The Hardware Startup
The Hardware Startup
Seven IoT Product Developers that are Getting it Right
About the Book
Today is the best day to make a connected product. Seriously! Never before has it been easier to build a prototype, design the mechanics of a product, manufacture it anywhere and sell millions of units through crowdfunding campaigns, pre-sales or direct channels. And the good news is that tomorrow will be even easier.
With the introduction of the Web in the 1990s, smaller companies and entrepreneurs were able to achieve the same success as bigger companies with smaller teams. The same phenomenon happened when mobile platforms were opened to developers. And in the same way that the web and mobile platforms were revolutionary and disruptive, the Internet of Things is the next bottom-up technology that is going to change the technology scenario.
However, we do not yet realize how much this has already impacted our everyday lives and is creating a new wave of product and services. From the detection of tectonic movements, to vibrators that are controlled remotely and toys with which we can send messages to our children, the Internet of Things is changing the way we avoid natural disasters, communicate, love and manage our homes.
This report aims at making this point not theoretically, but from the point of view of the protagonists themselves. This is a collection of 7 inspiring stories of Product Developers from all corners of the world to illustrate these changes. It also provides real-life lessons to avoid mistakes and make the right decisions on your journey. But most importantly, it offers a chance for new entrepreneurs to get excited about the value creating possibilities of this new technology.
- A Note to our Beta Readers
- About the Authors
- Vibease: The remote controlled vibrator
- tadoº: The connected thermostat for heating and AC
- Worldsensing:Industrial wireless sensors
- IGSresearch: Sensors for the Internet of Earth
- Electric IMP: Hardware making, made simple
- Some Final Words
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