There are incredible energy saving user interface lessons to be gained from good hybrid car gas consumption displays. Driving my Honda Civic Hybrid becomes the ultimate energy game: saving money, beating personal records, and building upon previous accomplishments. A digital display reports lifetime mpg (48.8 for 100,000 miles in my case) while the bar graph reports current instantaneous consumption. It becomes an unconscious biofeedback process: when the bar retreats to the left (bad MPG), lift the gas pedal foot to reduce gas consumption. A functional display like that makes it possible to save energy without even thinking about it.
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.