Trees as natural solar photovoltaic cells? Great! As I drive here and there in the course of my life, I see trees everywhere. So at least in theory, there's a lot of potential out there.
But with so much biomass everywhere I still would also like to see development of practical ways to break down all that cellulose into simple sugars, for fermentation into ethanol.
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.