How this ‘underrated’ technology spells big opportunity for developers.

April 8, 2020

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IoT and Sensors

Rudimentary sensors were invented well over a century ago and helped put the first thermostat on the market. More than 100 years later, research shows that creators are still thinking about sensors, but they continue to classify them in a sweeping, monolithic category. These general attitudes about sensors were illustrated in a recent Avnet survey of our element14 and Hackster communities to identify what is essential to product developers. One of the survey’s key takeaways? Some 61 percent of respondents said IoT and sensors are the most critical technologies for products they’re designing today.

Here’s what startled me the most: the fact that creators are still viewing sensors as the single most underrated technology driving the innovation train. When I read that, I thought: “Wow, developers think sensors are underrated?” There are sensors in almost everything these days, except maybe the coffee you are drinking now (and I can’t even guarantee that).

If your business interests touch anywhere within the sensor community, the “underrated” designation is exciting.  Why? Because if creators still don’t think that sensors are getting the attention they deserve now, then there really is no limit to where the IoT can go.

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