We introduce what can be accomplished with our IoT platform through the example of the community member PUZZLCE Inc.
PUZZLCE is a mold maker with a long history. They handle from planning to fabrication and sales, using an integrated approach, and are also responsible for operating "giant-salamander," an outdoor brand created by a group of town factories in Gifu Prefecture. The CEO of PUZZLCE wanted to provide campers with products that would make camping even more fun, and while brainstorming ideas, he came up with the concept of combining traditional technologies and IoT technologies to create outdoor products that leveraged IoT, which is still a rarity in Japan. However, PUZZLCE did not have skills, knowledge, or experience in IoT, so they were unable to proceed with product development -- until they discovered our community.
It is a place where companies, schools, and organizations in various fields gather to collaboratively create user-first solutions on the co-creation open platform. The community members share an open "give & give" mindset, exchanging ideas about how to leverage the IoT by using our IoT platform, concepts for sensor devices and web services to be modularized and connected using our IoT platform, and their own specialized techniques and knowledge, in order to effectively and rapidly create innovative value. By combining the strengths of the members, we aim to create a world where it is easy for everyone to use the IoT.
When PUZZLCE voiced its desire to commercialize camping products that utilize IoT technologies, various experts in the community came together to turn that idea into a reality (Fig. 1).