The information industry is driven by innovation. At the same time, the technologies of the digital age have been successfully implemented and landed. Therefore, it is not difficult to imagine that “Internet of Things” will become the most prominent feature of this era.
However, in the face of the vast Internet of Things system, how can enterprises reduce the development cost and difficulty? What should developers change to adapt to the ecosystem under the big environment, and truly open the road to intelligence?
Labx7 introduces you to the one-stop hardware development process. Hopefully, this will help developers and enterprises develop technologies more efficiently.
What Is Smart Hardware?
Intelligent hardware is a technology concept that refers to the intelligent transformation of traditional devices by combining hardware and software. With an intelligent hardware, applications are connected. Although the operation and the development are simple, when done correctly, more applications emerge one after another.
The object of modification may be electronic devices, such as watches, televisions, and other appliances; or devices that were not previously electronic, such as door locks, teacups, automobiles, and even houses.
Smart hardware have drastically expanded from wearable devices to smart TVs, smart homes, smart cars, healthcare, smart toys, robotics and more. Typical intelligent hardware includes Google Glass, Samsung Gear, FitBit, Maikai Cup, Handcuffs, Tesla and more.
3 Intelligent Hardware Features
1. Information acquisition and interaction
3. Soft and hard combination
The Composition of Intelligent Hardware
A sensor is a type of detecting technology that can sense any acquired information and transform it into electrical signals or other forms of information output to meet the requirements of information transmission, processing, storage, and display. Other requirements include records and controls.
2. The Controller
A controller is a master device that involves the wiring of the primary circuit or the control circuit in a predetermined order. It works by changing the resistance value in the circuit to take control of the starting, speeding, braking, and reversing of the motor.
It has a program counter, an instruction decoder, an instruction instructor, an operating controller, and a timing generator. It is the “decision-making body” that issues commands, which is responsible for completing both coordination and direct operation of the whole computer system.
3. PC or Mobile Application
An Introduction to the Development Process of Intelligent Hardware
1. Demand Research and Analysis
Anyone who develops a product category needs to conduct a complete market research beforehand. The same applies to intelligent hardware. By collecting useful values for the group, there is a clear direction for product development orientation and functional requirements.
These data that need to be collected include user research, competing product analysis, demand analysis, market capacity, development trends, product positioning, and more.
2. Industrial Design
Industrial design methods use varying design concepts and them as primary references throughout the design process. The expected output of this step is a 3D appearance model.
The industrial design of the product includes product appearance, feel, material, color matching, etc., such as metal or plastic for the frame, curved or straight on the back, and which colors to match.
The primary consideration of industrial design is the visual effect. Its quality directly affects whether a product is beautiful and classic, and directly determines the market popularity of the product. Excellent products should be considered: aesthetics; practicality; uniqueness; scientific, usage habits, etc.
3. Make a Hand Board
According to the 3D appearance model, the appearance hand board is made. There is a special hand board factory for the appearance of the hand board. It usually takes 3 to 4 days to make a straight board product. The appearance of the hand board is solid and cannot be dismantled, mainly to confirm the appearance effect for the customer.
4. Structural Design
After the ID design determines the shape of the product, MD will step-by-step build all the parts inside the product. For example, whether the frame is made of metal or plastic, how the back shell is fixed on the frame, how the battery is placed, whether the motherboard is grown or not, and the size of all the parts are controlled to determine whether the appearance of the ID can accommodate all the hardware of the product.
If the design given by the ID is too difficult to achieve, then MD and ID designers will have to sit down and talk about it. Sometimes, they will have to pull the hardware engineer. The advantages and disadvantages of consulting with the MD directly is that it affects the number of times the mold is modified, and also affect the progress of the entire project.
5. Hardware Development
This mainly includes schematic design and PCB diagram design. The hardware design is not only made to connect the lines. It actually plays a critical role in considering multiple problems, such as power consumption, heat dissipation, radiation resistance, anti-static, and RF performance. After the completion of the joint test, if there is a problem in the middle, you need to redesign.
6. Shouban Proofing
Shouban proofing is a step wherein a verification sample that is manufactured in small quantities, is finalized. For the products that need to be produced in the mold, the hand plate is first made. This is in accordance to the product appearance drawing or structural drawing without opening the mold.
