Superconductivity insights have built up so many false hopes over the years that they are hard to take seriously anymore. Researchers have repeatedly published "breakthrough" ideas for room temperature superconductivity that have either flopped altogether, or which only resulted in raising the temperature by a few degrees. Brookhaven National Labs claims its insight is different, since the Lab has revealed an asymmetry reminiscent of the asymmetry that preceded commercialization of LCD displays. While I wish them well, and hope that their insight does lead to room temperature superconductivity, I personally am not holding my breath. Instead I am reciting the matras my grandmother continually spouted about "crying wolf," "proof is in the pudding," and "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me."
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.