Integrated IoT Platform

Internal Product Pitch for Autodesk OCTO

Project  : Individual
Role : Design Research, Market identification, Product Ideation and Layout, Product pitching 
Summary

The rise of internet of things and connected products/devices/systems have led to numerous innovations. As these applications and products multiply and scale, the tools required to build them are becoming extremely essential every passing day. But engineers and developers working to create such a harmonious network of connected products still use varied and disconnected platforms and tools to develop their technologies. There is a rising need for a unified platform for developers, engineers and makers to work collaboratively, design smart products, deploy sensors, analyse data and most importantly to use this data collaboratively. The potential users of such an integrated platform span from students, kickstarter/indiegogo product designers, maker community members to architects planning on building the connected smart cities of the future.

Goals
  1. To develop a project based platform specifically aimed to design a software suite for connected products.

  2. To expand the platform from designing connected products to connected environments, industrial applications, smart architecture and eventually smart cities.

 

Inspiration behind the idea

Being a product designer, I have worked on many connected products like a smart stock market indicator, a connected smiley toy, a connected gym environment. Recently,  I designed a smart wearable for gym which detects the user’s sets and repetitions along with calorie data. I had to use 6 different software applications to collaborate with my colleagues and build the product (Atom and Github to write and share the code, Sketchbook and Illustrator to sketch the product, SolidWorks to solid model, ANSYS for FEA, Fritzing to design the circuit, Particle cloud for storing and analyzing data). This inspired me to think of an integrated platform for such product designs.

Platform Plan

Users should be able to build their IoT device, simulate the functioning of the device and test it - all in one software.

Autodesk has a huge pool of resources including solid modelling (certain functionalities from TinkerCAD, Fusion 360, AutoCAD), structural analysis (Simulation mechanical) and cloud based analytics (Buzzsaw). These functionalities along with microcontroller programming tools, electronic circuit design, connected product workflow simulation, manufacturing/prototyping tools and testing tools can lead to an integrated platform to build a complete connected system from start to end.

 

Impact
Instant favourite amongst students, makers, hobbyists 

Owing to a lack of an integrated software, these people face a lot of inconvenience while developing connected products presently. Many schools have introduced designing for IoT courses where students build connected devices. Product design companies developing smartwatches, wearables, connected home appliances would highly appreciate the integrated platform and a project based software.

Long time applications in smart city designs, intelligent industrial equipment

Growing the projects into larger applications and eventually helping to plan and design sensor networks across factories and cities would be the future goals of the software suite.

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