Designing Connected Products
UX for the Consumer Internet of Things
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2015
Pages: 726

Networked thermostats, fitness monitors, and door locks show that the Internet of Things can (and will) enable new ways for people to interact with the world around them. But designing connected products for consumers brings new challenges beyond conventional software UI and interaction design.

This book provides experienced UX designers and technologists with a clear and practical roadmap for approaching consumer product strategy and design in this novel market. By drawing on the best of current design practice and academic research, Designing Connected Products delivers sound advice for working with cross-device interactions and the complex ecosystems inherent in IoT technology.

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    Comments about oreilly Designing Connected Products:

    Having worked in integrated residential technology for the last decade I am very aware of many of the UX problems that this book touches on. However, none of the material I have read in the past has brought such a clear, intelligent and comprehensive view to the subject. Overlay onto this the nimble, customer-first ethos of modern software & hardware design and you get a first-class book that I highly recommend to anyone wanting to work in home automation, connected products and consumer-facing IoT.

     
    5.0

    The must read Internet of Things design book

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      Comments about oreilly Designing Connected Products:

      Designing internet connected things is extraordinarily complicated whether it's thermostats, vacuum cleaners, lightbulbs, door locks or an entirely new class of product. You'll need a mixture of design skills and reasonably in-depth technical knowledge to be able to understand both the challenges and the opportunities inherent in giving products connectivity; and you'll need to know all the elements that can contribute to the overall user experience.

      There have been a few good books written about designing for the Internet of Things but this one stands head and shoulders above them all. None of them come even close to the depth of knowledge it provides and it manages to explain even the most complicated concepts in a way that's easy enough to grasp.

      If you plan to design products that have the Internet in them you absolutely must read this book. It's set to be for the Internet of Things what the "polar bear" Information Architecture book was to the Internet of Pages. In a few years time it'll be one of the most well thumbed books on your shelf.

       
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      A great guide to the complexities of design for IoT

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        Comments about oreilly Designing Connected Products:

        Connected Products are complex systems rather than discrete interfaces and their experience is the result of multiple factors, often beyond the designer's control. This book is a great guide through all the factors and limitations that must be considered, both technical and social.

        It's a big book, because the subject is, but it can be used as a reference book as well as reading cover-to-cover.

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