@EE,etc: I think 'positioning' is a hard challenge for the <$100 tablets -as you mentioned every one goes for the obvious opportunuties; fresh approaches are needed to create new ones for these. If for eg, you include 3G/4G radios in them, you will corner a good size of the market for low end / prepaid plans in dev economies where texting still is a major traffic %%.
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.