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Lessons Learnt From Building Bubblino (a Thing on the Internet) Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
Who Am I? Putting the Internet into things since 1995 1995: Cash registers 1996: Joins STNC, embedded Internet startup 199...
Who Am I? 2002: Left Microsoft, founded own company 2006: Set-top boxes 2008: Arduino MCQN Ltd. builds Internet of Things ...
Bubblino Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nuttyxander/3206466676/
Challenges <ul><li>Prototyping </li></ul><ul><li>Design to be unobtrusive </li></ul><ul><li>Making it consumer-friendly </...
Prototyping <ul><li>Not as tricky or expensive as it sounds </li></ul><ul><li>Hardware is pretty cheap these days </li></u...
Design for the Background <ul><li>The tyranny of the power LED </li></ul><ul><li>Design for humans, not factories </li></u...
Making it Consumer-friendly <ul><li>Needs to work seamlessly </li></ul><ul><li>How do you configure a device that doesn't ...
Scaling Up? <ul><li>Lots of lovely prototypes/one-offs, but lots of people stall at this step. </li></ul><ul><li>A gulf be...
Explaining the Internet of Things <ul><li>Lots of competing terms </li></ul><ul><li>Don't worry about the tech, focus on u...
Thank You.  Any Questions? MCQN Ltd website: http://www.mcqn.com Or email adrianm@mcqn.com My Personal Blog:  http://www.m...
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Lessons Learnt from Building Bubblino (a Thing on the Internet)

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The talk I prepared for the recent TSB Kickstarting the Internet of Things event, although in the end I didn't get to present it.

Looking at some of the challenges and things I've learnt in building an Internet of Things product.

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Lessons Learnt from Building Bubblino (a Thing on the Internet)

  1. 1. Lessons Learnt From Building Bubblino (a Thing on the Internet) Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  2. 2. Who Am I? Putting the Internet into things since 1995 1995: Cash registers 1996: Joins STNC, embedded Internet startup 1997: PDAs – Psion Series 5 1998: Built first web browser on a mobile phone 1999: STNC acquired by Microsoft Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  3. 3. Who Am I? 2002: Left Microsoft, founded own company 2006: Set-top boxes 2008: Arduino MCQN Ltd. builds Internet of Things products for ourselves and for others. Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heungsub/4876380962/
  4. 4. Bubblino Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nuttyxander/3206466676/
  5. 5. Challenges <ul><li>Prototyping </li></ul><ul><li>Design to be unobtrusive </li></ul><ul><li>Making it consumer-friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Scaling up production </li></ul><ul><li>Explaining the Internet of Things </li></ul>Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com
  6. 6. Prototyping <ul><li>Not as tricky or expensive as it sounds </li></ul><ul><li>Hardware is pretty cheap these days </li></ul><ul><li>Build it yourself, or </li></ul><ul><li>Get someone to build it for you </li></ul><ul><li>Digital fabrication tools getting cheaper and more widespread </li></ul>Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucamascaro/2936920531/
  7. 7. Design for the Background <ul><li>The tyranny of the power LED </li></ul><ul><li>Design for humans, not factories </li></ul><ul><li>Degrade gracefully </li></ul><ul><li>Magic as metaphor </li></ul>Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattymatt/3104387906/
  8. 8. Making it Consumer-friendly <ul><li>Needs to work seamlessly </li></ul><ul><li>How do you configure a device that doesn't have a screen or a keyboard? </li></ul><ul><li>Getting connectivity: wired vs. wireless </li></ul>Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heungsub/4876380962/
  9. 9. Scaling Up? <ul><li>Lots of lovely prototypes/one-offs, but lots of people stall at this step. </li></ul><ul><li>A gulf between artwork and product </li></ul><ul><li>Outsource whole problem </li></ul><ul><li>Do it yourself </li></ul>Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ste3ve/521083310/
  10. 10. Explaining the Internet of Things <ul><li>Lots of competing terms </li></ul><ul><li>Don't worry about the tech, focus on uses/benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion from IBM, Cisco, et al a double-edged sword </li></ul>Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heungsub/4876380962/
  11. 11. Thank You. Any Questions? MCQN Ltd website: http://www.mcqn.com Or email adrianm@mcqn.com My Personal Blog: http://www.mcqn.net/mcfilter/ Or on twitter I’m @amcewen Adrian McEwen - www.mcqn.com

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