Started with the TS-7670

This practical guide gives us an opportunity to take a relaxed approach to getting started with the TS-7670 single board computer. We’re going to take a look at how to make our first connections, and setup the network. These are usually the first things we do before starting development. In the grand scheme of things, this is just a friendlier extrapolation from the official TS-7670 manual, so be sure to keep it handy for more advanced topics and specific details. The only assumption being made is that you’ve purchased the TS-7670 with a development kit, including the pre-programmed microSD card. Right then, let’s get started!

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Getting Started with GPS on the TS-7670

One big draw to the TS-7670 is the GPS receiver feature. When paired with a wireless network, such as through WiFi or cellular, it becomes a powerful tool in asset tracking or geo surveying. In this quick guide, we’re going to go through what it takes to get GPS working and how to read the data.

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All Your Base(plate) Are Belong to Us!

Print Your Own Baseplate for Development and Prototyping

Abstract

A new development baseplate and accessories for the TS-7670, TS-7680, and TS-7970 are now available for 3D printing. The main baseplate features standoffs for securing the single board computer (SBC), clip mounts for cable management, and tabs for attaching accessory boards. The accessory boards include a full sized breadboard mounting plate, and two (vertical and horizontal) half-sized breadboard mounting plates with compartments for organizing resistors and components. Two different sized cable clips are also included. You can download the STL files for 3D printing by referring to the product webpage in the resources tab, or directly here:

Development Baseplate and Accessories for 3D Printing

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“HALT 2: Preparation is Everything” Published in EECatalog.com

EECatalog.com both published and featured the second of a multi-part article “HALT 2: Preparation is Everything“, written by our very own Alan Brown, Marketing Communications Manager.  In it, he covers tips, tricks, and lessons learned as Technologic Systems prepared for and underwent HALT.  Be sure to take a look!

HALT 2: Preparation is Everything

“What is HALT?” Published in EECatalog.com

EECatalog.com both published and featured the first of a multi-part article “What is HALT?“, written by our very own Alan Brown, Marketing Communications Manager.  In it, he introduces what HALT testing is, what it isn’t, and how it compares to other tests.  Be sure to take a look!

What is HALT?

Hot Off the Press: Working with I2C Sensor Devices

Nuts and Volts has published the article “Working with I2C Sensor Devices” in the July 2017 issue.  It walks you through how to interface with an I2C device using a single board computer.  Be sure to visit your local bookstore and pick up a copy while they’re available!

http://www.nutsvolts.com/magazine/article/working-with-i2c-sensor-devices

http://nutsvolts.texterity.com/nutsvolts/201707/?folio=36&pg=36#pg36

 

 

Case Study: TS-7680 IoT Solution Provides Real Time Pool Temperatures to Keep Visitors Dreaming of Their Next Trip

 

In a continuing effort to usher their spa into the 21st century and stay top of mind with customers, Bozeman Hot Springs set out to provide real-time pool temperature data for their customers. They found an off-the-shelf solution with Technologic Systems which could integrate with their existing commercial automation controllers and serve temperature data over a REST API.

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