Shouban is the first step to verify the viability of the product. It is the most direct and effective way to find out the defects, deficiencies, and shortcomings of the design product. With this step, defects can be improved in a targeted manner, until the deficiencies cannot be found from the individual hand samples.
7. Open the Mold
Open the Mold is a step that refers to the development of molds (groups) (including design and production). It is also called mold making. In this step, the mold and related auxiliary equipment for product design are literally made.
The mold is a device for ensuring the quality, shape, and size of the product is accurate. After the product is designed and audited, it is mass-produced through the mold.
Mold is an indispensable tool for directly transforming product design results into actual products. Without the mold making step, the overall progress of the project is affected.
Tryout refers to the test injection molding process performed after the product is finished in the mold production, before the mass production. After the mold has been assembled and assembled, it is necessary to pass the actual injection molding and obtain the injection molded sample.
And then, through the sample inspection, it is verified whether the mold is fully manufactured to meet the design requirements. If the injection molding sample fully meets the design requirements, it means that the mold production can be put into mass injection molding without any problem. Otherwise, the mold modification should be carried out according to the problem of sample feedback.
Depending on the mold modification, the test pattern may be repeated several times before mass production until the mold completely corrects all problems. T=TEST, T1 and T2 are the first try and the second try.
Generally, after the first test, after product testing, mold adjustment, and appearance improvement are performed. Next, the second test is performed. If it is qualified, T3 is not necessary. If it is not qualified, the mold is adjusted and then T3, T is qualified. The mold is represented by M. For example, M1 and M2 mean the first set of molds and the second set of molds.
9. Small Batch Trial Production
Before a product is mass produced and arranged in appropriate small batch quantity, it undergoes a step wherein all formal production tooling, process, equipment, environment, facilities and cycle are used to create the product to verify the manufacturability of the product.
The purposes of this step include to stipulate the process of small batch trial production, to clarify the input and output information and corresponding responsibilities of each key point, and to ensure that the manufacturability of new products is fully verified.
The products are planned and produced accordingly, ensuring that they are developed and designed correctly. The company will then put the product into production smoothly, preventing the production batches from being bad due to improper materials, new molds and improper process control.
Generally, the quality department will conduct tracking and verification for the conformity and quality stability of the products obtained in small batches of trial production.
10. Mass Production
After a series of tests, and the product passes the necessary specifications, it is now produced in large quantities. Take note that mass production will be based on the interchangeability of products or parts, standardization, and serialization applications.
The rigid production line greatly improves production efficiency and reduces production costs. Its remarkable features are stable product structure and high automation.
(Disadvantages: at the expense of product diversity, the initial investment in the production line is large, the construction period is long, rigid, and it is unable to adapt to the ever-changing market demand and fierce competition)
Intelligent hardware development is said to be a complex system engineering, requiring hardware engineers, embedded C language engineers, and various aspects of the cloud system architecture.
As a global technology services innovation company, Labx7 helps startup companies or traditional manufacturing companies meet the comprehensive needs of smart products in the transformation of the Internet of Things through a one-stop Internet of Things solution.
To this end, we have launched a complete IoT solution from hardware, software and operational aspects to help enterprises and developers quickly and easily upgrade their products.
LabX7 helps our partners move from conceptualization to product manufacturing. We provide precise services at every step of the project, from concept to brand landing, from product design to product manufacturing, personalized customization, development, supply chain management and other industry chain collaborative services.
Our company is committed to helping partners deliver a superior customer experience and create innovative, intelligent hardware products that enable them to maintain lasting, solid growth value and added value in the marketplace.
There are many kinds of intelligent thermometers today, such as external thermometers and ear thermometers. Most of these products are small in size, equipped with batteries, are easy to carry, and adopt to Bluetooth technology. Their measurement speed is also fast, where in most cases, the result shows in one second.
When the temperature of a person is too high or too low, the alarm function is triggered. With such alarm, the person will know his body temperature right away and get timely treatment as soon as possible.
