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DADO Partners With Char-Broil For Better Outdoor Cooking in 2015

posted this on December 9th

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We think everyone should be able to experience the Internet of Things. Now, DADO and Char-Broil is helping make that happen. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Char-Broil, the leading manufacturer of gas grills and smokers in the United States, who will introduce a series of smart products within its Char-Broil and SABER lines in 2015. Our DADO Platform will enable outdoor cooking enthusiasts to easily control connected appliances with our free mobile app that monitors multiple functions during the cooking process via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

“For more than 60 years Char-Broil has been listening to and working with our consumers to create innovative products that deliver the best-available user experience. Today’s connected consumer is looking for products and services that simplify everyday activities. By incorporating DADO’s smart technology into some of our grills, we are making it easier for that busy consumer to customize and enjoy their outdoor cooking experiences.” — Christine Robins, president and CEO of Char-Broil, LLC

“At DADO our goal is to connect consumers with the Internet of Things, offering a simplified and enjoyable experience. Our partnership with Char-Broil further validates the desire amongst mainstream consumer brands to improve the user experience.” — Tom Worley, founder and CEO of DADO Labs

Planning to attend CES in January? Robins will present a keynote address during the ‘Connected Consumer: Keeping it REAL’ event on January 7, 2015 (at 1pm) at the Inspire Theater. We’ll be there, along with Char-Broil, to discuss the value and opportunities of consumer-centric innovation in home/cooking products. Join us!


Tater Tot, DADO Labs & the DADO Platform

posted this on November 25th

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Today marks the beginning of a new era for Tater Tot Designs. For those of you who have followed our journey over the past few years — thank you. Today, we’re proud to announce the launch of, what has been, a long time in the making — the DADO platform. You can now call us DADO Labs (new and improved website to come).

What? What? Let us explain. Your everyday home appliances are about to get a lot smarter.

What is the DADO platform? It’s a simple, light-weight and true smart appliance solution, manufactured directly into products (your favorite kitchen appliances, for example), which improves the quality of life and safety of users. Users can quickly and easily connect with enabled appliances through a free mobile app. The app will allow you to interact with and monitor your appliance via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

“The DADO platform provides manufacturers an opportunity to offer a more simplified, and enjoyable experience to their customers – an ever-growing demand in today’s market. We believe product success should be measured by how the product is experienced, rather than the complexity of the technology in the product. As such, the DADO research team focuses its concepts on customer satisfaction, overall experience and safety.” —Tom Worley, DADO Co-Founder and CEO

You’ll soon be able to see DADO in action, as Behmor Inc., a leader in coffee brewing and home roasting technology, will integrate the DADO platform into its products in mid-2015.

“With more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor space I immediately recognized DADO Labs’ commitment to bringing a unique solution to appliances. Together we have been able to utilize their innovative technology to bring Behmor’s product vision to life. Behmor products will be even more versatile and fun to use.” —Joseph Behm, Behmor President

For manufacturers, the cost of implementing DADO into new products is minimal. The DADO platform fills a gap in everyday technology, building custom smart appliance solutions into products, rather than retrofitting an existing appliance.

Follow us on LinkedInTwitter, Google+ and signup for news and updates to stay on top of all things DADO and learn about how our passion to further connect you to your ‘things’ will make your life easier, safer and more efficient.


A Word From the Intern

posted this on August 19th

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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.


PDX Tech Meetup

posted this on July 28th

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Last week, we had the chance to cook some hot dogs and demonstrate DADO to a packed house at the PDX Tech Meetup.  But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we’d like to thank @Thubten and @Phillipi for organizing a terrific event and bringing together some pretty incredible examples of what’s going on in Portland, such as:

We were honored to be among these talented entrepreneurs and wowed by their creations.

What excited us even more was the genuine enthusiasm and positive vibes we got back from the audience about DADO.  We know we’re only at the beginning of the conversation when it comes to understanding the Internet of Things (IoT) and that there will be a number of approaches to provide value to consumers in this space.  We think that DADO will play a big part in crossing the chasm of IoT adoption by providing a Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution to brands that consumers already know and love.
There were too many questions to field during the Q&A period, so we’d love to continue the conversation here.  What are your thoughts about the IoT?  What brands would you like to see connected in this space?

DADO is for Everyone

posted this on July 16th

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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 Welcomes iUrban Teen

posted this on July 1st

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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.


This is DADO

posted this on June 26th

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!


Tater Tot Open House for Design Week Portland

Arty posted this on October 2nd

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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!

 


FlatLight at Crowd Supply

Arty posted this on June 14th

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.


OEN Member Spotlight With Our CEO!

Arty posted this on April 19th

Tom Worley shares what we do, how we do it, and the best entrepreneurial advice he’s received with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.