Cost reduction is one driver here, but the shift in emphasis to general lighting is also going to open up some opportunities in terms of packaging. I can see someone coming up with flat sheets or other large-scale form factors to adapt LEDs better to innovative lighting applications.
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.