The User Experience of Things: Why Ubiquitous Sensing and Software Require a New Approach to UX Design

What does it mean to interact with the digital realm? The input-only days of desktop and laptop are long gone; we are entering an era in which interactions are seamless, voice-enabled, even predictive, and sometimes entirely invisible. As the so-called Internet of Things, characterized by pervasive sensing technology and networked services, infuses every realm of…

Top 5 Challenges Product Manufacturers Report During Connected Product Deployment

In many ways, the Internet of Things is the natural ‘next phase’ of computing; of networked services, sensing technology, apps, data and cloud services. Yet, this convergence introduces new, and often unprecedented complexity. It calls for shift in mindset. For product companies, effective connected product deployment often means de-emphasizing the importance of the latest form…

Three Trends Impacting Restaurants’ IoT Adoption & Success

For years, restaurants and businesses across industries have been applying sensors and networked services to their equipment, infrastructure, and processes. Yet, despite more connected fryers, refrigerators, and all manner of mobile apps, many companies are struggling to capture real value— particularly at the level and scale of ROI needed to justify ‘going digital’ in the…

The Intersection of the Internet of Things and Blockchain

Imagine billions of devices talking to one another in real time and adjusting their behavior to respond to economic signals. Imagine a planet interconnected not just by devices, but by the events taking place across it – an ecosystem aware of its oceans, land, and air, as well as its industrial inputs and outputs. Access…

The Growing Threat of IoT Security and What YOU (Manufacturer, Service Provider, Consumer) Can Do About It

Cybersecurity is one of the greatest threats facing any business today, and this threat is compounded for companies producing, supporting, or leveraging connected devices. Data transmission between devices can drive tremendous efficiency increases, from supply chain automation to software updates, to self-monitoring, self-adjusting, and self-optimizing smart systems. But these useful interactions also create potential new…

The Viability of Enterprise Blockchain beyond Financial Services

In a flurry of blockchain investment, activity, and hype, and hyperbole, enterprises are left wondering: Is a “protocol-based” trust system actually viable for business? In 2015 and 2016, blockchain, the distributed ledger technology born of Bitcoin, enjoyed a blossoming beyond cryptocurrency and logging financial transactions, to an architecture capable of supporting the logging of events.…

Why are Companies Connecting Products Anyway?

Manufacturing is undergoing a sea change. Product manufacturers across every sector are re-evaluating the very form, function, and business models of their products. The ability to connect objects to the Internet, monitor their existence, and leverage data and software to deepen insights and interactions with those products, is transforming the entire manufacturing sector. This post…