IOT or the Internet of Things is all over the web in the tech industries. With security challenges and the need to implement device connectivity in manufacturing, the process is still working out integration.
It’s best to presume that there will be a ‘master app’ that controls all the IOT devices in one home or possibly one industry. On the other hand, trends indicate it would be readily received by consumers which is encouraging to app developers.
Fitbit is a prime example of the enthusiasm of users for tracking data using wearables. There’s also the Apple Watch which can include texting and more communication in wearable devices. Smart homes have begun to be a possibility thanks to Amazon’s Echo and the Nest Thermostat. Connected smart city infrastructure, cars, and appliances are probably right behind these.
For now, though, consumer interest is going to need to be stroked. App development companies looking to promote their own industry this way might do well to focus on individual consumer interests. If these take off, consumers will demand and pay for apps that integrate more IOT, including pushing dominant companies in the industry to work on establishing an IOT presence.
The way gaming has driven virtual and augmented reality, mobile app developers should look to consumer interest rather than needs when coming up with marketable apps. Hobbies like gardening or homemade items can benefit from tracking.
Wine and beer making are two hobbies that tend to be a little esoteric, even with the advent of home brew kits several years ago. Timing, temperature, acidity and more are all critical to the growth of fermentation. Currently the kits and do-it-yourself-ers have to use individual appliances to watch each phase and component of the process. It would be nice to have an app with a monitor to test and relay this information in real time. There are multiple considerations to be tested in one device that can offer simple feedback and with an interconnected system, might be able to make changes at home to, for example, release gas or modify temperature.
Gardening has a multitude of probe-device needs particularly because some hobbyists go so far as to test soil and compost. If these could be monitored at home, though a device that can relay data to a mobile, the need for extensive and sometimes expensive data testing could be avoided. Whether or not it compares the data to pre-set ranges or to a cloud based reference manual of sorts, or even takes steps to modify the process on its own, it’s likely that gardeners will flock to these downloads.
Green house data would be for the more serious consumer but it’s just as likely to be useful for growers and other plant distribution companies. App development could be focused on monitoring conditions in a greenhouse is paramount to good vegetable and plant production. It’s a fragile ecosystem particularly in cold weather or for the home gardener. The home use greenhouses are efficient but not built to the same standards as producers. It would be a boon to the hobby to have mobile app developers come up with a simple to use app that notifies the user of changes, tracks them over time, and can monitor itself and make changes without user interface.
There’s a huge interest in IOT for mass consumer delivery or large processes like a smart home or smart city. For starters, it might benefit IoT app development companies to supply some smaller consumer driven interest by making hobbies IOT useful.