This is a wonderful story - and one that I managed to miss until reading it in EETimes. Such public displays open up conversations that otherwise would not occur. I'm also impressed by the advances in skywriting freom what I'd previously known. The ability to make a message quickly is essential to achieve legibility.
Apart from smoke generator, airplane need fuel to drive thier engine. 100LL aviation gasoline (AVGAS) still contains lead (LL is short for "Low Lead") - not exactly eco-friendly :-( It has been long argument when / how do we transision from AVGAS to something else, and what is that "something else". Automobile gasoline, methanol, diesel has been proposed but not widely adopted yet (FAA certification is costly and time-consuming).
It is interesting to hear other "Integer substitution of Pi", 22/7 and 201/64. I will put them in my toolbox. Slide rule and 8-bit CPU days are fading, but I may need them someday, just in case :-)
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.