The Internet of Things and the Oracle user experience

How does the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team envision IoT changing your work world?

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  1. IoT, or the “Internet of Things,” is one of those phrases associated with emerging technology aficionados. But the past year has brought the phrase into the mainstream, and we’re hearing it associated with enterprise software applications more often. Oracle recently published an interesting interactive graphic that names a few of the devices that could be included in a conversation about the Internet of Things.
  2. And the conversation moved forward this past fall ...
  3. Over in the OAUX group, where we study the user experience around Oracle software, there's a team that researches emerging technologies. So the associated devices and tools that help enable the IoT have been on this team’s radar for a while. Director Jake Kuramoto (@jkuramot) offers his perspective on emerging technology and user experience in this post from The AppsLab blog.
  4. Jake says the game-changer is the smartphone. “Smartphones enable us to be an Internet of Things toy,” he says. They make our environment smarter, so that the presentation or the meeting comes to us. We don’t need handouts. We can see what we need on our tablet or even our phone. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) picked up on that in 2014.
  5. In 2015, CES focused on the smart home. Here's a round-up of new articles from The Verge on smart-home technology that was demoed at the recent 2015 event.
  6. Jeremy Ashley, vice president of the Oracle Applications User Experience team, while speaking at MakerCon 2014 pointed to ambient technology as an example of IoT in action.
  7. You can watch some of the main points of Jeremy's talk in this JavaOne video on IoT and the Maker Movement.
  8. Maker Movement Fuels the Internet of Things
  9. Or read the recap by Jake, along with a recap of the Twitter reactions.
  10. Ambient technology already exists to give us environmental cues for certain things. For example, Jake says, we’ve been making the environment smarter for people with disabilities for years. If a doorbell rings, the lights flash, so a non-hearing person sees that someone is at the door. Using similar technology, you can walk up to your door, and your house lights up and warms up because it senses your smart phone, and knows that you've arrived.
  11. That "walk up" experience is what the OAUX team is going for in researching and developing other emerging technologies that could help drive the next generation of the Oracle user experience. We've already evolved from a "walk up and use" experience, Jake says. With today's technology, we can just walk up. These next posts talk about beacons - from Google beacons, to Raspberry Pis, which the team has used to explore that "walk up" experience. We've shown a few demos using beacons at recent OAUX expos.
  12. And here's a recent post from Noel Portugal (@noelportugal), same team, on a new Wifi chip that lowers the financial bar for DIY IoT, if you're into that sort of thing. This one helps him control the temperature inside via the cloud. (Noel is into DIY IoT, and there will be evidence of that later in this post. Stick around for past Halloween and Christmas DIY projects).
  13. We did our own internal hackathon too, exploring Raspberry Pis as a platform for connecting sensors and systems. This tiny computer lets developers control other devices in interesting ways.
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