The Internet of Things is a product design megatrend that is impacting how both new and old companies innovate and turn designs into the next breakthrough.
“From virtual reality to self-driving cars to wearable devices, the opportunities are endless. We are entering a quantified world, so hold on to your IoT ‘hat.”
– Michael Keer, CEO, Product Realization Group
As product designers dream up countless ways to leverage the connected smart products, complementary technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), autonomous driving, and robotics will come together to drive better ways to live, travel, and improve our health and daily lives.
The use of sensors, electronics, and software will be applied to virtually every product and problem that we can think of. The solutions, or products, may not always solve a problem that appeals to the masses – but those products that do will drive consumer expectations for many years to come.
Michael Keer, CEO of Product Realization Group (PRG), a consortium of Silicon Valley experts that helps bring IoT product companies to market, believes the IoT market will impact every aspect of our lives, and transform how we interact with both physical and digital worlds. “From virtual reality to self-driving cars to wearable devices, the opportunities are endless,” says Keer. “We are entering a quantified world, so hold on to your IoT ‘hat.’”
In the next wave of IoT development, we’ll see the aggregation of connected devices propagated into truly smart homes, smart factories, smart grids, and smart cities. New IoT products introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) offer imaginative solutions, ranging from do-everything wearable devices to connected tennis rackets that record your strokes. Some products will drive less critical healthcare improvements—such as smart toothbrushes that record your brushing activity and make recommendations when your teeth need to be thoroughly cleaned. Other healthcare solutions will address more serious medical needs like diabetes, heart ailments, and more.