In early January I was at the Consumer Electronics Show, one of the largest tradeshows in the world. Video games, big screen TVs and other exciting gizmos were on display in a huge sea of people. It was in Vegas, the adult playground of the U.S.
In early February I was at the 3GSM Conference, one of the largest cellphone tradeshows in the world. New cellphone models, software and services were displayed in a frenzy of high energy activity in the cultural center of Barcelona, Spain.
This week I went to the IPC, a show about printed circuit boards (PCB) at...the Los Angeles convention center. PCBs are those green plastic sheets inside your computer and cellphone that hold the chips in place. The big exciting topics at this show are what types of material to use for your PCB (FR4 or BT? The World Wonders!) and what the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Act is going to mean for lead-free reflow (this was, by far, the most talked about topic at the show)
But, hey, every industry has its own tradeshow and it isn't nice to make fun of it. And I am not saying that I don't respect it or anything like that.
I did get some important business done there after all.