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Combining Smart Objects With Mobile Apps Creates a New Frontier in Consumer Innovation

Published: 26 December 2013

ID: G00259278

Analyst(s): Nick Jones


Combining smart consumer products with mobile apps will create a new market of innovative consumer products and services. IT leaders in organizations that manufacture nontrivial consumer products should brainstorm ways to network products, make them smarter and add value with mobile apps.

Table Of Contents


  • Definitions and Background
  • Connecting Smart Objects to Apps
  • How Smart Devices and Apps Will Interact With Smart Objects
    • User Interface or Remote Control
    • Information Display, Analysis and Visualization
    • Communications Hub/Relay
    • Business Services
    • Web Interface
    • Social Interface
    • Orchestration
    • Mobile Devices as "Brains"
    • Sophisticated and Dynamic Features
    • Operations and Utilities
    • Help and Support
    • Identification
  • Monetizing Mobile Apps Plus IoT
    • Product Sales
    • Information-Enabled Services and Value
    • Ecosystems
  • Finding IoT-Plus-App Opportunities
  • Security and Privacy Challenges

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