@Duane: Max - I was brining up a small board based on a varient if PIC16F MCU that I hadn't used before....
On the one hand I love Microchip -- their PICs have beet really useful -- did you see my What's the Most Popular MCU of All Time? blog? I think the PIC16F family have sold more than 7 billion units (eeek).
Having said this, their 8-bit architecture is "esoteric" to say the least -- you can program them in C, but the architecture is rooted in the past and is not ideal for the task. By comparison, the 8-bit Atmel AVR architecture (as used in the Arduino Uno, for example) was designed from the ground up to be able to efficiently run C (by which I menn, to allow C cpompilers to efficiently map th ecode onto the architecture)
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.