@Tom: Why do we create robots in our own form? Vanity?
The vast majority of industrial robots are just sophitsicated arms / manipulators -- one reason for making the next generation of robots for use in home / hospital / whatever settings huanoid is so they can easily work withing our existing environment.
Another reason is to make them more acceptable to the end user...
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. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.