What is IoT?
In product design, IOT simply refers to products that are part of or include the ‘internet of things.’ The Internet of things is devices that connect wirelessly to networks and have the ability to transmit data. In this case, we would use IoT to incorporate wireless digital connectivity to products that are traditionally known to not have internet-enabled options. Instead of only desktop, phones, and tablets, incorporating IoT makes your product digital and connects it to the staple items in our current society to help make our lives more efficient and easily accessible through all products we use. Incorporating IoT in Canada invention design has become one of the most popular ways to innovative product design across multiple fields and industry and further progresses both technology and design into some of the most revolutionary products that we see today.
Examples of IoT products
As life with technology and staying connected has become the norm, more innovators are looking towards ways to make our everyday items somehow digital and connected. There are many products across multiple industries that have explored connected to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Clouds in order to help improve communications, convenience, and productivity. Within Canada Invention Design, some of the biggest consumer fields and industries that have seen immense popularity with the integration of IoT have been the home and automobile fields. Some examples of popular consumer products that integrate IoT are smart door locks, Bluetooth trackers to keep tabs on the location of your keys and phone, smart kitchen products, plugs, thermostats, sprinkler systems, AI products (Alexa), and more.
Our Clients, The GoFish Cam, designed by the Mako team, incorporates IoT through Wi-Fi connectivity to share fishing videos.
Should Your Product be IOT?
From a Canada invention design company, we recommend that any new innovator or inventor approach their product design knowing what goals they plan to achieve within their product design process. Having a clear idea of what goals, you’d like to accomplish and see for your product can help you create a clear and determined path for your product. Understanding your goals will make it clear whether you want to incorporate IoT, and when. If you want to integrate IoT, understanding how it will connect and in what way can influence both the ways you want to highlight the functionality of your product and how your design can work to encompass focusing and highlighting the IoT functions on your product.
A product design strategy that Mako Design really abides by as a Canada invention design firm is the ‘MVP’ method. The MVP method stands for the ‘the minimal viable product’, which explains that your product should be as minimal as possible in its design, details, and main functionality in order to make it easier to use. Although IoT is a trendy way to innovative new products, sometimes it can be an unnecessary addition to a product that is already sufficient with its one main functionality. A simple product that is efficient in what it does is the key to creating a successful product, therefore integrating IoT may actually complicate the user experience of your product. Make sure that if you plan to put in IoT, it is for a true purpose and reason that aligns with your product’s functionality and is not just a trendy detail to help add a pseudo-appeal for audiences.
If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MAKO and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!
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