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!E Embedded Expo aka mcu! mcu!

Another day, another tech-tradeshow. This one is about anything containing a micro controller unit; The Embedded Expo. No way to register on-line beforehand so we just rocked up to the Convention & Exhibition Centre. There was a waiting line that definitely had our name on it. International visitors -check, VIP – but of course and Group too. Swapping business cards for badges, we are good to go.

There was much to see and question, every booth had someone who spoke English. Manufacturers of the worlds’ tiniest LED, china – the cup kind – with an interactive touch display, smart home set-ups and the like. We also took home a very interesting Journal of Electronics of which we can only read the titles, some of the references and the scematics. The Shenzhen DIY community, hackerspaces and makerplaces were also present.

Here we see a set-up for RENESAS new hardware accelerated operating system on the mcu. Both rows of tubes are keeping the orange balls in the middle by controlling airflow. When we up the measurement frequency the mcu without the new fancy system can no longer maintain control.

We also showed a few people the microgameboy, to kind of explain what TINRS does. They all seemed impressed, although some thought it was a bit too small. Explaining the idea of just making something because you can or building a prototype that you do not necessarily intend the mass produce is still tricky.


CITE China Information Technology Exhibition

DSC05577DSC05585 We were excited to see CITE and had ourselves an early start. We had some wonderful Chinese bread for breakfast – with the undetermined pork or fish sugary floss – and set out in the foggy morning. The big trade-show hall is within walking distance of our temporary home. When the Chinese build an Exhibition centre, they mean it and make the ones in our own country look puny.  There was so much to see!  A few of the highlights:

DSC05572 DSC05574Neuron; A full-body motion capture suit; a collection of sensors that you can easily strap on and lets you freely move around. There was a guy doing live demonstrations in front of a big screen, he seemed kind of uninspired so I did a little dance with him – to relieve boredom and to see if the sensors would also follow some more rigorous movement. I made him follow me and together we boogied down to the ground and twirled like ballet dancers. On screen all the moves (including his stumbling and hesitance) were really well followed.

DSC05590Pick and placers in all shapes and sizes, a CNC on magnetic rails, robotic paste dispensers and 2-component gluing robots which were unexpectedly cheap. Electric factory worker drills and screwdrivers – stopping on counterforce and hanging down from heaven (or the ceiling).

DSC05593 Thin film speakers and conductive textile printing – actually stretchy and no more of the crackling problems it had in the past. This seems like an interesting technique to build some creative and wearable applications. Make stuff work AND look good!

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pcDuino: Lego-like blocks that you can program as components onto your pcb and build things on with Lego. Like many things nowadays it works with Scratch. Very nice educational tool, allows for mucking around. Disassemble and reassemble.


We walked in to the “e-health” hall, which mostly consisted of e-cigarettes and their many, many liquids. The air was sweet and fragrant and scantily clad ladies were walking about with promotion materials. One of them handed us a throwaway e-ciggarette which supposedly equals one packet of cigarettes.

DSC05571There were multiple versions of a step on electric transport device – sort of a Segway without the middle stick which most of us tried out for a couple of meters. You control it by moving your feet very slightly. Roman has the distance record between us and had the basic manoeuvring down in less than two minutes.

A rolling drone that can also bounce and flip. 3D printers with a delta-bot, SLS stratasys printers, room-sized 3D printers and liquid printers. OLEDs in panels of 10 by 5 cm and 8K screens by BOE. Many more things to gawk at and definitely to much to list here. Makeblock was also there, showing of their new stuff – more on that when we visit the studio.