An interesting use of a 3D printer. I'd think that using Infrared lights might reduce the warning provided to the rodents and their sense of being "targeted" (regardless of the light, they can hear the vehicle). Another strategy might be to drive the device into a likely location (perhaps with a little peanut butter bait or even a mousetrap) and then wait with the video running to detect motion in the image. Finally, I wonder what happens when the batteries run out in a shallow crawl space. Is it time to start lifting floor boards upstairs to retrieve the $500 phone and vehicle?
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.