Safe and Convenient
The measurement method used in smart Bluetooth electronic thermometers is more convenient and accurate than the underarm temperature measurement and oral measurement. The temperature under the armpit is the temperature of the epidermis, which cannot accurately reflect the core body temperature. On the other hand, the oral temperature measurement can be affected by drinking water and diet, and avoid cross infection.
The measured data is accurately displayed on the screen, and the readings are most likely clear. The new sets of measured data are then stored in a memory for easy viewing and comparison.
Basic class – Contact thermistor temperature measurement + LCD display temperature
Standard edition – Infrared sensing + display
Professional version – Contact temperature measurement, Bluetooth connection app
Smart Bluetooth Electronic Thermometer
Basic hardware features:
Highly sensitive temperature sensor (32 ° C – 45 ° C)
Long press on/off
Low-power standby (less than 1uA)
Standard Edition hardware features:
Long press on/off
Professional Edition hardware features:
Highly sensitive temperature sensor (32 ° C – 45 ° C)
Urbanized life has brought many conveniences to people, especially that theaters, bars, large hotels, restaurants and other cultural and entertainment venues, as well as large shopping malls are just within reach. Then again, it seems that traditional manual sales methods are not in line with people’s current shopping habits. The good news is that people know how to adapt. And with the increased demand for convenient and easy shopping, elegant, practical, and interesting vending machines have begun to attract attention.
Self-service vending machines are now being used to serve modern fast-paced people, who currently have a need for nutrition, taste, and convenience. But we cannot deny the fact that the traditional sales method still exists, where business owners prefer to open a physical store.
Although these existing physical stores offer various styles, grades, and options to customers and meet their needs, they still have disadvantages, such as low efficiency, tight seat, and long distance. In addition, if customers want to eat delicious, tasty, and temperature-appropriate meals at a certain time, traditional physical stores can’t provide them on the spot.
In addition, if the customer is transiting on the road or if the time is urgently needed to solve the problem of eating quickly, even if the physical fast food restaurant is selected nearby, the demand for immediate meal cannot be satisfied. In response to this problem, it is urgent to design a vending machine that can be placed in crowded places such as office buildings, industrial parks, stations, terminals, and commercial circles to meet the needs of diners for convenient and fast dining.
The Vending Machine Design Process
The general process observed for designing vending machines include the following:
The organization of user groups
Setting of user tasks
Making a UD matrix based on user groups and user tasks
Use a UD matrix to construct design points
Comprehensive design based on design points
Perform a sharing evaluation of the design plan
Intelligent Vending Machines
1. After the user makes a selection, the vending machine program will initiate a payment request QR code (WeChat, Alipay or other electronic payment) to the backend server. This QR code will then be displayed directly on the vending machine display.
2. After the customer scans the code, the backend server will check whether the payment account has received the payment. If it is received, the backend server will issue shipping instructions to the vending machine, and the vending machine will ship according to the instruction.
An intelligent vending machine has many functions and the principle is very complicated. Some do not need to pay according to the input picking code. The concept is that the customer inputs the picking code or the lottery code. Next, the vending machine sends the picking And the backend server picks up the goods. The code is verified next, and the corresponding shipping instructions are sent to the vending machine. Finally, the vending machine dispenses the corresponding item and does what is specified in the instructions.
The working principles and concepts of modern-day vending machines are basically similar. However, it is worth noting that there are more and more intelligent vending machines being released on the market. Well, it’s nothing surprising because after all, it is more convenient to use mobile phones to scan codes and shop for goods.
User Task Settings
Based on the analysis of the use process, structure function, and the use environment of the vending machine, the user task model of the vending machine can be summarized into basic tasks and individual tasks.
The basic task model of the user can be summarized into the following stages:
(1) preparing to start the work,
(2) getting information,
(7) and ending of the work.
The user’s individual task model can be obtained by further refinement of the user’s basic task model:
(1) Finding and identifying vending machines;
(2) View the working status of the vending machine;
(3) Observing the types, prices, and sales of goods sold;
(4) looking for the coin slot; input currency;
(5) Click the selection button corresponding to the item to be purchased;
(6) The vending machine is shipped, the pick-up port baffle is pushed open, and the goods are taken out at the pick-up port;
(7) Find the machine, find the change, and take out the remaining coins at the zero position;
(8) End shopping and leave.
