IoT is an abbreviation for “Internet of Things” and is one of the most talked about topics in technology and design today. The term is thrown around pretty carelessly, but can be seen as an umbrella for the new generation of products, services and experiences made possible through modern connectivity, cloud computing and cheap technology.

So far, except for a few notable examples like NestPhilips Hue and smart energy solutions like E.ON’s 100Koll (Swedish only), IoT has mainly made an impact in non-consumer facing systems, for example in manufacturing industries, logistics, and agriculture. For example, according to a 2012 study in Chile, irrigation researchers managed to slash water use by 70% in a local blueberry farm using a network of wireless sensors. However, according to most predictions, the non-consumer focus is about to change.

IoT design is still to be defined as a field and will unfold itself the coming years. It’s important for us and our clients to keep up to date with trends and predictions. The “IoT Megatrends” book was a great opportunity for us to collaborate with VisionMobile, the leading research company when it comes to app economy, platforms and developer eco systems, to understand the forces driving IoT better.