By 2010 netbooks will have enough performance and software to be "good enough" for most people. They are small and light enough that you can throw them in a briefcase, purse or backpack instead of needing a separate piece of luggage. They actually fit on airline tray tables. With an ARM processor they can run all day on a charge. With an ARM and an eInk display they can run for weeks. With an earpiece and Skype, you (in principle) won't even need a cell phone anymore. There will still be a market for high-end machines for compute intensive applications and video games, but for most people netbooks will be "good enough". Here's an amusing take on the subject:
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.