As soon as these devices are affordable and broadly available, they will take off. Phone companies should pay people to install them to fill in dead spaces in their networks. Everyone has a story about dead spots in their house or office. When will the technology be widely available? Already WiFi is widely available and therefore SmartPhones often connect to WiFi for data services. Phone service, however, remains problematic. This is especially an issue for the growing number of people who dropped their land lines for economic reasons.
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.