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TRONSHOW 2010 – Solutions from Personal Media Corporation (PMC)

It is always fun to go down to the Personal Media Corporation (PMC) booth at the TRONSHOW since they have nice demos, boards, etc. to see. This year was no exception – PMC has introduced another T-Engine board, showed demonstrations related to the T-Kernel running on x86 and also had an RFID multi-driver solution.


The new board is called the TeaMacaron and is essentially a cousin of the original TeaCube. The TeaMacaron is about half the size and should be available for purchase in 2010 – unfortunately, I could not get any confirmation on the price, but I hope that it is not too expensive. The CPU is an ARM11 core from NEC (EMMA Mobile 1-D) and the system includes 64MB of RAM with LAN, USB, Micro SD Card, 2x serial and a VGA output.

The pictures below show the TeaMacaron by itself and also when compared to the older TeaCube. The TeaCube was revolutionary in how small it was, but the TeaMacaron makes it look big and clumsy.

In these pictures, you can see the TeaMacaron running a demo of showing a presentation about itself (note the GUI system is all up and running on it and it’s outputting to the VGA display) and the second demonstration is about the TeaMacaron being able to recognize hand gestures through image processing (the video was coming in from a web camera) – here, it can recognize “scissors, paper and stone” gestures.

The video below is from the demonstration of the TeaMacaron using a camera to capture the gestures of the hand to control the UI. In this video, the user can pan and zoom a map using hand gestures. They also had a demo showing how it could be used to play “scissors, paper, stone”.

Other Demonstrations

In other demonstrations, PMC showed its multi-RFID driver that allows you to use a single reader to read different types of RFID cards. Also on display was a task tracer that aids debugging. The output is pushed to the web server running on the device.

The pictures below show the T-Kernel running on x86 hardware, including easily available boards.

Last of all, the picture below shows the TeaTouch controlling an embedded system.