Will the day come that large energy harvesting circuits are so aggressive that they create a significant load on the source industrial energy provider? When tapping human energy, energy harvesting might provide an extra benefit - getting a little more of a workout could burn up calories and increase fitness. Presumably, the microwatt harvesting systems that run low power circuits will not have perceptible effects on their "hosts".
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.