In my local town (Portland, Ore.) the local electric utility offered a personal energy management meter to customers for $50 and they sold out the first day! Ordinary people are desperate to find ways to get "green" and save a little money in the process. Look for an increase in energy management tools--both hardware and sotware--from multiple sources over the next few years.
This is not a short-term fad.
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. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.