IoT Design Considerations: User Interface

Today’s consumers and business owners expect to access and control the world around them. How are your buyers going to interface with your product? Options range from using a smart home panel or gateway to an on-product display that can be paired with LEDs or push buttons. In addition, apps that monitor and control connected devices can be available for on-the-go consumers with smart phones. The type of product and its possible use-cases are important considerations when designing a product that can communicate information to its user.

Wi-Fi-enabled IoT devices have the ability to act as a soft access point (soft AP) which allows a user to “join” its network locally with a smartphone, laptop or tablet. Soft APs make product LED/LCD displays unnecessary since the screen of the connected device will serve the same purpose.

Using a soft AP does not preclude the module from connecting to the Internet and cloud-based services. This dual-mode is very attractive because the user can access the product remotely and locally, depending on the features of the product.

To download the complete Internet of Things Design Considerations White Paper, click here.

Making the Connected World "Stupid Easy" - SxSW Talk by Adam Justice

When we talk about connected devices it is easy to get overwhelmed by the vastness of the topic. Visions of flying cars and the Jetson’s futuristic home come to mind, and this can be dizzying. Fortunately, these pictures don’t really do justice to the simple elegance of this technology. In our pockets most of us already carry around smartphones: devices saturated in connectivity. Our phones can receive software updates and improvements all the time. These devices mature with age, making it possible to run the newest programs and features without buying a totally new phone.

This is how the connected world works. Devices connected to the consumer allow, over time, for better products and evolving devices. The problem with the Jetsons prophecy is that no one wants to go to the store and replace everything they already have in their home. Installing connectivity into the preexisting fabric of home ecosystems is what IoT companies are after. Devices should be interactive to run and stress-free to update in order for them to be adopted by the public. As Adam Justice, our VP at Grid Connect, likes to say: “It needs to be stupid easy.”

This idea has become even more plausible in recent years. When Grid Connect began about twelve years ago, it cost around $100 to integrate WiFi into a single product. Now, that number has dropped consistently below $10, allowing for the recent induction of many new companies looking to develop products for the Internet of Things. 

View Adam Justice's full Ignite talk at SxSW 2015 below.

Grid Connect Introduces ConnectSense Handset Telephone with Ten-Number Memory Dial to the Smart Home Space

NAPERVILLE, IL--(Apr 1, 2015) - A new easy-to-use telephone with ten number memory dial is now available for pre-order from Grid Connect. The ConnectSense Telephone features nine speed dial memory buttons that enable users to call frequently used numbers and a redial function to quickly dial the last outgoing number.

This reliable and affordable telephone is designed for those who want to avoid hassles and frills of smartphone technology and cordless handsets.

The ConnectSense Telephone can be placed on any convenient surface or mounted on the wall to save table space. This surface or wall mounting option provides quick and powerful access to make or receive calls in one room of your home. With its simple, corded design, users will never have to worry about misplacing their handset anywhere throughout their house.

Other features that make the ConnectSense Telephone unique include:

  • No need for Wi-Fi set up or programming of notification and call ringtones.
  • Plugs directly into your wall so there is no need for users to charge their ConnectSense Telephone before use.
  • Ten-number memory dial so users can quickly call frequently and recently used phone numbers.
  • Illuminated keypad with push button technology for use in darkly lit rooms of the house.
  • Ringer and handset volume control for personalized, user loudness customization.
  • No Caller ID means no need to stress about who is calling.
  • Mute button so users can silence their side of the conversation while in noisy rooms or while ridiculing the other party under their breath.

The ConnectSense Telephone is available now for pre-order at www.connectsense.com/telephone and will ship in the third quarter of 2015. Priced at $8.99, the ConnectSense Telephone offers tremendous value compared to smartphones and cordless home handsets, as it includes a cord.

 

About Grid Connect 

Grid Connect (www.GridConnect.com), an ISO 9001:2008 company, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of products that enable the Internet of Things, including the ConnectSense line of wireless sensors. Grid Connect can be found on Twitter @GridConnect and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/grid-connect. ConnectSense can be found at www.ConnectSense.com and on Twitter @ConnectSense

 

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