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Design Thinking – Expanding the Physical World and Connecting with the IoT

For a competitive edge in today’s modern world, digital transformation is a necessity. With customer needs and expectations continuing to evolve, processes must be completed more efficiently than ever before. 

This article presents a methodology based on the idea that people-conscious IoT applications are created where the needs of users – not technological possibilities – drive development. 

You can use the Internet of Things (IoT) to develop more efficient, user-friendly applications for your IoT application. We all have the ability to leverage people's talent to help our organizations accelerate business innovation by providing the best talent and technology solutions that work together.

What is Design Thinking?

The design thinking process is about developing products and services that are designed for people and consume the infrastructure that makes them possible. The special feature of design thinking is that the designer's working process can contribute to the development, teaching, learning, and systematic application of human problem-solving techniques. Design thinking can get you to create organizations that serve people – not the other way around.

Design thinking helps us discover and understand its societal impact and take public measures that enhance the benefits and reduce the risks of IoT. The design thinking process in this article provides step-by-step guidance on discovering, idealizing, and validating an IoT solution

Background of Design Thinking and IoT

The Internet of Things is one of several areas crucial to a designer’s understanding. Security must be addressed to transmit information effectively, and we need to think about how to design secure interfaces between things. This capability can be overlooked by more conventional problem-solving practices and it has a significant impact on the design and implementation of IoT solutions, both in design thinking and execution. 

Design thinking and persona building are an established but important part of the design experience associated with IoT solutions. Design thinking is based on the ability to be intuitive, recognize patterns, and construct an idea that has an emotional meaning that goes beyond functionality. It’s expressed through media other than words or symbols, such as video, audio, text, or images. 

Implementing an IoT Design Thinking Project

A design thinking process provides a solution-based approach to solving problems – it’s an iterative process in which operational and organizational leaders seek to understand a problem, challenge any assumptions, and redefine problems to identify alternative strategies and solutions. 

Aditi Consulting recently worked on a project to identify damages to a motor vehicle. What you’ll see is a neural network cluster’s ability to analyze and interpret image scans to identify damage to the exterior or a Camaro.

This model can be used by organizations and their employees to create practical IoT understanding by applying the following four principles of IoT:

  1. Big Analog Data

  2. Perpetual Connectivity

  3. Real-Time

  4. Insight and Understanding

The neural network model mentioned above could also be useful for organizations, as they can use them as a starting point for creating a practical understanding of IoT. 

The Internet of Things focuses on identifying and solving persistent problems, and design thinking is an approach that will enable the IoT industry to do just that. Identifying user categories for IoT solutions will make life easier by making various design decisions while focusing on the essentials. 

We have intelligent technology that can send text, automate shopping lists, and adjust thermostats. By applying design thinking to IoT, innovations can be implemented to solve a variety of user problems. 

Design thinking provides a framework that enables IoT industries to refocus their thinking on what we can connect to the Internet next and where users need the most help. This is just one of the approaches that will enable them to do so.

Anyone can use design thinking methods to create a successful IoT product. A vibrant design thinking culture will encourage prototyping to validate the finished idea. If you want a piece of the IoT market share, consider using creative approaches to problem solving for your next project.

Design thinking encourages practitioners to observe how people interact with their environment in the context of the current design challenge. This requires user-centered design, such as that of an architect, designer, engineer, product designer, or UX designer.

Discover What’s Possible with Design Thinking & IoT

As you think of implementing design thinking for your business, understand that the decision cannot be emotional. It has to align with your long-term vision. Make sure it’s adjacent to your business, so you build on your strengths.

Our team at Aditi Consulting design and deploy solutions that drive value. Ready to put the power of digital transformation to work? Let us help you navigate the complex maze of entangled choices for your IoT needs.