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Google exec shares insights on IoT, wearables

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Google? Colt McAnlis? IoT? wearable? network?

EDN: OK, so what do you most want to know about the ARM TechCon audience?

McAnlis: Who's got the most awesome beard? (hardware conferences always have the craziest facial hair) Who's doing the most awesome work with data compression? Anyone implement ANS yet? If my phone runs out of battery during the conference, can I borrow your charger? [Editor's Note: I walked into that one...]

EDN: What do you hope to impart to the ARM TechCon audience?

McAnlis: A healthy fear of misusing memory and battery on embedded devices.

EDN: What advice might you give to a new engineer/programmer?

McAnlis: I had the pleasure of being an adjunct professor at SMU Guildhall for a number of years, and the best advice I could give to those students was simple: emulate. The early parts of your engineering experience should be about trying to understand and take-apart all the great and popular applications that inspire you. Go try to create clones of them to get a hard-look at how they are performing under the hood. This gives your learning/education a focus, a goal to work towards. It also helps you understand more about the competitors and technologies involved with the ecosystem you want to get into. Not to mention that job interviews become more interesting..."You know that programme that your company makes money off of, that has a staff of 40 people supporting it? Look, I made an identical clone of it, in my spare time, while in my basement."

EDN: How do you regroup/recharge? Do you answer email on vacation?

McAnlis: Physical activity. Lots of time spent in lifting things and doing Jiu Jitsu. About a decade ago, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers had some great arguments about stress-hormone build-up in modern humans. Given that engineering is overly mental, low-physical and highly stressful occupation, it's important to engage in physical exertions that offset the stress. It also helps put things in perspective: dealing with a deadline, performance review, or massive stability bug seems less problematic after you've spent a few hours fighting off another human standing on your neck.

Colt McAnlis

On that note, we'll just have to wait to see what else Colt has to say in November at ARM TechCon.

- Janine Love

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