Importance of UX Planning in IoT Apps
Various people have different understandings of the term — Smart home. But a Smart home mainly indicates the adoption of a smartphone into our daily lifestyle. And to control this smart home we have home automation devices available in the Indian market today. A lot has been discussed about the devices but one hasn’t questioned the importance of the User Interface or the experience of the applications that control these devices. Let’s understand how this comes into play in the bigger picture of Internet of Things.
In the world of IoT and Home Automation, user interface is a very crucial aspect since it propels the efficiency of the physical devices via interactions with the user. Thus enabling them to easily monitor the status of every product that has been connected to their home automation system and also control these products on the go. Mobile apps have been traditionally proven as major drivers in the growth of IoT and home automation.
When we discuss an ideal user interface, efficiency & comfort are important aspects to be considered. The user needs to adapt this feature into his daily lifestyle. If the application is not comfortable to the point where the user doesn’t want to use it, the purpose of a smart home is defeated no matter how good the physical performance of the hardware is.
This brings us to what UX would classify into an efficient and simple one.A UX that depends on least interaction to achieve your task & a minimalist UI that depends on the “less is more”. Seamless navigation into different sections of the mobile app hass been crucial to allow the user to access any feature from anywhere in the app.
In order to therefore study the trend of providing efficiency, we conclude that designs must not only be intuitive & adapt to the needs of the user but also reflect a simple yet elegant design theme. This will make the process of controlling your home via your phone a welcoming activity rather than a tedious task that needs to be done.
However at the same time the UX & UI should be flexible & open to change for improvisation or improvement to include new functionality or technology in the future.