I would think that considerable energy savings could be achieved by having the device active only when the user is engaging with it. Much of the time the device could be in a sleeping mode awaiting incoming data or user input. If the device isn't being worn, it could be in an even deeper sleep mode. Still, there needs to be a recharging plan. Will the devices operate on a long life battery (like an electric watch) or will they have some mechanism to recharge overnight when not in use like a cell phone?
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.