Standards, such as Windows 8 are important in that they provide a common infrastructure on top of which applications can be built. I am not sure if Windows 8 is the long term solution and we may find that for the IoT we need completely different OS concepts. Networking has to change and become much more adhoc and multi-discipline for example.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.