We've seen something similar in the software world: the shift to higher level languages meant that a much larger part of the work had to be done near the customer(and probably near the inventor), which meant less outsourcing.
I actually feel that it serves the function of openning up new opportunities and use models, which could well lead to more demand for embedded designs. Only time will tell, but either way it will be a significant change.
Open-source hardware is on the cusp of changing the game in therms of embedded design. Does this mean there be less demand for engineers to design embedded systems if we can use off-the-shelf products?
I'd better spend some time with my nephew and his Arduino kit.
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.