The Internet of Things (IoT)
The number of internet-enabled data devices is rapidly outpacing the number of humans on the planet. By 2020, it's estimated that there will be over 50 billion connected products.
Through research and education, we explore the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). We ask not only how to create connected products but how to connect them in a meaningful way: to improve people’s lives, bring people together, and enrich human-to-human interaction through device-to-device connections.
Featured Student Projects
Green CupGreen Cup is a scalable solution to reduce coffee cup waste by tracking coffee cups utilizing the Internet of Things.
LumwandLumwand brings a user into an experience of manipulating light. By combining angle and tilt and utilizing a mesh network, Lumwand creates a light show for the user based on the user's actions.
sMartThe sMart application is a one-stop shop for retail analytics, serving both retailers and customers.
FIDO for Huntington BankNew on-site and online banking strategies are designed to engage millennial customers.
Redesigning the Service TruckA project sponsored by Opus Mach envisions a more comfortable service truck
Charity TrackConnecting food bank donors and clients for more impactful food bank donations.
Palletizing for Unique PackagesA project sponsored by Parker Hannifan introduces the next generation of palletizing.
ClassifiedClassified is taxonomy software that categorizes data and improves organization for ecommerce businesses.
Solving Large Scale-Problems: HIV PreventionIntegrated Innovation Institute students consider how HIV medication can be more cheaply and effectively distributed.
MU Lipstick PrinterMU is a makeup printer that creates lipstick shades that perfectly matches any color.
Toolkit for Human OffendersServing social justice with a suite of playful connected devices.
WAGDSponsored by Jarden. WAGD is a connected product suite that reduces the anxiety of our pets while we are away.
Connected at the HippoConnected at the Hippo uses play to connect parents to their children, no matter the distance.
Revenge CycleRevenge Cycle playfully reminds drivers to share the road with cyclists.
The Bridge ProgramThe Bridge Program is a service that connects customers' holiday experiences with their next.
PersonosDesigned for distant learning, Personos uses a connected headset and wristband to help teachers better communicate with their students.
SnapberrySnapberry is a wearable IoT navigation device for those living with visual impairments.
Emotion PlusAn emotion-monitoring app that helps users regulate their feelings for a happier, healthier life.
Smart Doorbell™Smart Doorbell™ allows residents to remotely interact with visitors, improving communication and home security.
SeaCal Smart Plant PotSeaCal Smart Plant Pot monitors plant health and offers suggestions to keep gardens in full bloom.
MedCloudThe MedCloud app tracks patient medication schedules to notify patients when it's time to take or refill their prescription.
What2WatchWhat2Watch offers personalized movie recommendations and locates nearby theaters with showtimes for best-match movie suggestions.
Food Truck FinderFood Truck Finder connects users to local mobile restaurants so they can discover and track their favorite food trucks.
Project SeekerA scavenger hunt that engages event-goers, museum patrons, or other visitors with their location.
HyperspaceHyperspace is a pair of intelligent shuffleboards, uniting people with games through time and space.
Emirates MomentsThe Emirates Moments program takes the rewards program to the next level, appreciating not just the miles passengers travel but the time they spend.
The Weather BoxThe Weather Box is an ambient device that shows (not tells) you the weather.
Rinse-n-Ready Fruit SnackerSponsored by NUK. This product helps busy parents prepare healthy snacks for their children.
The Smart BinSponsored by McKesson. The Smart Bin is a connected medical container and alert system that saves nurses time and reduces medical costs.
BaziBazi is an interactive Simon Says game that allows players to challenge one another no matter the distance.
Medical Emergency Prevention System (MEPS)MEPS is a suite of products and services assisting airline passengers with high-risk medical conditions.
FishWatchFishWatch is an ambient river flow monitor to identify the optimum days for fishing.
The Satellite ShelterSatellite Shelter is an affordable, easy to use temporary shelter to aid homeless living in harsh weather conditions.
The BEAM SystemSponsored by Jarden. Students design a portable micro-kitchen for the future, with urban millennials in mind.
LUV Water TankStudents develop a self-sustainable product to provide clean drinking water.
Night Owl AppStudents develop Night Owl app to help college students safely intervene to prevent date rape.
The Safety ShuttleSponsored by MSA. The shuttle allows worker to bypass each other safely on lifeline cables, improving mobility and preventing accidents.
SkyBedSponsored by International Truck. Students redesign the interior of the long-haul truck, making the driver feel more at home.
While there are already many connected products in the marketplace, almost every major corporation is still trying to understand how to create value from the Internet of Things. The greatest challenge for companies today is not how to develop functional IoT products but to create meaningful, enduring experiences for consumers.
Current Research Topics
At the Integrated Innovation Institute, we are delving into critical, emerging topics related to the IoT, researching its impact on both individuals and industry:
Ambient Financial Planning
Digital technologies are steadily removing the physicality from payments and banking. But, the tangibility of cash has significant implications for how monetary value is understood, perceived and recognized as part of these transactions. This lack of physicality can be linked to poorer financial decision making and wellbeing. We are exploring how smart 'objects' products, and in particular ambient technologies, can help return physical presence to digital money, transactions and decisions.
IoT Product Design Process
How should IoT product designers design and conceptualize how products connect? We are exploring design methods and approaches to better identify potential breakthrough products and high value concepts.
Product Personalization in the Wild
How do consumers value IoT connected products? We've launched in-home studies where participants imagine connected experiences with off-the-shelf products and personal prototypes to address their specific needs and desires.
User Preference Modeling
How do people really feel about using IoT products? We have a suite of formal methods that mathematically capture what users prefer emotionally to compare with what they say they desire.
How can the IoT empower new forms of human-to-human connections over long distances? We are developing new product categories to enrich human experience; to not just connect objects, devices and things to one another but to help us better connect with the people in our lives.
The Internet of Things is moving at such a rapid pace that there is rising demand for innovators cross-trained in engineering, design, and business. Through our specialized IoT coursework, students can advance their skills and be on the cutting-edge of innovating the next generation of products and services.
Designing for the IoT
A hands-on introductory course exploring the Internet of Things and connected product experiences.
Students advance their individual competency by developing one product prototype in-depth in this seven-week course.
How do we design ecologies of interacting objects in a useful way? This course explores designing of intelligent, interactive, internet-enabled spaces.
Mobile Apps for the IoT
An overview of the IoT as it intersects with software and building mobile applications, focusing on how to capture data and provide analytical insights.