When Hardware Meets Software

How the Internet of Things Transforms Design and Manufacturing

When Hardware Meets Software

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Is the Internet the frontend of a new industrial age?

The Internet is rapidly transforming from a simple network of humans with computers into the backbone of a new industrial society of networked machines that connect with each other to get things done. And nowhere is this revolution more apparent than in consumer hardware. Welcome to the Internet of Solids, where software developers think like product designers, and product designers think more like software developers.

In this O’Reilly report, Mike Barlow talks to several industry leaders about the effects of the indie hardware movement, the product innovation taking shape on the factory floors of Shenzhen, China, and GE’s vision of an Industrial Internet.

This concise report covers:

  • The marriage of hardware and software by a new generation of DIY Makers
  • Why products based on software are giving way to products based on hardware
  • What it takes to free hardware from its physical constraints—without increasing cost
  • How rapid prototyping is making hardware startups look like software startups
  • The (near) future where devices continually share data and make real-time decisions

Download this free report and find out to why it is advantageous for students, software engineers, and entrepreneurs to learn how to work with hardware and why hardware people need to look at problems in new ways.

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Mike Barlow

Mike Barlow is an award-winning journalist, author and communications strategy consultant. Since launching his own firm, Cumulus Partners, he has represented major organizations in numerous industries. Mike is coauthor of The Executive's Guide to Enterprise Social Media Strategy (Wiley, 2011) and Partnering with the CIO: The Future of IT Sales Seen Through the Eyes of Key Decision Makers (Wiley, 2007). He is also the writer of many articles, reports, and white papers on marketing strategy, marketing automation, customer intelligence, business performance management, collaborative social networking, cloud computing, and big data analytics. Over the course of a long career, Mike was a reporter and editor at several respected suburban daily newspapers, including The Journal News and the Stamford Advocate. His feature stories and columns appeared regularly in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Newsday and other major U.S. dailies.