The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing to a massive collection of sensors and data simultaneously flowing in the background. There still needs to be an effective and intelligent interface to control the primary systems of IoT in real-time. This is where mixed reality (MR) has the potential to become a universal UI, developing IoT beyond just sensors and smart data. Combing MR and IoT will open a limitless floodgate for a number of applications with unimaginable digital depth. Here are some examples for killer applications of MR and IoT.
A limitless floodgate for applications with unimaginable digital depth
IoT brings a useful layer of digital information to everyday objects. But what is the best tool in MR to interface with this data? Your hands should remain the most effective way of digital control since there always on you and they have been interacting with these objects for years. For primary navigation you will be using your fingers and thumbs to swiftly access your digital smart home. Open your palm and you can see all the rooms of your house right at your finger tips. Tap on a room you wish to access and you are given necessary options to control objects that are IoT enabled. Some IoT enabled objects won’t require this method as you will simply either look or grab to receive digital depth. For more insight into this type of interface, visit Mixed Reality UI Hand Concept.
1. Smart-er Thermostat
Lets start off with devices that are typically locked in one position in the house. Traditionally the thermostat is placed on a wall and requires additional electrical wiring to run it. Well no more, you should be able to control the room temperature from the palm of your hand.
2. Smart Plants
An IoT device such as Koubachi can provide a users with deep insight into their home grown plants. They can show a user the growth of their plant over time. Provide live feedback on soil moisture, temperature, and overall health.
3. Real time shopping
Users can be given the option to purchase something at the exact time they need it. For example, imagine having your TV remote connected to the internet. It can show you when its battery level is low and search amazon for the batteries it needs, providing you the best price match.
4. Smart Outlets
For a long time the outlet has always had one function, you plug stuff in with no feedback except power. Recently, IoT smart outlets have joined the market. They work intelligently knowing when your phone is done charging. With mixed reality we can extend the interface to provide users the charge percentage, how much time is left, and who is charging what.
5. IoT Speakers
An IoT speaker should allow you to connect to anything beyond just phones. Anyone should be able to join and add a song to the playlist. A mixed reality interface provides real info on who is playing what. Primary controls of the speaker is placed on the users finger tips.
6. All print goes Digital
Objects such as soup cans have always been wrapped in print with information that is provided by the company. There is a whole multitude of apps and webpages full of rich info that can enhance your soup beyond what the can provides you. Your favorite fitness app can automatically detect the can and display the necessary health information you need. The can itself can search the web for the top recommend ingredients for a better tasting meal. Another example is a vinyl album can be apart of the digital ecosystem. You can see the top track on the album picture of the artist, similar albums, options to add to your streaming service.
7. Smart Toothbrush
Smart toothbrushes are still in the early stages, but can be revolutionary into personal dental care. Pretty soon they will be able if you haven’t brushed properly and set goals for you to accomplish. Going one step further, it could schedule a dental appointment when it detects it is time.
IoT status should reward interbobality among devices. Everything should just work, no learning curve or additional setup. The user can simply add anything they would like to their personal digital ecosystem without tasking through a hierarchy of sub menus.
Note to Future Developers
As a note to future developers of the mixed reality frontier. Don’t think of MR apps of having just one sole purpose. Instead, stress collaboration and connectivity in your apps to benefit the user. Truly think about what objects in the real world would benefit through digital enhancement.