Designing Connected Products: UX for the Consumer Internet by Claire Rowland

By Claire Rowland

Networked thermostats, health displays, and door locks express that the net of items can (and will) permit new methods for individuals to have interaction with the realm round them. yet designing attached items for shoppers brings new demanding situations past traditional software program UI and interplay layout. This e-book presents skilled UX designers and technologists with a transparent and functional roadmap for imminent buyer product approach and layout during this novel marketplace. through drawing at the better of present layout perform and educational learn, Designing hooked up items grants sound suggestion for operating with cross-device interactions and the complicated ecosystems inherent in IoT know-how.

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UX design at the platform layer will emerge as a need once you start adding multiple devices to a service. A good overall product requires integrated thinking across all these layers. A stunning UI means nothing if your product concept makes no sense. A beautiful industrial design may sell products in the short term but can’t mask terrible service. Depending on the type and complexity of your service, layers will require more or less of your time. IoT services aspire to extend over more devices and become more complex over time, and the parts you need less now may become more relevant to you in the future.

Even academic researchers in HCI have published relatively few papers on cross-platform design. The “Internet of Things” (IoT) refers to the growing range of everyday objects acquiring connectivity, sensing abilities, and increased computing power. In consumer terms, some common categories currently include: • Connected home technology (such as thermostats, lighting, and energy monitoring) • Wearables (such as activity/fitness trackers and “smart” watches) • Medical/wellness devices (such as bathroom scales and blood pressure monitors) • Connected cars (which may provide access to smartphone apps via dashboard controls, engine diagnostics, and automatic alerting of authorities in case of a crash) • Urban systems (such as air quality sensors, city rental bikes, and parking meters/sensors) Designing for the Internet of Things (IoT) raises all the challenges of cross-platform design, and more.

A good overall product requires integrated thinking across all these layers. A stunning UI means nothing if your product concept makes no sense. A beautiful industrial design may sell products in the short term but can’t mask terrible service. Depending on the type and complexity of your service, layers will require more or less of your time. IoT services aspire to extend over more devices and become more complex over time, and the parts you need less now may become more relevant to you in the future.

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