Really? Over recorded history, people have an awful track record of predicting the future, good or bad. Economists are some of the worst. I seriously doubt that any significant number of people will disconnect from the grid even in the lifetime of my kids. Sure, will some people reduce their consumption with solar PV (which by the way has a horrible ROI especially when you factor in the cost of money), but only the most die-hard folks will disconnect completely. What was it you were selling again? I didn't bother to read the rest after being so distracted by the introduction.
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.