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How to Design IoT Devices

Erin Tallman
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Experts are now explaining what’s in store for the future of IoT and how to get there.

“Where design today focuses on physical products, design of the future will be about data-driven products and experience. Where innovation today is about creating new products, innovation of the future will be focused around designing adaptive products that are constantly delighting the customer. And where technology today might be core to a company but an afterthought to the product, technology in the future will be a core part of design,” said Suketu Gandhi (A.T. Kearney) and requoted in the MIT Sloan Management Review.

Here’s to understanding the groundwork of a more exciting tomorrow.

The Starting Point

When designing connected objects, the designer first must understand what that means. How does a connected object work?

In the MIT Sloan Management Review, the authors mention the Information Value Loop. Information passes through the loop’s stages: create, communicate, aggregate, analyze and act.

“The amount of value created by information passing through the loop is a function of the value drivers identified in the middle. Falling into three general categories: magnitude—how much data is needed; risk—how reliable and accurate must that data be; and time—how quickly the data is needed.”

“These value drivers may offer a good starting point for product designers as they begin to unravel what customers truly need in an IoT product, and what may be extraneous features.”

With 12 years of experience in the business of creating connected objects, Ian Kayser, vice president of operations at Design1st, gives invaluable insight on designing and manufacturing IoT products. He explains the importance of collaboration and working in a large team with a variety of expertise and offers the two must-dos in order to successfully bring your IoT products on the market.

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