Why is UX different in the Internet of Things?

What the Internet of Things introduces — or better said, unites — is data, interactions, and the physical world. But coordinating these to deliver great user experience (UX) is easier said than done.   Many manufacturers have struggled to bring connected products to market because of just how complicated development and management are, never mind…

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 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…

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…

New Research Surveys 600 Product Manufacturers on their Internet of Things Journeys

Manufacturers across a wide range of product sectors are exploring how to adopt sensors and networked services to improve their products, customer experiences, and business processes. Harbor Research found some 4.3B devices came online in 2015 alone, signaling activity, investment, and adoption in the Internet of Things is at an all-time high. But despite this…