The Internet of Things is a powerful, but often misunderstood term that describes the connectivity between products where information is exchanged in real time between other products and users. The push for smart(er) products is not a new concept for designers. Embedding software and electronic systems into a product can be traced back to the 1960’s with the Apollo program. However, present-day development of smart products comes with new challenges. The main issues being the expansion of software, the replacement of mechanical systems with electronic components, and the resulting integration between the three.
The goal of this movement from less mechanical to more electronics and software is to generate highly durable, quality products in smaller, faster packages that meet their fiscal targets. In order to do so, companies must constantly evolve their product development processes. All developers know simulation is a helpful tool in product design. However, developers of successful products understand the crucial role that platform-based simulation plays in their success, and the dangers of designing products using siloed workflows.