I was afraid that I'd only be presenting vapor. The Atmega32U4 chips that my two boards require for Arduino compatibility are out of stock everywhere in the package I need.
Fortunately, Twitter came to the rescue. I was able to make a trade and I now have actual working boards. The only further hint I'll give is that, from a software pwspective, the two boards look just like an Arduino Leonardo.
My other Smackdown project uses a Microchip PIC, the enemy of the Atmega, so it wasn't affected by the shortage.
I love this 5-minute format -- in addition to being a co-host, I'm planning on giving one of the 5-minute presentations myself -- in fact I'm planning on three -- a different one each day -- unless we get too many other folks, in which case I'll gracefully yield the podium...
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.