User Group Finishing
The goal of sharing the entire vending machine design principle is to have more technologies that meet the needs of all people and reach a society that is completely fair and caring. But under normal conditions, it is very difficult to do, especially in the absence of ideals, hard work, and direction.
In fact, it is impossible for any product to satisfy all users, because there are some people with severe physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities, who are unable to use certain products, including vending machines.
As can be seen from the shared design pyramid, people with severe dysfunction need special facilities or special designs to make their lives better. With this shared design, the use of product can be maximized, not only to a specific vulnerable group.
The focus of a shared design is put on groups that have certain behavioral abilities and have a common intersection with the general population. With this vending machine shared design, not only the general population can benefit, but also the visually-impaired and hearing-impaired people, the upper limb-disabled persons, the lower limb-disabled persons, the elderly, women, the children, and the like.
The retail industry, which started from small shops in the last century, has greatly evolved. Today, the sales points are so vast with physical shop branches, agents, unmanned shelves and tomorrow’s artificial intelligence robot pilot point. As you can see, the whole change is slowly shifting to free hands and do more. When the retail industry spread in the form of a star fire, it has occupied a large market, and it also brought great convenience to our daily lives.
Robots Add More Life to the Retail Industry
When the new retail industry is associated with artificial intelligence robots, we are introduced to artificial intelligence, autonomous sports planning, and other technologies that aim to provide customers with personalized shopping services, efficient and accurate marketing for branded merchants, open retail platform for operators, and lastly, online and offline integrated marketing data management.
Improved Offline Shopping Experience
In terms of customer reception services, intelligent robots can provide services, such as welcome reception, service inquiries, navigation guides, etc., that create a more interactive and attractive offline shopping experience for customers. These robots can also identify VIP customers for faces. With the launch of the exclusive VIP services, intelligent robots can already assist customers to accompany their children’s family members, attract children’s passengers, and extend time for customers to stay, so that they can enjoy shopping even more.
Intelligent and Precise Marketing
Intelligent robots can complete intelligent and accurate shopping guides through product information search, interest recommendation, and brand merchant guidance. At the same time, they also serve as a mobile and interactive advertising platform that can push ads based on location information during navigation. The robot can provide users with online platform drainage, online video shopping, remote shopping, and other services for registered members and VIP customers online. In an online physical environment, virtual goods and offline physical goods can be promoted to further expand a marketing space. Moreover, in today’s popular unmanned stores, intelligent robots actively guide customers into the store, answer customer inquiries, improve the operational efficiency, and the flow of incoming stores.
Excellent Data Capabilities
The data capabilities of intelligent robots mainly focus on data collection and data operations. As one of the traffic portals for offline retail scenarios, robots may be used to record each interaction and consumption data accurately. In real time, they can also synchronize with the cloud database. With the improvement of data volume and the continuous improvement of data applications, robots can analyze any application data to help merchants improve user portraits, grasp consumption trends and habits, and realize data-driven management and industry development.
Among all, the intelligent robot is not only considered an intelligent business terminal, a data collection terminal, and a data marketing terminal. It is also an important hub for connecting online and offline data and services. From terminal interaction and data collection, to data analysis and application, to the highest level of pre-judgment, this robot brings a typical professional intelligent hardware application based on big data architecture. All this said, it is safe to assume that the future value of smart shopping guide robots is limitless.
Core technology can be integrated into the retail scene, and robots can really be useful.
Intelligent robots have core technologies and functionalities, such as autonomous motion planning and artificial intelligence. Both can be integrated into retail scenes. Let’s take a look at the situation this way.
First, these robots use a motion platform designed for retail scenarios, which even in complex shopping mall environments of thousands of square meters, can accurately locate and accurately navigate. Also, robots can independently plan the path for precise navigation of merchant counters and achieve safe obstacle avoidance in public places. In addition to bypassing pillars, stairs and other fixed architectural furnishings in a mall, robots can also identify a deep environment, avoid dynamic obstacles like pedestrians that suddenly appear. With these robots, safety can be guaranteed even in public environments.
