There is little information in this article to decide the merits of this tax loophole. The best I can remember, it gave an unreasonable benefit to a few companies in the field. The larger the industry, the more lobbying that they do to get Congress to rule in their favor. That's why the tax code it 10's of thousands of pages long. I believe this tax item was put into the larger health care bill because the tax expenditure was calculated to have little positive effect, despite the outcry, and Congress needed the savings to actually cover people who were ill. Medical needs are pretty inelastic, so I expect most of this tax goes to increasing ROI for the vendors. Show me the numbers if you know more.
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.