We've been hearing about the "Internet of Things", "ubiquitous computing", and "data ubiquity" in an era of "bag data" for a long time. What we need now is for all the pieces to come together in a user friendly form. Remote controls are multiplying as quickly as the new application ideas. When automated lights don't require a user manual, we're making progress. Otherwise we're just adding to the technology overhead.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.