Discussion around the Internet of Things (IoT) often gets caught up on resolving issues of interoperability, battery life and security. However, in this session we will shift the focus to the enormous potential of valuable services built by designers, developers and users on top of the connections, data and networked objects. We'll outline our vision of how the IoT will develop and grow from the bottom-up and propose that while another appliance manufacturer redesigns the internet-connected fridge (again), networks of people will create new IoT experiences and capabilities themselves, enabled by the power of digital networks, accessible tools, new funding channels and programming fluency.
In fact, this ecosystem is already emerging, and we will show the vast landscape of value propositions in the IoT and the new business models they bring with them. We will also look at how services in the IoT can be designed to enable different technological capabilities as well as meet a range of human needs, uncovering the opportunities that arise when designers look beyond simple track-and-trace applications and control mechanisms to products which offer emotional benefits like the Good Night Lamp or Berg's Little Printer.