The weather in Nuremberg was absolutely fantastic - it was very hard to go indoors to Embedded World. That said, there was a definite reward for doing so - technology that has gotten smaller, faster, and uses less power. In my estimation, the crowds were about the same as 2013. Visitors to the Datalight booth covered an intercontinental spectrum - from Beijing to Benelux to Boise.
Internet of Things
Of course, the big topic at this years show was the Internet of Things. Wind River announced that VxWorks 7 would enable it, and we saw IoT branded on every third booth. What does it mean to Datalight? The Internet of Things is about distributed control and decision - device feedback utilized properly. Datalight software can provide solid feedback from the block device and file system level, enabling best decisions about device lifetime and performance options, if not actual control of the higher level. More on this in the near future.
Where the Internet of Things will have its first big impact is likely to be cars, and this show had the usual booths of simulators, dash displays and new ideas. Atemel's curvy new concept for the center console was quite interesting to see.
Technical Talk and Twitter
Datalight accomplished two new things at this years show - I spoke in the technical conference about Flash Friendly File Systems, and we also tweeted frequently. Our presentation was a solid success, and you can read the original paper below. As for twitter (@DatalightInc), we tweeted about other Logic partners, Intel, WindRiver, and others - the live response came from Atmel. Outside of hobbyists, do embedded engineers participate in Twitter? We aren't seeing it yet. I am certainly interested in your comments, either here or through twitter...