Improving in-car infotainment has been one of the focuses between car companies and other tech companies. They range from being able to track the location wherever you are, providing directions to allowing you to access Facebook on the go.
The lifecycle of cars is much longer than the lifecycle for consumer electronics. I see two opportunities. First, the time is ripe for some cost effective electronics entertainment retrofits to cars. My 6 year old hybrid doesn't even have an audio jack for my smartphone. While planning ahead for the technologies of the future is nice, I'd guess that cost effective upgrades for USB and smartphone connectivity could be a rewarding market. Secondly, a 120 volt emergency power inverter retrofit package for cars could probably do very well if the power failures over the past two months in New England are any indicator. The cigarette lighter outlet nowhere near taps the power potential of a vehicle for emergency use.
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.