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What is IoT?
Internet of Things (IoT) describes the capability of an electronic device to connect, communicate, and exchange data over the internet. Some common examples of IoT devices include at-home products like Amazon Echo and security cameras, as well as wearable devices like the Apple iWatch, and many IoT devices are controlled using a smartphone app. By the end of 2016, there were over 17 billion IoT devices in the hands of consumers worldwide, and that number is expected to increase dramatically in the next decade according to IHS projections (Figure 1). At Kickr, our team of expert engineers know exactly how to transform your product into a high-tech, internet-enabled device so you can take advantage of this growing market. Contact us to learn more!
Sensors turn physical actions into digital data
A sensor can refer to any piece of hardware that translates physical activity into real-time digital data for processing, and they are found in nearly every IoT device. Sensors allow IoT devices to monitor and gather data on their own without user intervention, making our lives easier. For instance, the Apple iWatch includes motion sensors to monitor the number of steps you take each day so you don't have to count them yourself! Some more examples of commonly used sensors are cameras, microphones, thermometers, and pressure sensors. Contact us to learn more about how sensors can make your product smarter!
Send/Receive Wireless Data - Bluetooth, Wi-fi, RF
Most IoT devices include wireless communication technology like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ZigBee to connect to send and receive data over the internet. For example, when you ask Siri a question on an iWatch, it uploads the audio recording of your voice and downloads its processed response to the watch, and all of this can be done over a wireless network! Kickr has experience in developing hardware and software solutions for virtually every wireless application, and your products developed with us will have the same performance as today's top IoT devices. We are also experienced with battery and wireless charging features to maximize your product's functionality.
Cloud data storage and management
Processing and analyzing data like Siri queries or video streaming requires substantial computing power. By connecting to the internet, IoT devices do not need to store or process any of the data themselves. Instead, they send data to remote servers where it can be stored, analyzed, and sent back to your device to deliver the processed response, lowering the complexity and cost for consumers. With internet communications getting faster every day, the entire process of gathering, sending, and receiving data can happen in a fraction of a second. The Kickr software team is able to set up your cloud data storage and management systems so that your device can access the data it needs to make your product successful.
Are you interested in developing an IoT device? Is an IoT application a good fit for your product? Contact us to speak with an expert!
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