The progression of technology is accelerating with new and innovative products constantly entering the market. MAKO Design specializes in a broad range of products and many of our our products follow the different trends happening in the technological world. As a product design firm, we love hearing about the product trends that are transforming consumer’s experiences. Here is a few of the current top product trends we have compiled from Forbes and DigitalTrends.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things revolves around the idea of interconnection between devices and appliances. With an increasing number of devices adding on features that use WIFI , bluetooth and other wireless technologies, having a number of linked devices is becoming increasingly more common. Our product design firm has worked on several products that have combined wireless networking technology with physical products, such as GoFish Cam and MoonLite, which both use phone applications.
This Internet of Things trend has also been especially common with smart home technology which is connects household devices with one another.
AR and VR
There has been a significant increase in the number of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) products over the past few years. The AR game, Pokemon Go was a huge success in 2016 receiving over 100 million downloads and setting the bar high for well-designed augmented reality games. As well, after the release of the VR gaming system, Oculus Rift, many other companies released virtual reality systems and add-on products. It is expected that the number AR and VR products for both gaming and other industries will continue grow even more over the next year, as more research on these technologies is conducted.
The augmented reality game, Pokemon Go was very successful, combining both the physical and digital world into a mobile game.
Automation and Artificial Intelligence
With the fast pace development of technology, it is no surprise that automation and artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly more common. These advancements have enabled technology to replace many previously exclusively human tasks. From automated self-serve kiosks to virtual personal assistants, companies are increasingly choosing to integrate automation and artificial intelligence into their businesses.
Humanized Big Data
Big Data, the compilation of large data sets that can be analyzed, to show trends and patterns, has become a large topic of conversation over the past few years. The main issue currently with big data is that its quantitative form is not very accessible. It is expected that big data will soon become more humanized, making it more accessible, visually and qualitatively.
Creating a product that is following a technological trend means that there would likely be a market for your product and this could lead your invention idea to success. By following product trends and with the help of a product design firm, it is more than possible to bring your invention idea to life. With specialties in industrial and electrical design, as well as mechanical engineering, our product design firm would love to help you get started.
MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to small businesses, startups, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry’s leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Feel free to Contact Us anytime for help with your project.