I work for a company that makes PC/104 data acquisition boards. We have a booth at the upcoming ESC in SF at the end of march, and we need to set up a demo for one of our products. We've come up with a few ideas, but management keeps shooting them down because they're not "gimicky" or "memorable".. so I call on OT for suggestions Here's the rundown: We sell embedded CPU boards w/ onboard data acquisition (DAQ), as well as an assortment of other DAQ boards. We developed a software library based on SOAP that allows you to interact w/ the DAQ portion of the boards remotely, with a consistent API for all products. The basic idea is that it abstracts both physical location as well as the low-level DAQ interface into one easy-to-use API. Here is the best idea for a demo we had so far: 3 CPU boards total. Two running linux w/ our SOAP server. One running Windows XP. Each has a wireless network card and can see each other through a wireless hub. Each CPU's DAQ section is connected to a board w/ knobs, switches, LEDs, etc (the board is identical for each CPU.) The WinXP CPU is the "master", i.e. it is running the UI application of the demo. The application displays real-time status of the knobs and switches and lets you control the state of the LEDs. There is also a drop-down menu that lets you switch which CPU (1-3) to control, on-the-fly. I.e. the application interface stays the same.. you just choose which CPU you are talking to at the moment. This demonstrates the basic idea of abstracting the remote DAQs and showing how simple it is to control multiple remote stations in real time w/ one interface. The problem is that "knobs and switches and LEDs" isn't good enough for the marketing people. They want something that will attract people to the booth and have them ooooing and aaaahhing. But it also has to demonstrate the basics that I mentioned above. Any ideas? btw, anyone else going to the ESC?