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
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.
MU Lipstick PrinterMU is a makeup printer that creates lipstick shades that perfectly matches any color.
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.
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.
SeaCal Smart Plant PotSeaCal Smart Plant Pot monitors plant health and offers suggestions to keep gardens in full bloom.
Smart Doorbell™Smart Doorbell™ allows residents to remotely interact with visitors, improving communication and home security.
Project SeekerA scavenger hunt that engages event-goers, museum patrons, or other visitors with their location.
The Weather BoxThe Weather Box is an ambient device that shows (not tells) you the weather.
HyperspaceHyperspace is a pair of intelligent shuffleboards, uniting people with games through time and space.
FishWatchFishWatch is an ambient river flow monitor to identify the optimum days for fishing.
BaziBazi is an interactive Simon Says game that allows players to challenge one another no matter the distance.
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.