Dr. Andrew Anagnost has worked at Autodesk for nearly two decades and currently serves the organization as senior vice president of industry strategy and marketing for the software corporation. Over the course of his career, Andrew Anagnost has also written on various topics for Autodesk’s blog, Line/Shape/Space. One of his posts explores product design in relation to the Internet of Things.
In recent years, the mobile Internet has been gradually transitioning into the Internet of Things (IoT), which many experts estimate will connect tens of billions of everyday devices to the Internet by the year 2020. While machine-to-machine and machine-to-network communication are certainly not new concepts, emerging IoT applications are leading to a new level of interconnectedness.
Today, manufacturing companies and other business organizations use IoT technologies to collect and analyze data, improve efficiency, and reduce overall production costs. Outside of the business world, new IoT products are constantly emerging in a number of areas, including home automation. Consumers can now purchase everything from smart refrigerators and stereo systems to connected thermostats and smoke alarms.
Fitbits and other wearable devices are also part of the IoT, and they will likely continue to evolve over the next few years to help make people more connected than ever before. Despite the rapid pace of development, however, the IoT is still in the early stages, and much more innovation will be needed to help it reach its full potential.