In this blog series, we will highlight some of the products we’ve developed, partly to show off what we can do, and partly to inspire new ideas for future products. IoT has endless applications, and there are some brands that are adopting it now, and doing it well. So you know how cool Char-Broil’s Simple Smoker with SmartChef Technology is? Well, think of the Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker with SmartChef Technology as it’s bigger, beefier brother. Here’s why: What it is A Wi-Fi-enabled, large-capacity smoker […]

Pop quiz: when developing your first connected device for the Internet of Things, do you build a product that speaks to other products through: a) a home automation hub; b) the cloud; or c) a telephone landline so every time you connect it, you hear this: Back in 2014, the answer was a. That’s when Nest bought Revolv, which had created an expensive, but good, scalable, smart home hub for consumers. At $299 each, Revolv was the answer to home automation with a major selling […]

In this blog series, we will highlight some of the products we’ve developed, partly to show off what we can do, and partly to inspire new ideas for future products. IoT has endless applications, and there are some brands that are adopting it now, and doing it well. We’ve already humble-bragged about how awesome the new, award-winning Behmor® Connected Temperature Control Coffee Maker is and how it’s making the coffee world a little bit hotter. So now we’re sharing a bit more about what we […]

While connecting toasters, dog collars, and grills to the Internet of Things (IoT) has a lot to do with hardware, much of the IoT  is built around services. This means that brands get to level up their relationships with customers. Here are a few benefits of IoT that allow companies to make happy customers even happier with connected products: Remote access: with the ability to check the status of connected products, companies are able to fix issues without service calls or even returning the product […]

It seems like everyone’s telling you what you should do to build your smart device, huh? Well, we are tired of that. Here are some things you SHOULDN’T do, besides the obvious—like build a smart jar for your whole-wheat flour. Oh wait. Somebody did. 1. Don’t just get new hardware. Sensors are great. As are meters, displays, and memory. But in order to make a connected device, you’ll need to think beyond those. Think of this mighty trio: hardware, software, and service. Instead of just […]

You’ve seen the numbers. There are billions of connected products coming to market in the next few years—devices for living rooms, bathrooms, and baby rooms. Are you feeling left behind in the IoT dust? It’s not too late to head out on the trail to IoT success. Developing a connected product is possible for pretty much any brand these days. It’s just a matter of getting the right people in your company on board to start the process. CIO writer Peter Bendor-Samuel wisely points out […]

Pop Quiz: Your connected device has malfunctioned. What do you do? Yell a bunch of curse words too inappropriate for a business blog. Call the device’s customer service number and waste half a day. Stick it in a box and return it—crusty, burnt BBQ sauce and all. All of the above. So none of these answers are actually very helpful. That’s because your device’s connection has a fundamental flaw. Most connected devices today run on cloud-based services. These make it easy for the user to […]

We’ve talked before about the fact that building a connected device also brings an onslaught of data. Data on who your customers are, how they interact with your device, and when certain functions are being used. Pretty cool, right? But as you know, with great power comes great responsibility. Let’s back up for a sec: data gets transmitted from your connected device to…where? Where does it go? Wired.com has a great answer and explanation of what standard protocols are being used for data transmission. Once […]

Stay S.A.F.E. with IoT security

Did you get a techy gift for the holidays? You’re not alone. According to Consumer Electronics Association’s Shawn DuBravac, 65% of Americans said they were going to buy a consumer electronics gift this year. Given that most of them are connected devices, that’s a lot of IoT. And with Santa’s sack full of smart gadgets and appliances comes a sleigh full of security concerns. But don’t worry, we’ve got a way to remember how to build a secure connected device—play it S.A.F.E. START (at the […]

According to Parks Associates’ new market research, 17% of consumers are planning to buy a connected kitchen appliance next year. Are you ready? The demand for connected devices is real. As Stuart Sikes from Parks Associates forecasts, “We will see even more experimentation and new use cases emerging from these and other categories in 2016.” In order to avoid turning this into an experimentation about gimmicks, companies will need to incorporate real value into their products. Here are some ideas we think can bring some […]