This could be due to special tablet deals. For example, Verizon dropped the priced of the Motorola Xoom to $199.99 with a 2 year contract. That's more than 50% off what it used to be. I think this sale only lasts a few days. And Amazon's Kindle Fire is sold at a loss or very near cost. All this means consumers are getting these at very cheap prices.
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.