The market demands digital, user-centric and sustainable products. To deliver this your innovation process must support enriching physical components with IoT technologies - and traditional product development with design thinking approaches.

IoT is here to stay

Today, product innovation must address digital business opportunities. Unless you take advantage of the possibilities provided by IoT, your product will not have necessary properties to deliver on market demands for functionality, usability, effectiveness or sustainability. This goes for almost any industry - and both for consumer-oriented and business-to-business products.

Designing products that take advantage of the possibilities that IoT provide is an absolute core capability for FORCE Technology. We have been designing IoT-enabled products for more than 10 years and delivered more than 80 IoT-enabled product designs across a range of industries and applications. The experience gained from all these projects gives us a second-to-none competence in rapid and agile design using sensors, electronics and wireless communication - all of it built into in our unique approach to IoT-based product design.

How to make a stable, scalable and profitable product with IoT

Unfortunately, many product innovations have not been able to deliver on the IoT promise. Products end up being unstable due to wrong choices in sensors and technology. Also, many products get stuck in the prototyping phase unable to scale into mass production and market usage – or are stopped because they end up being too expensive or fail to address actual pains for the users. 

The problem is typically not the maturity of the technological IoT possibilities at hand – all of them are ready to be used. The problem is the lack of understanding of the product context and usage, lack of in-depth technology skills and lack of real market and customer insights. Design thinking and design methods have proven to be an effective approach to designing products with IoT – especially when combined with rapid prototyping using real electronics to test both usability and functionality.

DIPS – rapid and systematic IoT innovation with real electronics design

Our innovation method DIPS (Demands, ideas, prototype and specification) looks like this. 

How to design products with IoT?
DIPS: Demands, ideas, prototype and specification model

The preferred starting point for the design process is a business idea described as a strategic product proposition – please see Starting with IoT. Following this, DIPS rapidly and systematically takes you from a business idea to the specification of a feasible and well-proven solution – thereby solving all given technology challenges to meet the market demands, customer needs, desired usability and required price tag.

The four steps of DIPS

After the first two steps, our experts can determine if there is a feasible solution meeting all the different product demands including price tag. If not, the innovation should be reframed or stopped. If needed, the full process can be performed in less than 6 weeks. The final building of the solution can start immediately after this process – see Building products with IoT.

If you want to learn more about designing IoT solutions, please contact us or read more about IoT solutions here.