The Internet of Things Engages UX


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Like the computers and mobile phones in earlier days, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the next big hype creating expectations in the business world today.

As is known, the IoT connects devices/things with chips through transmitters, sensors, wireless networks, actuators and the Cloud, while making them traceable thus re-engineering all electronic commodities in order to make them suitable for the latest computing arena. Here is where protocols like Zigbee, CIP, Ethernet/IP and TCP/IP come in, however, the purview for 6LoWPAN-IPv6 is greater due to its capacity of large space and its ability to monitor capabilities while increasing efficiency.

With standard protocols emerging for the interchanging of data among sensors and IoT having recently emerged, standard systems, networks, or interfaces haven’t been agreed upon yet. Therefore more research needs to be done while development is in progress, thus making sure that all devices will be IoT enabled with great potentials in the near future. The IoT can be broadly classified into:

User Experience in IoT-

With Necessity is the root of innovation, it is better understood when looked at in terms of a product/device/service having appealing UX. In the IoT, UX can definitely be a value added on both for industrial and consumer domains by making it more user-friendly. Good UX helps IoT reach its full potential as it enables user-machine interaction possible.

3 main features offered by UX-

Clear proposition – While UX giving a good start to IoT it is a perfect place for end users to define their problem. Good UI helps people understand the usefulness of design/product.

Clear conceptual model – With programming coming into the picture based on UI design (Visual/Graphical) of the system model, static designs can be made into dynamic ones. By acquiring a clear model people will be able to understand the product sooner, thereby gaining the market faster.

Interusability – While using Service-oriented approach for UX design, implementing interusability can help aid the model synchronize across multiple functionalities, thus making it suitable for the market.

Layers of IoT – UX:

By placing the problem solving approach between the user and the business models UX design are seen as having multiple faces in IoT , however, its layers may vary depending on the device/product‘s functionality. Thus with a diverse scope spanning food processing, agriculture, transport, utility and security in both businesses as well as for consumers, IoT is seen as a trickling brink for innovation reaching larger audiences.                                  

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Chris Price
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