How We Discovered the Future of IoT in London, UK

  Our whirlwind journey to London,UK to take part in Intel’s IoT Enterprise Programme was well worth the travel. Over a two-day period we met some of the leading minds, companies and organizations involved in the rapidly growing Internet of Things industry. Plus we got to see how the East London Tech Community stacks up against our Ottawa homebase - or as some call it, the ‘Silicon Valley of the North.’ Aside from the great contacts we made, we got a global perspective on the future of IoT. Here are some of our key takeaways: The 3 Elements of the Future of IoT: IoT is real and is happening right now. There is rapid growth in new disruptive IoT devices, services and business models across the globe. IoT is here to stay. Don’t wait - your competitors are innovating and the industry you are in will undergo change because of new IoT devices and services. You need IoT Partners. No one company can do it all themselves successfully. You need partners to develop hardware IoT solutions Hardware Startup Tech Scene in East London Within hours of landing in London, we were in the heart of IoT in the UK. The first thing we noticed was how dense the East London tech district was.  For example, in the five square block area we were in there were at least three hardware-focused incubator complexes and programs. These included: Huckletree: A large UK based tech incubator whose location in Finsbury Square was also home to a co-working space, dozens of hardware IoT startups, New Entrepreneurs Foundation and a big Silicon Valley Bank Office Cocoon Networks: Chinese-based incubator whose 70,000 sq/ft London location was home to Hardware Pioneers and contained loads of office space, meeting rooms and five-star amenities. Plus access to the lucrative Chinese market […]

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Design 1st Attending Intel’s Exclusive IoT Program for Enterprise

Design 1st was one of 20 participants selected to attend Intel’s first ever IoT program for leading enterprises developing products. The first workshop of the program will be held on March 9, 2017 in London, UK where executives from each of the selected companies will gather to hear Intel’s vision of the Internet of Things Industry. As a leader in IoT hardware product development, Design 1st is excited to have the opportunity to participate in this program. “The rapid change and growth in IoT means we are constantly learning and growing in-house. Having the chance to interact with like-minded executives will make sure we are up to speed and able to deliver our clients IoT products to market faster,” said Peter Cottreau, Design 1st VP Electronics. The Intel IoT program will also provide participants a rare opportunity to learn from one another in an industry that is undergoing rapid change. Content covered in the first workshop will include: • Intel’s vision for the future of commercial IoT development • New strategies for commercial IoT development and prototyping • Standards and best practices for IoT device development “To have 20 global IoT firms in the same room is a unique learning opportunity for a growing Canadian company,” added Cottreau. This program promises to be an invaluable experience for all participants given the rapid change in IoT technologies, platforms and standards. Plus the chance to interact, network and connect with global leaders in the IoT industry will help accelerate many new IoT devices to market. Read the full press release here and visit our IoT product development services to learn more.

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4 Trends Increasing Ease of Use for IoT Devices

Kevin Bailey, President of Design 1st discusses 4 trends that he believes will cut down on end user frustration.   Trend No. 1 - Mobile ease of use: There is a world coming where the frustration of charging batteries and intermittent radio connection as you move about your day simply will not exist. No one cares about radios, connections, charging and the other technology limited maintenance necessities of our world today. The tools we use to get things done will simply maintain themselves, increasing our effectiveness on activities we take on and reducing the frustration and peripheral learning that is currently required. Trend No. 2 - Common Modules and Standards: I believe in the next couple of years the adoption of a variety of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, loRa, open standards and modules will solve much of the connectivity frustration. A settling out period will occur across a half dozen competing standards groups. Design of the electronics technology of a device will get more modular and ubiquitous, which means faster to select and easier to design into a product. Trend No. 3 - Useful data and Analytics: The collection and presentation of context relevant data will drive ease of use as we simple don’t have time or the patience to use the products that come with confusion, learning and complexity. The quantity of data collected and available will grow exponentially in 5 years requiring data analytic butlers and filters to act on our behalf. Early stage helpful interfaces are appearing today with voice activation cloud commands enabling a host of audio command based user definable actions from 'play music' to 'turn on my lights' and 'buy eggs' connecting our commands to actions on the objects around us. Ease of use design will require simulation and testing tools that combine the new interfaces, […]

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The Trillion-Dollar IoT Opportunity: CES 2017 Speaker Series

Peter Cottreau, Vice President, Electronics at Design 1st sat in on a CES 2017 session called 'The Trillion-Dollar IoT Opportunity'. The session was moderated by a hit-list of IoT Industry specialists from Bluetooth SIG, ABI Research, Under Armour Fitness and Texas Instruments. Peter wrote an excellent synopsis of the talk below: Author: Peter Cottreau VP Electronics, Design 1st The Internet of Things is projected to be a multi-trillion dollar industry. Connected devices are coming to market at a staggering rate. Developers, manufacturers and innovators are working diligently with the goal of meeting expectations for the IoT. The panel brought together thought leaders from the standards world, the analyst community, OEM silicon systems design, and end-user device manufacturers for their perspectives on the current state of the IoT and the issues that will dominate as the technology matures. Stuart Carlaw, Chief Research Office @ ABI Research observed that we are in the first phase of a 2-phase process in the evolution of the IoT. The first phase is the “connectivity” phase in which we develop the physical interfaces that act as the on-ramps of the IoT. It is important to understand that, at the physical level, there is not one single market. Multiple applications in a multitude of verticals lead to the fact that no one technology is going to solve all the problems. Note that IoT, LoRa, Sigfox, WiFi, Bluetooth, Thread, Zigbee, Z-wave and others all have an application area where their unique characteristics serve as the optimal solution. The second phase, which we are about to broach, is the “data” phase.  In this phase we will see the emergence of a new set of applications which consolidate, analyse and disseminate value-added information and services to users. Ben McAllister, Under Armor’s Director of Strategy for Connected Fitness remained admirably on […]

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Strange Industrial Era Inventions

"Daring Ideas are like chessman moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game" - Johaan Wolfgang People have been building "daring ideas" since the dawn of the industrial area when inventors, manufacturers and eager consumers created an exciting market for new products. From helping people better their opera singing skills to building all terrain bicycles there has been few industries inventors have not touched. While not all of these ideas gained the commercially success the inventor hoped for they did offer a unique solution to a problem. Here a few of our favorites! 1) Amphibious Bicycle: "A land sea bike for the modern man" Read More

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