Focusing on the Future of the Internet of Experiences

If you have been keeping up to date with the latest advances in technology, you will no doubt have come across the term ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT). This concept is one of the most exciting developments in the field of creating a network that connects all types of devices to provide us with greater convenience and more intelligent environments. IoT technology will enable our appliances such as refrigerators, cookers and lights to be connected to a network, but it will also extend far beyond our kitchen and into every neighborhood in our cities.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is being rapidly adopted as a way to improve people’s living standards. By introducing increased intelligence into our homes, workplaces, industries, and cities, we are able to gain insight into and interact with our environment in ways that have never been possible before. Ultimately, the IoT promises to make our surroundings smarter, more intuitive, and more responsive to our needs.

Despite the focus of many conversations on the ‘items’ of the Internet of Things (IoT), it is important to remember the other crucial aspect of the network – the human factor. This refers to how people use the intelligence provided by the IoT to shape their environment. As such, the Internet of Things has the potential to become the Internet of Experiences, through the engagement of users.

The term “Internet of Experiences” sounds interesting, but what really is it?

The Internet of Things (IoT) provides the foundation for the Internet of Experiences (IoX). IoX focuses on how the interoperability of IoT devices could generate new user experiences. The Internet of Everything (IoX) presents an opportunity to create more intelligent homes and communities, rather than just a technical feat. People will explore the potential of combining existing devices to create services that improve the quality of life even further.

Internet of Experiences Illustration – Courtesy of Research Gate

When we take a moment to think about it, this change in outlook can open the door to a range of new possibilities. The Internet of Things is essentially about connecting everyday items such as street lamps, bridges, and even trees with sensors that can gather data. All that needs to be done is to create new links between these items and the rest of the network. In the event of traffic congestion on a bridge, for instance, the sensors there could work with those in automated vehicles in order to reroute traffic.

The possibilities of the Internet of Experiences are virtually endless. This is due to the range of ways in which these experiences can be created. As a starting point, manufacturers of Internet of Things (IoT) products can explore the various ways in which they can utilise their products’ features. Additionally, individual users can provide direct and indirect feedback which may identify new and exciting experiences. Ultimately, the Internet of Experiences has the potential to open a world of opportunity.

Whilst I have been referring to the Internet of Experiences as a city-wide concept, the term may also refer to the generation of unique content tailored to the individual user. For instance, a wearable device which monitors the user’s health can share the data it gathers with other applications. Additionally, it could interact with a weight-management application to suggest reduced intake of certain meals, or even organise plans to increase the chances of pregnancy based on the information it collects.

A never-ending accumulation of one’s own unique insights.

It is certainly exciting to contemplate the potential of the Internet of Experiences (IoX) and the opportunities it presents for new connections and services. However, it is important to remember that IoX is not just about providing new experiences but also refining existing ones. This is made possible by the use of sensors embedded in devices, which can collect data and use it to modify and improve the user experience.

What effect does this have? By utilising a range of devices simultaneously, it is possible to interpret physical movements as input. Even if individuals choose not to provide direct feedback, it is possible to infer their reaction to the proposed events through their body language. Consequently, the network is constantly accumulating data on how people respond to the proposed activities.

Data science techniques offer great potential for exploring the vast amounts of available data and uncovering further opportunities for advancement and revelation. In actuality, many of these issues can be addressed without the need to create a new product; businesses and software engineers can simply release software updates over the device’s internet link, enhancing the device’s performance and functionality.

Despite how improbable it may seem; it is actually happening. Tesla utilised this technique to introduce a new ‘crawl’ function to their existing vehicles on the road. This feature gives drivers the option to use a low-speed cruise control in crowded areas. The most impressive aspect, however, is the mechanism, not the feature itself. The company was able to update all Tesla’s with an over-the-air patch, meaning that no one had to take their car to the service centre. Following this, Tesla implemented their own version of emergency braking, journey suggestions, and a remote engine starter.

It is evident that the time has come for researchers to contemplate the ever-changing nature of “backstage” experiences. If a business or developer perceives a necessity, they can take swift action by devising a solution and releasing it to users.

Future Obstacles

It is clear that the prospects that have been discussed are both attractive and straightforward. However, there are two major hurdles that must be overcome in order for these ideas to become reality. Firstly, there is a technical issue to be considered. It will be a highly complex task to combine such a wide range of goods, services, technologies, devices, and data into a seamless user experience. When taking into account the fact that these gadgets are being created by an array of organisations and individuals, the difficulty of this endeavour is evident.

In order to create a more comprehensive and detailed user experience, there will be an increase in the number of complex systems that will need to be integrated. To ensure successful integration, companies and governments need to put in extra effort to develop and implement standards. Failing to do so could lead to major difficulties in ensuring that these systems are able to communicate with each other.

As we confront our second major challenge, manufacturers will need to dramatically change their approach to creating products, services, technology and, ultimately, experiences. It is essential that they prioritise the requirements of the user as a result of this transformation. Despite the fact that we are currently in the era of the Experience, many companies are still struggling to put the customer at the forefront.

In light of this growing trend, development teams will have to work more closely together with multidisciplinary teams. Given the intricate nature of combining numerous distinct systems, developers of Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Everything (IoX) will need the assistance of experts from a variety of areas such as engineering, software development, artificial intelligence and even marketing. Each individual will have to figure out how to effectively cooperate with each other while still working towards their own objectives.

It is evident that the Internet of Experiences (IoX) presents a wealth of potential and promise. Of course, there may be obstacles to its development, however, recent trials provide grounds for optimism regarding its future. If IoX is constructed within the correct guidelines, then the improvements in quality of life it promises are attainable.

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