Great article. I live in Japan and have loved our new Blu-Ray recorder. It's a fantastic home device. Also interesting is that the vast majority of homes and apartments here don't need a STB - for some reason the STB function can be done within the TV tuners here. One less unnecessary device, and not having to pay for an STB frees up a lot of homes to go buy the much more useful DVD recorder. So basically, since there's no other device to put a hard drive in people's homes, the DVD player almost by default had to be the place to put it.
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.