3 Lessons For Brands From the Smart Kitchen Summit

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an arms race focused on disrupting incumbents and brands grabbing their share of a multi-trillion-dollar pie. If you’re an existing appliance manufacturer out to “win”  – or even stake a claim – in the IoT, you’ll need to reimagine your brand and seize the strategic advantages you have over late entrants and “disruptors” in your category (more on disruptors here).  For your brand to be successful in the IoT, you’ll need to 1) Build products people love AND have […]

3 Questions To Ask About Process Automation With IoT

The smart home is certainly a hot topic, yet the unsung—arguably geeky—hero behind it all is process automation. This is the actual programming within devices that allows user input to automatically spur an action within the device. (You can find a great explanation of the differences between IoT, connected devices, and automation here.) In order to make smart devices more mainstream, developers need to keep the excitement strong and hold the consumer’s attention by using automated processes, including automated updates and troubleshooting. Customers will demand […]

The Connected Kitchen: Reimagining Your Brand With IoT

Every day, it seems that there are dozens of new “smart” devices being announced for the kitchen—everything from grills to slow-cookers to coffee makers. So how does a known brand shift into this burgeoning space? The way we see it, there are three major hurdles to jump over: Showing customers how connected features will make their lives easier. Adding value beyond the interaction. Making sure the technology delivers. Major retailers are already investing a lot of money to get the IoT message across. Demos, videos, […]

The Connected Kitchen: Saying Goodbye to Annoying Food Problems

The smart home is officially a big deal. So much so, CNET has bought an entire house to turn into a playground for testing and reviewing smart home products. And as we’ve said before, the kitchen will be the most popular room in the house for connected devices. Maybe that’s because it’s the room with the most activity—and the most mishaps. Here’s a collection of familiar food problems that will soon be laughable, thanks to innovations in the smart kitchen: Say goodbye to: That time […]

The Internet of Things (IoT) market could reach $290 billion by 2017—and that could mean big opportunities to improve and grow your product line. But when it comes to smart product design, you’ll need to go beyond hardware. To launch a connected product, you need a hardware module, a mobile app, a web portal, and cloud services that all work together to collect data and communicate with users. You’ll also need to consider whether or not to use an API to connect with other products […]

Disrupting the Marketplace With the Internet of Things

Will you disrupt the market, or will you be disrupted? That’s the question many established companies are asking themselves as smart technologies find their way into more and more products. Being first to market for a new type of product—or a new technology integrated into an existing product line—can help you retain or even grow market share. Take Honeywell, for example. The company invented one of the first thermostats back in 1885. When connected technologies for the home began to surface more than a century […]

Three Ways DADO Can Make Products Safer Through IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) can make life easier for consumers by connecting their home appliances, wearables, and even utilities to the Internet. But IoT can also make traditional products in the home—like smoke alarms, outdoor grills, and more—even safer. People are more likely to pay a premium for smart home devices that offer safety over novelty, according to a study from Acquity Group. The firm found that 83% of consumers were willing to pay more for a smart alarm, compared to 59% for a […]

IoT In The Kitchen: The Family’s Gathering Place Gets Smart

The modern kitchen is sleek, streamlined, and oh-so central to our lives. It’s the center of gravity at a party and the hub of everyday life. So it’s no wonder that the Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to hit the kitchen in a big way. In fact, the “smart kitchen” may result in a $10 billion industry by 2020, according to a report from NextMarket Insights. One Forbes columnist has gone on the record saying the smart kitchen may be the biggest opportunity in […]

4 Ways the Internet of Things Is Saving Energy, Water & Money

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we use products and systems at home and work. And by focusing on energy- and water-efficient applications, IoT can also save money and help us reduce our impact on the environment. Some of these technologies are already on the market. Others are waiting to be developed. Here are a few trends we’re watching. Energy-efficient appliances: Higher energy bills and gas prices are driving consumer demand for energy-efficient appliances, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Manufacturers are […]

Beyond Cool: What Do Customers Really Want From IoT?

Sure, smart is cool. But if you’re an OEM with a new IoT-enabled consumer product in the works, you want it to be more than a conversation starter. Once your product loses its out-of-the-box freshness, how will it stay relevant? How will it become a part of your customer’s daily life, and not just another trend? A whopping 30% of consumers already own or plan to buy an in-home connected device in the next two years, according to a report from Acquity Group. This includes […]