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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.