Engineering connected products for the Internet of Things

GREG GORMAN | March 1, 2016

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We all know and touch connected products every day: cell phones and smartphones, thermostats, automobiles, televisions and more. Even appliances are getting smarter; for example, some can signify when service is needed because a part is showing signs of deterioration. Clearly, products are becoming more sophisticated and complex than ever before. What were once simple, stand-alone products are now smart and can communicate with users-and each other. All these products shape the Internet of Things.

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