Gartner has forecasted there will be 25 billion connected things in use by 2020. Also growing in number are off-the-shelf micro controllers, particularly WIFI and Bluetooth modules, which are empowering designers and engineers alike to build low-cost, sophisticated, and rapid prototypes for their own Internet of Things (IoT) products. Frequent prototypes fuel the IoT designer’s process, punctuated by iterative sprints and testing (early and often) for both technical considerations and user experience.
In this May 14th webcast hosted by O’Reilly Media, Bill Horan, Bresslergroup’s Creative Director, Interaction Design, and Todd Zielinski, Director of Electrical Engineering, discussed the available range of connected device prototyping solutions, from low-end to high-fidelity, and the integration of the electrical engineering and interaction design processes during the prototyping phase. The webcast ended with a demo of a practical application — a remote watering device for house plants.