If you’ve ever seen the “check engine”
light come on in your car and had the requisite repairs done in a timely
way, you’ve benefited from an early-stage manifestation of what today
is known as the Internet of Things (IoT).
Internet of Things is not just another tech buzzword destined to flap
about frantically before fading into obsolescence. The network of
physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors and
network connectivity represents a new way of putting digital information
to work in the physical world. "Things," in the Internet of Things sense, can refer to a
variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants, cars with
built-in sensors, or smart thermostats for the home. These devices
collect data and then autonomously
flow the data between other devices.
University Press wanted to develop an interactive library that would
allow users to search content they had created about the Internet of
Things; for example, an article providing useful insights into how
wearables can change the course of the healthcare industry, tips on how
to ensure security in the connected age, or a video answering the
question “What is the Internet of Things?”. The content sheds light on
the IoT as a growing trend, and its implications on how
we do business.
FFunction was asked to create an interactive piece that could be embedded into an existing website, that kept UX
firmly at the forefront of the design and worked well on desktop and
mobile. In terms of a visual aesthetic, it needed to speak to the connectivity
of the IoT.
The interactive is intended primarily for
executives, C-suite leaders and others in business or the public
sector, who are familiar with the Internet of Things as a term and a
trend but perhaps not the technical specifics, implications or solutions.
Deloitte University Press has made great use of the interactive with frequently updated content, and they intend to reuse the interactive
library format to house other collections.