Interestingly, robots are also equipped with face matching technology, which can be used to serve VIP customers or assist merchants to register members for customers. They can also carry out personalized shopping guides based on gender, age, mood, and other facial attribute recognition. They can even be used for precise marketing to create a personalized shopping service experience for customers.
In the aspect of intelligent voice interaction, robots can adopt to a voice interaction scheme, combining open domain chat system and vertical domain dialogue system, and designs three levels of open domain chat system, grassroots vertical field dialogue system, and deep vertical field dialogue system. The dialogue corpus is based on industry. And the user’s business needs are customized. When talking with customers, robots can screen the conversation content like an hourglass, and finally focus on the customer’s needs or interests. Soon thereafter, they can recommend a product or service that best matches the information provided.
In the process of providing interactive services for customers, robots continue to accumulate professional knowledge and colloquial corpus, and gradually build an increasingly sophisticated retail industry knowledge base based on robotic autonomous learning and system iteration.
More than the application of robot core technology, LABx7 wants to provide users with integrated worry-free product delivery services, from the early stage of demand combing, customized secondary development, to robot dialogue corpus design and construction, operation platform maintenance, such as member face library and push content update, as well as regular product and system installation deployment, use training, and later System maintenance upgrades and more.
Online artificial intelligence can soon help promote the integration of science and technology into life in terms of social benefits. In terms of economic benefits, enterprises can reach more markets and obtain more profits with the highest attitude. Like today’s unmanned shelves, to the street adult shop, to the future artificial intelligence robot store manager, perhaps we continue to improve the quality of life on the road of technology. Obviously, technology plays a vital role in productivity. If we continue to study technology, lives will be better. Today is a new era of technological life. Let us quietly feel it coming.
It seems that 2018 is over, but as we look back in the recent months, we realize that there are still many things that are about to happen.
For example, we have witnessed the rapid implementation of new technologies, such as machine learning, AI, and the most popular, the Internet of Things. From the massive use of smart voice assistants, as well as smart home devices by consumers, to the sudden increase in the use of robots and advanced sensors, it appears that we are already on the brink of a dramatic twist in the way technology interacts.
When we imagine the coming year, we will once again look at the sparkling crystal ball and find outwhat the Internet of Things will bring in the near future.
Connectivity Will Still Evolve
IDC estimates that the spending on IoT will soar at a compound yearly growth rate of 13.6% between 2017 and 2022, which results in a total expenditure of $1.2 trillion in 2022. So, what does all this mean?
This means that more and more digital signal connections will enter all sectors of the enterprise and supply chain, and our homes will become even smarter. We’ve seen the proliferation of smart home assistants, including Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Apple’s HomePod. Facebook, on the other hand, isn’t outdone. They are working to push their Portal devices to try to bring some dedicated networking hardware to our home.
However, home connectivity might not only be limited to these devices because some companies aim to bring better connectivity technology to improve traditional home appliances, just like Samsung’s smart fridge. This is likewise common in connected cars. As Android, Apple, and other major players continue to work to make their interconnected techs an ultimate entertainment center on automobiles, one thing is certain: regardless of where we are or what tech companies are doing, connectivity will never be lost.
The Internet of Things Will Be Getting Closer and Closer to Us
The Internet of Things is literally getting closer and closer to us. Just take a look at the recent versions of Apple products, particularly the latest ones that integrate technology to monitor health stats. More and more consumer goods companies will seek to bring more connectivity techs that help improve our bodies in 2019.
Whether it would be smarter watches or smart fabrics on our clothes or digital pills, tech companies will continue to take advantage of these new technologies because of their ability to establish connections in our body to a healthy and well-being market around the clock.
International companies, such as Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Google, and Apple will begin to implement larger projects to connect our bodies and bodies more closely.
Data Breaches on a More Connected World
We have our fair share of experiences on data breaches, and major tech companies are not excempted to this, including Equifax, Target, Sony, and the Marriott hotel chain. Many of these attacks, such as the Target supermarket chain, were traced through the Internet of Things because hackers invaded data through a networked HVAC system.
But the public’s anger is not focused on “how” but on “why.” Because more consumers are becoming aware of their connected realm, everyone hopes that 2019 will be a turning point.
