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Brief Published: 3 Nov 2014

Dizmo: Interface of Things


Swiss tech developer Dizmo has launched a new control interface for the growing network of connected devices known as the Internet of Things (IoT).

Dizmo works with virtually any digital device and operating system, and makes them interact, according to chief marketing officer Luigi Mantellassi. The interface can be controlled by touch, gestures or voice activation, as well as conventional keyboards.

The building block of the platform is the "dizmo" – a digital object similar to a dashboard widget that can be moved around. Dizmos can be linked to each other to exchange data and perform new functions: for example, a home temperature dizmo connected to a Philips Hue lamp dizmo would make the lamp change colour when it gets too hot or cold.

Mantellassi said: "The Internet of Things is about interoperability across data, services and computing platforms, and the interaction between the digital and physical word. Dizmo provides the infinite digital whitespace where that happens."

The platform could help consumers with a range of tasks, including group collaboration, sensor-based environment monitoring and setting up smart home or office systems, according to chief executive Matthias Aebi.

See The Internet of Things, part of our Thinking Digitally Industry Trend, for more on the brand opportunities that might arise from the merging of the digital and the everyday. In addition, New Frontiers: Digital Tools, Techniques & Treatments explores the ways in which new digital platforms are reinventing how designers approach their practice, while Domestic Digital examines how interconnectedness is being embedded into a range of domestic items.