I'm curious about how the control of big arrays of wind turbines is done -- I notice as I drive by Palm Springs California that most are not spinning. Is that because there are problems with them or is it being managed by some central facility or something else? --
In any case, it will become irrelevant soon as Steorn's ORBO devices will render them obsolete anyway -- no need for a grid at all -- all devices will contain their energy sourses internally.
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.