At this turning point, consumer data breaches will be able to track all connected systems and techs that penetrate our world. Mass media and the consumers will soon realize how many connections our world has, which will then likely trigger a subconscious reaction to how this connection make the world more vulnerable to hacking.
All this will hopefully prompt the government, the concerned sectors, and of course, the public to put more emphasis on ways to strengthen these hacking targets.
Increased Connectivity Awareness and Consumer Expectations
As consumers, most of us are accustomed to the entire express package tracking from the merchant warehouse to the delivery team. But we have to know that there is more to this.
As consumers become aware that connectivity is now better, they will begin to demand the Internet of Things. They will ask for an increased visibility. They would want to see where the product comes from. They would want to know how is it made. They would like to know how it gets to them.
Additionally, increased sensitivity to certain factors, such as the carbon footprint of an item, will trigger a range of supply chain issues, requiring information and improving visibility through better network connectivity services. This will encourage big brands and major supply chains to prioritize the ability to provide visibility.
We are in digital era. But 2019 will be a crucial year because consumers are more aware of the practical implications of this connection. As a result, greater pressure will be put in the hands of big brands and major global supply chains. They’ll be forced to take advantage of this digital connection to provide deeper understanding and insights on their products and services.
At present, there are challenges and opportunities for China’s manufacturing transformation. The emergence of new industrial technologies, such as Industry 4.0 and Industrial Big Data, have allowed “Made in China” to usher in new development opportunities. At the same time, these advancements have helped many lives to undergo rapid changes.
For instance, the GPS on your new car can tell the oven in your home that you are on the way. You will arrive home after 20 minutes, and the oven will start to bake food. At the same time, the air conditioning system at home will also be activated to ensure that the indoor temperature has been maintained at a comfortable 22 ° C when you enter the home.
The moment you walk into your home, you don’t need to press any buttons. The podcasts that you listen to on the way to work can follow you from the car, to the phone, and then to the home’s audio system. Even when you take a shower, you won’t miss a piece of content.
As you can see, scenes that seem to be in the future are now in our lives, thanks to the boom in the Internet of Things and smart devices.
Overall Innovative Solutions
We believe that the present industry 4.0 era’s composition can be divided into three major blocks: intelligent production, cloud big data technology, and overall innovative solution. Overall, these major blocks are called Become Industry 4.0.
However, in the past few years, the failure rate of smart hardware startups and investment has been extremely high. The form of intelligent hardware is too primitive. The so-called intelligence is mostly limited to networking. There are just so many unintelligent pseudo-demands.
Products also have limited control ability and lack research and development. They also do not undergo the entire process of testing, trial production, and mass production.
Based on these market pain points, LABX7 decided to invest in infrastructure, such as test labs, electronic hardware R&D equipment, and flexible manufacturing lines, to provide entrepreneurs with vertical depth technical services from product design to prototype production. We aim to discover the best quality projects to participate in the investment process.
A Shenzhen-Based Innovative Development Model
Labx7 is a global technology services innovation company, headquartered in Shenzhen, China. As the world’s leading IoT development and cloud service platform, we focus on product design engineering, development management, supplier resources, intelligent manufacturing, personalization, product distribution, and other product management services. We offer all this to help our partners from the conceptualization phase to the actual product development.
Shenzhen is China’s best “commercial engine.” Shenzhen, and its surrounding areas, can produce the best electronic products with the best technology, best quality, and best price at the fastest speed.
LABX7 builds the entire Pearl River Delta intelligent and intelligent industry system with Shenzhen as the center, and can shorten the delivery period of a new product (from the time of order, to the delivery time, including all intermediate links of preparation, production, transportation, etc.). No other country or region can match what we offer.
Scene Revolution Realizes New Dimensions of Product Innovation
In this advanced era, new scenes create new opportunities, and these scenes become an important entry point for the Internet. We use these scenes to create new connections between people and products, and eventually find new ways of interaction between people and products, environment, space and people, innovative products, and product business value enhancement.
Ultimately, we will provide a one-stop solution for user-centric products. LabX7 is committed to helping our partners deliver a superior customer experience, creating innovative, intelligent hardware products that enable them to maintain lasting, solid growth value, and added value in the marketplace.