By Mariano Vassallo, Wearables and IoT Studio at Globant
Most players in the IoT industry today are using the Remote Control App as UI experience. But the smartphone is – as David Rose puts it – “awkward to use, impolite, interruptive, and doesn’t offer a good interface for much of anything.” The perfect IoT UI is the invisible UI.
Doors, lights, parking spots, cars, watering systems, appliances and everything in between should stop asking questions and just do what the user expects, freeing humans from all but the most critical decisions. But how do we get from a lose network of things to this magical experience? We make those things talk to each other. To be more precise, we build a brain that talks to all of them, gets data from things and systems, calculates logical actions to take and sends notifications and commands to channels, things and people. And that’s the next step in IoT evolution.
Connecting things to the net is a commodity in 2015. There are a myriad of competing standards on every layer of the communications stack. We need integration layers between things, systems and personas. The closest to this is currently IFTTT.com with a simple interface to define only triggers and actions. It’s simplicity is key to it’s success, but the enterprise needs more complex interactions spanning multiple devices, channels and information sources. So the question is: who or what will be the IFTTT of the enterprise world?