Did you see my blog on The Magic of Mock Relays in which I picked up a really tasty antique relay from my local electronics store?
After I found that antique relay, I became enthused with the idea of creating either a simple relay-based computer – or maybe just a piece of "relay-art" in the form of a bunch of relays clicking away doing something in a glass-fronted wooden display case on my wall.
But they are sooooo expensive. The one I picked up cost me only $5, but equivalent models cost anywhere from $25 (on eBay) to $100 (from special stores that supply the government with obsolescent parts).
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.