Yes, ZedBoard is very attractive. However, I think I'll wait for something cheaper. A $35 Raspberry Pi is low-cost. An $89 BeagleBone is low-cost. An $89 Avnet Spartan-6 LX9 MicroBoard is low-cost. Although ZedBoard does have a lot on it, I would call it "moderate cost" given that Xilinx touts the Zynq-7000's "starting price point below $15" in Xcell Journal (2Q2011).
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.