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4 Key Considerations When Developing Future-Proof Products

4 Key Considerations When Developing Future-Proof Products  by @iotforall 
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  • Although consumers have been relatively slow to adopt ‘smart’ devices so far, manufacturers and industry experts are in no doubt: the Internet of Things (IoT), in which all manner of products automatically exchange data with one another, is going to become ubiquitous before long.
  • Make It… Meaningful

    – When developing smart devices, the biggest challenge for manufacturers is actually not the technology itself, but finding a way to apply that technology meaningfully.
  • “Adding connectivity to a relatively mundane product without delivering a meaningful functional benefit risks turning ‘smart’ into little more than a marketing gimmick,” says Vincent.
  • User friendly

    – To encourage consumer uptake of smart devices, the technology must be easy to use and easy to implement.
  • With so much functionality being added to smart devices, product testing is shifting towards a hazard-based approach.

Developing future-proof products and technology? Here are 4 key considerations to make sure your product is ready for the interconnected future.

As technologies continue to evolve and prices continue to fall, high tech and interconnected products are becoming increasingly available to the public.

Although consumers have been relatively slow to adopt ‘smart’ devices so far, manufacturers and industry experts are in no doubt: the Internet of Things (IoT), in which all manner of products automatically exchange data with one another, is going to become ubiquitous before long.

The only question is ‘when?’. So when you’re developing new consumer devices, how can you ensure that they are fit for this interconnected future?

Vincent Roes, Innovation Manager at DEKRA, helped to put together this overview of the four key aspects for manufacturers to consider when future-proofing their technology. “However, it’s no longer enough to tick just a couple of these boxes individually,” he points out. “They are all interrelated, so you need to take an integrated approach.”

1. Make It… Meaningful

When developing smart devices, the biggest challenge for manufacturers is actually not the technology itself, but finding a way to apply that technology meaningfully. “Adding connectivity to a relatively mundane product without delivering a meaningful functional benefit risks turning ‘smart’ into little more than a marketing gimmick,” says Vincent.

“Do consumers really need things like a smart fork? To make…

4 Key Considerations When Developing Future-Proof Products