My most recent robotic invention is a "robotizing" implant inserted into the brain of a human. Sort of like the "Borg", only more robotic and much less tribal. The biggest advantage is in the range of motions and in the coordination. The downside is that the strength is not as great.
It may very well be that no single robot can live up to the challenge. But, one nice thing about robots is that we can make allowances for that. I wonder if it would be within the rules to have a "carrier" of sorts. One big robot that has a few separable smaller specialized robots. It could have the little snake bot for going through small holes or maybe a quadcopter for flying over impassible debris.
DARPA is certainly triggering many creative projects with their ongoing challenges. I wonder how "out of the box" solutions fare under such guidelines. Will the "search and rescue snake" that crawls through small holes have a chance against a human sized robot that can walk through doorways and carry out a victim? They each solve important problems.
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.