There is a lot of interest in remote monitoring of health conditions. The challenge is to ensure that false alarms are avoided. When the individual moves into a wireless dead zone, the battery dies, or the sensor disconnects, it doesn't mean that an ambulance is needed. Anyone who has ever visited a hospital knows the din of beeping sensors - many of which are false alarms. If the problem isn't yet solved in that controlled environment, there is some work needed to get home monitoring working smoothly.
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.