Most of today’s high-tech consumer products are connected. Examples include a game controller wirelessly connected to a game console, a hand-held exercise device wirelessly connected to video game running on a smart device, GPS-based devices that know you where you are and how to get where you want to go, and wrist-worn health and fitness monitors that double as an extension of your smart phone. According to Forbes, this year the number of mobile-connected devices is expected to exceed to world’s population!
Connectivity spans wired technologies such as USB and Ethernet LAN connections, to wireless technologies including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Classic, Bluetooth Low-Energy, and Near Field Communication (NFC). The right connectivity technology for your product might be dictated by your market or the devices you need to be compatible with, or it might involve a complex series of tradeoffs related to cost, size, compatibility, ease of setup, security, reliability, data rates, and flexibility.
Andrews-Cooper has designed numerous connected products that meet the end-users’ needs and expectations.