More and more everyday objects – from automobiles to refrigerators and thermostats – are gaining the ability to communicate via sensors that connect them to the Internet and make them smart. While the Internet of Things holds unbelievable promise, opportunity, and excitement for consumers and companies alike, it also poses some challenges. Bringing a connected device to market can be complicated, and designing products and scaling businesses that are at the intersection of physical product and digital experiences is no easy task. We brought in a diverse group of experts to discuss these challenges and more at a recent Smart Salon entitled “The Agony & Ecstasy of Connected Devices: Tales from the front Line,” at Smart Design’s San Francisco studio.

Panelists included:

Renee DiResta, Principal, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures
Kevin Lee, Director of Product Strategy and User Experience, Samsung
Mikal Greaves, Co-Founder and VP, Product Development, Play-i
Sean Murphy, Director of Design Engineering, Smart Design


Smart Design invites thought leaders and industry experts to participate in Smart Salons to exchange perspectives on timely topics in the areas of design, technology and business.

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