From engineering hot new products to re-designing an interactive, mobile-friendly website, this past year was filled with a ton of new opportunities for IPS. All this involvement opened our eyes to the various technology trends that will continue to progress in 2015. Here’s a digest of our 2014 posts to show what’s in store for the coming year.
Most Compelling Technology Trends:
Internet of Things
There’s a lot of prominent activity happening in Internet of Things. We attended the 2014 Internet of Things Tech fair and CES 2015 with our good friends from Wot.io, a data service exchange™ for connected devices, and we predict BIG things from that sector for years to come. Our latest blog post written by Mitch Maiman, CEO of IPS, discussed the key elements to making IoT products successful in 2015. Read more here.
Camera Quadcopter by NIXIE
One of the coolest products we got to be a part of this year is Nixie, a wrist-band camera quadcopter. Being the first of its kind, this flying camera has an endless list of possibilities that parallels the technology trends for 2015. That is, wearables with purpose. After winning Intel’s Make it Wearable competition, we are sure to see more from this innovative piece of technology. Read more about our experience with Nixie.
Fighting Ebola/Global Deployment of Advancing Technology for Underdeveloped Nations
We were honored this year to help fight against Ebola. After being called upon by the White House, Nicole Tricoukes, Senior Maverick at Zebra Technologies came to us to help improve PPE for Ebola healthcare workers. IPS hosted a brainstorm to collaborate with Motorola (now Zebra Technologies) and Stony Brook University.
According to a recent Forbes article, “Experts say we can expect to see more products and tools created specifically for developing nations.” The same article also suggests, “Design today is targeted at 10% of the global population.” Which is why in 2015 you can expect companies to be more involved with advancing technology for the “other 90% of the nations.”
Overall, contributing to the fight against Ebola was an experience that was nothing short of amazing. It ended with a concept chosen as one of the top four solutions in the U.S. Take a look at the video.
With startups on the rise, more products will hit the market in 2015. One of the keys to our clients’ successes is a thorough research effort before the development process begins. To increase the chances for product success, we’ve developed a Productization Plan to help companies build a roadmap for their product. Read more about the plan here.
The trending hashtag for this effort is called #Productize. We are always trolling so be sure to use it!
If you are a computer geek, then you’ll agree that the most revolutionary change we discussed this year is GTLDs. In fact, we’ve even changed our very own URL to intelligentproduct.solutions. Why is this change revolutionary? Find out here.
Industrial Design Process
As industrial design becomes more of a need than a want, it is important that students in the field understand the industrial design process. Our designers believe that a key element in design is sketching. It is one of the most important attributes a designer can have. Here is why we think sketching adds significant value to the industrial design process.
STEM vs. STEAM
Many of the hot new technology trends we see today began with designers as students in the classroom. Tying into the growing need for industrial design, the movement to change STEM to STEAM is more important than ever before. Design is a huge part of the product development process and one that should be considered just as important as the rest. Here’s why we think STEM needs to be STEAM.