Our home has 4 computers running Windows 8, no hitches (yet). Three of them were upgrades from Windows 7 to Windows 7, the fourth cam with Windows 8 installed. I'm running Windows 8 on a MacBook Pro, thanks to virtualization software from Parallels. At least with Mac OS X I can make my own Image, although it's not well documented by Apple, and have the Image on a USB stick just in case I ever need it. The other two Windows 7 systems were custom-built PCs for gaming, and they had no issues upgrading to Windows 8.
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.