I'll kick things off here by giving you some context to this chat: My original idea for an article was to write about the toughest engineering jobs to fill, inspired by a trip to Bangkok where I met an engineer who said they could not find any C programmers to hire. But in researching more jobs, what kept coming up was analog, analog, analog. So I published the article recently on EETimes, Analog Engineers: Too Many or Too Few? and stirred up a bit of a hornet's nest with the assertion by some that the glory days of analog were over.
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.