It is said that IoT market has a US$19 trillion opportunity and  mobile apps will be generating revenue of more than US$77 billion by 2017, according to Gartner, Inc. In this era of IoT devices, unique interactions of an app often work as an ‘invisible hand’ to serve as a strong identity for apps. However, one of the challenging team work inside startups is when designers have to explain interaction design to developers in order to visualize it in reality. According to a survey conducted in Carnegie Mellon University, 86% of designers feel it is more difficult to prototype interaction than the interface. It was also cumbersome daily task that struck Google interaction designer Tony Kim, that he decided to leave the company and make a prototyping tool to empower designers.

Sensor-aided code-free prototyping tool, ProtoPie allows designers to build complicated interactive mobile prototypes that fully utilize sensors in smart devices and prototypes across multiple devices like smart phones, smart watch and IoT devices.

In the designer’s prototyping tool market, Framer, Pixate and Origami offer sophisticated interactions for designers, however, Kim claims that those available in the market still require programming skill or scheme to fully learn and use it. “ProtoPie works with the simple concept model, like a jigsaw puzzle. There’s no need for programming knowledge, and those who play with it for a while can easily give body to their design.” Kim said.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com