Rick, I am particularly interested in this portion of the revamped EE Times website, and I am glad to see your involvement in it. The evolving rollout of IPv6 should provide a lot of runway for new applications in wide-area connectivity of embedded sensor devices, and the growing field of big data analysis should provide the tools to do analysis of the data provided by these devices. Hopefully we are going to see some big picture coverage of these types of systems as they evolve as well as coverage of the communications capabilities and devices themselves.
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.