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".
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.