is really scalable, because I don’t believe people
will buy a special, expensive device for each one
of their needs,” says Rafi Haladjian, co-founder
of Sen.se, Saint-Ouen, France and a pioneering
Io T entrepreneur.
So for his latest project, Mr. Haladjian set out to
build a product with motion sensors designed not
just for one specific application but for a variety of
Io T tasks. To tackle that challenge, Sen.se spent the
last four years developing a device that aims to separate IoT-enabled software from the application-specific hardware gadgets that typically house them.
The idea is that, depending on the consumer’s preference, the same product can be trained to function
as a fitness tracker, a device to monitor sleep quality
or a tool to adjust a home thermostat.
A decade ago, a consumer wanting to learn how
many calories were burned during a workout had
to turn to a sports scientist. Now a Fitbit band
provides that data. Similarly, consider a pacemaker: Confirming that it performed properly once
required a doctor’s visit. Now, not only can a doctor
monitor the device’s performance remotely, he or
she can monitor the heart’s health at the same time.
Connected devices provide clear benefits, yet
there’s a problem in the IoT world. Because it is
possible to measure and analyze a nearly infinite
number of activities, a person is likely to experience
IoT fatigue in short order if a separate device is
required for each task.
“I’m not convinced that this model where you
buy a US$150 device every time you have a need
“We found there
was a big shortage
of imagination when
we only provided the
tools for creating