IoT solutions encompass a long list of diverse technologies, including hardware, software, cloud, security, mobile applications, and big-data analytics. To create a platform, manufacturers need to master all these IoT technologies—and, navigate among their complex interactions.
Unless you’ve already designed, built, and marketed a connected IoT product, it’s almost impossible to imagine the intricacies that will arise. That’s because IoT interconnectedness—and the multilayered implications of that interconnectedness—affect even the most mundane-seeming product decisions.
While it's impossible to predict with certainty the trajectory of any evolving technology—after all, none of us has a crystal ball to gaze into the future—here are a few thoughts about where the IoT market might be headed, based on an online survey that Ayla Networks conducted in March 2017.
July 10, 2017July 10, 2017|Manufacturing Business Technology
Creating a connected HVAC product for the smart home is not as simple as embedding a wireless chip or adding a sensor. Designing IoT-enabled smart home HVAC products requires consideration of everything from network security to application software design, as well as how to budget for, scale, distribute and future-proof these products.
June 1, 2017June 1, 2017|Appliance Design Magazine
From the perspective of those using smart home appliances, the mobile app that controls the appliance is the product. Consumers judge smart products—meaning connected appliances that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT)—largely on the quality of their mobile apps. Grasping this simple but difficult truth means that manufacturers of smart appliances need to make a fundamental shift in perspective in how they design, manufacture, and even support their offerings.
What makes a smart home smart? An increasing number of companies want to know the answer to that question. According to a recent report from Harbor Research, “the smart home market is gaining substantial momentum, with an estimated 900 million smart devices existing in households across the world today."
Now that manufacturers of smart home products are getting a better handle on how to connect products to the Internet of Things (IoT), they need to focus on how their products will connect and interoperate with lots of other smart home products.
March 7, 2017March 7, 2017|Embedded Computing Design
Topping market research firm Parks Associates’ list of Top 10 Consumer IoT Trends in 2017 is this: Voice control is vying to become the primary user interface for the smart home and connected lifestyle.
December 21, 2016December 21, 2016|Residential Systems
The concept of home systems “working together” is a fundamental expectation of the Internet of Things. Consumers assume that connected devices in their smart homes will work together easily and automatically, regardless of the manufacturer, and without needing to have specialized technology skills to make them work.
November 28, 2016November 28, 2016|Manufacturing Business Technology
For manufacturers of connected products, Internet of Things (IoT) scalability means exploring a vast new wilderness. The IoT is brand new, and no one knows exactly how thousands or millions or billions of connected products will work — or not — as their numbers and interconnections multiply.
As the world economy continues to globalize, large manufacturing and technology companies from different countries increasingly find themselves aggressively competing against one another. This is very much the case between the United States and China, especially as Chinese manufacturing companies and consumer internet services seek to extend their brands internationally.
November 4, 2016November 4, 2016|Wireless Design & Development
When manufacturers look at one of their smart-home products for the Internet of Things (IoT), they see the complete product and all its capabilities—and probably view the mobile app as almost an afterthought.
November 3, 2016November 3, 2016|App Developer Magazine
For manufacturers interested in developing connected products for the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile app development represents entirely new and unknown territory. And even experienced mobile app developers find that the IoT poses all kinds of new challenges.
October 11, 2016October 11, 2016|International Appliance Manufacturing
To help you take a smoother path to your connected products - and to prevent a “Fire, Aim, Ready” approach - here are the 7 biggest mistakes manufacturers make when launching into the IoT market, and how to avoid them.
September 23, 2016September 23, 2016|Electronic Design
The Internet of Things (IoT) isn’t new technology, but rather the application of well-known technologies to new situations and use cases. For that reason, it would be easy to assume that creating a connected product isn’t so difficult. That assumption would be very, very wrong.
When designing products and systems for the Internet of Things (IoT), manufacturers often tend to focus on only a single aspect of the process: embedding wireless communications, or establishing a cloud connection, or writing web or mobile-based software to control an IoT device.
Smart water heaters can save energy in a number of ways. They can allow for easier variable control by consumers, who could, for instance, lower the water heater's temperature during times when no one is in the home.
December 1, 2015December 1, 2015|Electronic Product Design and Test Page 10-11
When designing products and systems for the IoT, manufacturers often tend to focus on only a single aspect of the process: embedding wireless communications or establishing a cloud connection, or writing web- or mobile-based software to control and IIot device.
It seems like every few days, yet another company makes an announcement about the Internet of Things (IoT). One of the latest biggies was Amazon Web Services (AWS), which announced a number of new services at the AWS: Reinvent show in Las Vegas. The new services have interesting names such as QuickSight, Kinesis Firehose, Snowball and something called AWS IoT.
October 15, 2015October 15, 2015|The Next Silicon Valley
From our heartbeats to our genomes, anything about our bodies that can be measured can generate data. As the Internet of Things (IoT) kicks into high gear, vast networks of connected devices can receive and share sensor-enabled data. Many of these devices fall into the realm of health or medical care, ushering in a new era of personalized health care.
Designing and manufacturing connected products for the IoT requires a completely different mindset than making traditional, static products. Manufacturers need tools to easily provide expertise in areas previously unfamiliar, starting with embedded design and networking to the development of full-featured mobile apps.
We in Silicon Valley tend to think that the world of technology revolves around us. We expect innovations to emerge here first and then radiate to the rest of the world. But the truth is that there’s a big wide world out there, and technology innovation is happening all over. Nowhere is that more true than in China.
May 22, 2015May 22, 2015|Embedded Computing Design
Most of the "things" connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) are produced companies not accustomed to thinking in terms of connectivity. These manufacturers are experts in water heaters or door locks or coffee makers, but they probably don't know what a really good connected water heater or door lock or coffee maker should be. And they certainly haven't had to worry about the kinds of security threats that come with IoT connectivity.