In the good-old, bad-old days many instruments documented 'special functions' that would turn on or turn off 'hidden' or semi-hidden features. Today some of these features have been abstracted to work automatically for particular measurements, and less useful features have been dropped.
In a complex instrument, such as a VNA or a Radio Test set there may well still be hidden features available if only you knew the magic entry address to put into a (probably undocumented) SCPI command. This is the SCPI equivalent of PEEK and POKE, but when was the last time you did this to your PC?
Modular instruments may bring hardware hack-ability back to the test bench.
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.