I like the new site and I like the expanded focus. The event has, for years, covered more than just embedded, but I think the name may have been pigeonholing the show a bit in some people's minds. The new name should dispell any of those questions.
Embracing open source and the Internet of things can only help. Both are areas with huge amounts of potential.
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.