Being able to control parts of a home or factory using a smartphone, tablet, or even a wearable continues to create significant opportunities in the mobile app development market. As such, any digital studio hoping to target this emerging need must understand how to create effective app designs for IoT management. In the end, crafting an easy to use and responsive app remains critical.
While most of the growth in IoT lies in the manufacturing and industrial sector (the IIoT), this emerging tech also enjoys wider use in consumer markets. In the latter case, home automation continues to drive the smart home concept, allowing users to control lights, shades, and other residential appliances using a mobile device.
With a goal of crafting effective mobile apps for controlling IoT devices, check out this collection of the most critical elements in this type of app design. For these kinds of applications, an intuitive design and easy operation become critical. After all, consider the ease in which users manually operate home lighting, locks, and HVAC systems. In a sense, that level of simplicity needs to be your team’s goal.
Notably, many IoT apps, especially in the manufacturing, healthcare, and logistics sectors, need to model highly complex systems. As such, many apps end up being more complicated than remotely controlling a light switch. But at the same time, your mobile development team needs to design an intuitive interface easy for the user to grasp.
Needless to say, this core need for simplicity challenges any mobile app architect to craft an effective design. Additionally, screen real estate considerations definitely come into play when designing the user interface. Therefore, one critical question first needs to be answered: what kinds of mobile devices are being targeted? Smartphones, tablets of different sizes, and even smartwatches all remain possibilities, with each platform influencing the UI in different ways.
Beyond crafting a simple and effective mobile app UI, other important design considerations also matter. So let’s take a closer look at some of the most vital functionality to potentially include in your IoT app.
Building a compelling mobile app for the IoT requires you to focus on providing users with an exceptional experience. Part of this approach involves the inclusion of the latest mobile functionality where relevant. These potential features include voice recognition, near field communication (NFC), RFIR readability, and more.
Again, cover this area when researching the feature set with the potential users of the app. Prioritize the features to include based on the time and budget for the development effort. Arguably, the most important consideration needs to be the overall performance of the app. Without providing seamless and responsive control of an IoT system, expect the app to make little impact.
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