Carlos Elena-Lenz from Frog has published an interesting blog post in Design Mind on 6 characteristics within the Internet of Things (IOT).
The Internet of Things is a double-edged sword for designers of all stripes because “things,” or endpoints, can take on a myriad of form factors. The variability is a blessing and curse.
… six key characteristics surfaced that make products inherently IoT. Each characteristic encompasses of a set of capabilities that can be dialed up or down depending on tradeoffs and decisions made in your design.Carlos Elena-Lenz
By framing IoT design with these characteristics, multi-discipline teams are able to work across their domains to make tradeoffs in interaction design, software architectures, and business models.
Image source: Amber Case @ LeWeb in Paris 2012 from Flickr
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Update (Nov 2014): The article appears also on Medium part of a 3-part series.