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A Survey about the Internet of Things (IoT): What does IoT Mean to Senior-level Industrial Design Students?

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Design Across the Curriculum 2

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Design in Engineering Education

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Bekir Kelceoglu Syracuse University

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Prof. Bekir Kelceoglu was born in Ankara, Turkey and attended Anadolu University, where he received his B.A. in Interior Architecture. Even before his graduation, he started to work as a free-lance tutor, product designer, and interior architect. In year 2006, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Ohio State University, concentrating on design development process in industrial design.
His research interests are: ergonomics, design development process, and emerging technology integration in design.

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Efe Kutuk Kean University

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The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) is not new. The first “traceable” practical application of the IoT technology was a vending machine, which reports the condition of the beverages inside, developed by Carnegie Mellon University in 1982. It was a simple system with simple sensors, compared to today’s extremely sophisticated IoT applications. Since its first conception, IoT came a long way in consumer products and industrial applications. Numerous research projects have been conducted; and, countless research papers have been published. IoT gained momentum in recent years and became one of the hottest topics in the industrial design discipline. IoT transformed the way once acceptable design methodologies into obsolete. New design disciplines started to emerge to solve complex information architecture problems. The consumer market is experiencing a growth of products that work by networking “things” with sensors. House appliances with complex sensors help owners by carrying out house chores. Autonomous homes heat and cool while the owners are not present. Smart devices even feed pets and play with them while their owners are at work or out of town. As the demand for skilled designers is increasing in the industry, it is not a surprise that the IoT-related courses started to emerge in the industrial design curriculums. The interconnectivity of products is becoming a standard in the product development process rather than an option; thus, companies look for designers who can conceptualize such products. This paper asks the vital question, perhaps as a self-criticizing way: “Are we ready to address the demand when potential employers ask for a new breed of designers who are capable of designing interconnected products?” The authors of this paper are currently asking this question to their respective industrial design programs. At the moment of this abstract, the authors are conducting mixed methodology research with industrial design college students, mainly with seniors. Their focus is to understand whether the senior-level students are aware of the technology, its implications, and future impacts on the industrial design discipline. 30 senior-level students are participating in the research by answering the prescreening questionnaire In the X University’s Industrial and Interaction Design program and the Y University’s Industrial Design program. After selecting participants by evaluating their awareness of IoT, individual interviews are to be conducted with future industrial designers for their in-depth understanding of IoT.

Kelceoglu, B., & Kutuk, E. (2020, June), A Survey about the Internet of Things (IoT): What does IoT Mean to Senior-level Industrial Design Students? Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34064

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