‘Fail fast’ was the perfect antidote to slow, linear thinking in product design. It taught us that lasting success comes from customer feedback, iteration and rapid prototyping.
Over the last decade, we have seen the product development process accelerate, with products now coming to market faster than ever before. Fortune 500 companies are streamlining the innovation process to slash time to market.
Have you ever found yourself sitting in the car after you’ve parked, listening to the end of a great song? Or, have you walked in the front door amidst your own silent disco? I caught myself in the act of a parked car listening to music yesterday, as I do on a regular basis. Upon entering my home, the single blue tooth speaker paired to my spotify limited my dancing radius to the living room. This bummed me out, serving as yet another example of how IOT is still largely as cliquey and exclusive as a junior high playground. Refreshingly, SoundUnited is trying to change that with their wireless speaker systems.
The Internet of Things (IOT) centers on the concept of physical objects “talking” to each other, communicating in a way that makes our lives easier and more streamlined — maybe even reducing our time spent decision making each day.
The Internet of Things is not yet connected; it will be “adopted” when the information transmitted provides real-time value in an embedded way, versus the clumsy frosting of mods for your home that exist today. We won’t see these “things” connected to internet unless they’re sharing information with us that we need, either through our smartphone, AR or audio feedback. Likely, many of these devices (the majority of them sensors) will be built into your existing environment - in your home, office, or city. The computer that has the power to control them all is already in your pocket – your phone. So why haven’t we yet seen mass adoption of IOT? Why isn’t everything “smart” already? Why isn’t the smart home “cool” yet?