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Summary:

Life now. Data later. In this week’s podcast guest Carla Diana, a product designer, discusses this mantra and other attributes designers should consider when developing connected products.

Carla Diana of Smart Design

The internet of things poses a variety of design challenges starting with the fact that we’re not exactly sure how most consumers will want to deploy and implement connected devices in their homes and lives. Much like people don’t think about using electricity, but instead they think about turning on the lights, plugging in a TV or other applications, using the internet of things will require applications.

But for the most part, people are selling consumers, not applications, but the links to make applications possible. So the WeMo isn’t just a connected outlet, its analogous to selling someone an outlet for electricity. What would someone in a non electrified world want with an outlet? What does the average consumer want with a WeMo? That was one of many topics that I discussed in this week’s podcast with product designer Carla Diana. Diana is fascinated by the SmartThings, the Twines and the other connected elements that she calls “mavericks” but she’s not sure that’s how the internet of things will actually invade the home.

Hear her discuss this, designing for ambient information without overwhelming users and how the internet of things will help take us away from our screens and embed technology into our lives in ways that make us more efficient and maybe more fun.

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Show notes:
Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guest: Carla Diana, Smart fellow at Smart Design and CEO of Carla Diana Creative

  • How do you design something when we’re not even sure how people will use the internet of things?
  • The importance of mavericks in the developing ecosystem.
  • Pre-made kits may be the best example of how normal people will install the internet of things.
  • Thinking about design and using the internet of things for ambient information.
  • Learn why “life now, data later” matters in designing for connected devices.

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  1. Love these IoT podcasts. Inspirational.
    Stacey, I just planted my window box flowers today. Please write a IFTTT recipe for me to water my flowers IF needed but NOT if it will rain within 24 hours.
    Thanking you in advance,
    bobh

    If it were only that easy!

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  2. Carla Diana Friday, May 31, 2013

    That’s a fun suggestion, bobh. And it seems totally doable, assuming, of course that you have a connected watering device in place. Or are you the connected watering device? ;)

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