Plastic Logic will pull its headquarters from SV back to Cambridge to concentrate on being "a more European company", according to industry reports. My guess is that there were few takers in SV for their technology and the Russian investment didn't hurt. A trial run of 1000 paper-thin e-readers using Plastic Logic's technology and loaded with the required curriculum content (w/hyperlinks) have been distributed to Russian grades 1 to 6, according to reports. The hope must be to have Russian kids get used to portable electronics learning early in life (plastic screens do less harm than glass displays at that boisterous age). Apple should think about that.
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.