If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket -
and then giving Tater Tot only two of them.
My name is Claire Tannler, I am a senior at the University of Oregon in the School of Journalism and Communication. I am an aspiring public relations specialist and am currently at Tater Tot Designs as a PR and social media marketing intern.
As a 21 year old, I have been raised in a time where technology was (and still is) growing at a rapid pace. I am part of the millennial generation and most of us go about our everyday lives using ‘Internet of Things’ products without even realizing it. Initially we used feature phones in middle school that could make calls, send texts and maybe have a game or two. Now we rely on our smart phones for just about everything, yet we rarely appreciate or even think about what goes into the creation of our beloved devices. This goes along with a variety of other everyday technologies we use without thinking about: Bluetooth, push to start cars, wearables, wireless anything and the list goes on.
While interning at Tater Tot Designs, I have begun to understand the strenuous work, tedious planning and challenging design that goes into creating and producing technology that most of us couldn’t explain if we tried. I have come to the realization that the ‘Internet of Things’ is our future. Eventually everything is going to be connected in some way. On a daily basis I see a variety of investors interested in applying DADO in their products, “things” I had no clue were capable of being “smart” or connected to the Internet. It is crazy to see how far the industry has come over the past 10 years. I’m excited and curious, yet now more aware, as to where we are going to be in the next 10 years.
We were honored to be among these talented entrepreneurs and wowed by their creations.
At Tater Tot Designs, we think the Internet of Things (Iot) should be for everyone – and every brand.
That’s why we created DADO. DADO helps brands connect their products to the IoT through a light-weight, subscription based Platform as a Service (PaaS). Simply put, DADO places IoT technology into products and collects user and usage data, which allows you to manage it through the cloud.
We configure the DADO PaaS for our clients’ brand. DADO has four main components:
1) Hardware module that collects usage and safety data, in the case of traditional consumer electronics it allows for remote user control
2) Mobile app that allows users to monitor and control their DADO enabled devices
3) Web portal for user and account management, analytics, marketing and advertising
4) Cloud services to collect and manage data and to conect to third parties
We’re working on some interesting projects with leading brands in the consumer electronics space. Be on the lookout for the first set of DADO-enabled products in early 2015.
How can we help your brand connect to the Internet of Things?
Tater Tot Designs recently hosted iUrban Teen, a nationally recognized program focused on STEM+Arts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, +Arts) education. The program takes teens, ages 13 to 18, on interactive summit industry tours throughout the area.
During their day at Tater Tot Designs, teen participants were engaged with our “Design the Internet of Things” program. We worked together with the teens and challenged them to design an IoT product of their own.
The teens came up with numerous innovative ideas including: a smart couch, a smart mailbox, and smart physical grocery cart. After some deliberation, they chose to focus on connected smart windows and shades for the home. It was a great experience for us here at Tater Tot Designs, working together to create a collaborative learning and working environment as a model for these teens to add to their educational tool boxes.
DADO is a lightweight Internet of Things (IoT) platform that allows our partners to quickly implement and deploy IoT technologies into their existing product lines – without the time and costs associated with building an IoT solution from scratch. DADO’s white-label Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering turns top-tier brands into IoT forerunners, and allows early IoT consumers to buy the top-tier brands that they know and trust
DADO is in its second generation. It is being integrated into consumer electronics where it will allow the users the power to control the appliance and monitor activity from essentially anywhere. DADO can send push notifications to users, as well as share activities onto Social Media. Our proprietary operating system brings appliances to the world, allowing a connection with the cloud and the application.
DADO is the future of the Internet of Things and consumer electronics are only the start. Our partners will begin rolling out DADO-enabled products in the upcoming months, so check back soon for updates!
We’re excited to be opening our doors to the public for Design Week Portland’s open house on Tuesday, October 8th! Come by our office at 321 SW 4th Ave (between Stark and Oak) any time between 4pm and 7pm to meet Tater Tot, our canine co-founder; pick up a cool door prize (let’s just say it’s illuminating); and see what we’ve been up to.
Mandy’s stocking the drink mixer, and there will be plenty of snacks and treats for all. The 3D printer will be firing, and we’d love to show you some of the games we’re working on. Tweet a Vine video at our office, cc @tatertotdesigns, and if you get the most retweets, you’ll win a prize – fresh off the 3D printer!
Feel free to just drop in, but you can also let us know you’re coming so we can make sure we have enough cupcakes!
Tater Tot Designs has partnered with another great Portland company, Crowd Supply, to bring the FlatLight to more customers! At $20 with free shipping, we think it’s a great deal.
Tom Worley shares what we do, how we do it, and the best entrepreneurial advice he’s received with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.
A man recently called our office asking where he could buy a FlatLight. When our founder, Tom, suggested he could find it on Amazon, our potential customer replied that he didn’t have a computer. So Tom asked if he would like to come to our office and pick one up. We’re not a retail location, but we made the sale!
It’s easy to forget that not everyone has a computer, or access to the internet, but could still benefit from our products. Our new customer is a gadget fan, and wanted to know what other products we had to sell! We’re looking forward to giving him a call the next time we have something new.
Everybody loves donuts, and our friends over at Blue Star Donuts love dogs – so much so that they sell dog biscuits, too! As you can see, Tater Tot is a fan.