The term smart product refers to systems like Internet of Things (IOT) technologies, and embedded systems that use sensor data to build intelligence into the product. Popular commercial examples are the Nest smart thermometer, Philips connected toothbrush, Nike HyperAdapt shoes, etc. Many of the core components of the TLC developed modules – motors, sensors, and controllers – can be integrated with innovative systems leading to smart products, introducing students to innovative product design, prototyping, and manufacturing with entrepreneurship potential.
The smart trashcan robot is designed and developed as an example of smart product design. A prototype smart mosquito trap that identifies mosquitoes in situ is another example product presently under research and development.