The Internet of Things represents a vast opportunity for electronics designers if we can figure out one not-so-small problem.
We are rightly having myriad conversations here in the ARM Connected Community on the potential:
(And this is just a fraction of what's been published here!)
It reflects our innate understanding that IoT's application potential is big, broad and pretty much unbounded. And yet we need to simplfy it, as Steve Nelson of Freescale has blogged about (Embedded Beat: The Five S’s of IoT | Freescale Community). (Thanks for the heads up, Lori Kate Smith!).
We need, as part of that simplification exercise, to tackle that not-so-small problem I alluded to: We need a natural user interface (Dennis Laudick has some great insight into interface design possibilities: From Keyboards to Touchscreens To....? The ‘Futuristic’ HMIs That Will Soon Be A Reality In Your Pocket.).
In earlier technology eras, we adapted to specific interfaces (computing keyboards, mobile touchscreens). But IoT will be so diverse that we need it to adapt to us. And that's where natural user interface design comes in.
My colleague Seow Yin Lim explains the implications, and she'll be writing a series about it. Natural user interface design should be a great industry conversation.
What are your thoughts?