From the perspective of those using smart home appliances, the mobile app that controls the appliance is the product. Consumers judge smart products—meaning connected appliances that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT)—largely on the quality of their mobile apps.
The Consumer Technology Association predicts significant growth in the sales of smart home technologies, forecasting 29 million units shipped into the channel in 2017, an impressive 63% increase over last year. Revenue forecasts are equally robust at $3.5B, a 57% increase over last year.
Discussions about additive manufacturing and prototyping frequently center solely on speed. But what is often left out of the conversation is the ability to develop more mature products before launch, thanks to the multiple design iteration cycles made possible by a 3D printer, says Scott Welham, general manager of advanced development at GE Appliances.
Simple. Easy. Quick. These are some of the ideas driving today’s kitchen trends. Busy consumers are increasingly interested in fast and convenient cooking—witness the popularity of meal delivery cooking kits—and appliances can respond.