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dizmo is a new versatile UI giving you access to an unlimited set of «digital gizmos» on any smart display or touch surface.

Why dizmo?

A considerable amount of gizmos that we used to hold in our hands have turned digital over the past few years; think of photos, maps, phone-books, agendas, encyclopedias, alarm clocks, catalogues, CDs, books and magazines. Together with other forms of digital content, video games and social networks, they are now part of an increasing number of web services and apps. It is our digital life.

dizmo, on any smart display and digital surface
dizmo, on any smart display and digital surface

Today’s user-interfaces feel inadequate to provide a natural (easy, direct, intuitive) access to all our digital gizmos, or «dizmos» as we call them, whereas hardware performance and availability continue to rapidly grow. It is a software problem that dizmo aims at resolving.

What is dizmo and how does it work?

dizmo is a new class of ground-breaking user-interface software which lets you interact with digital gizmos in the most natural way, on any advanced smart display and digital surface. We call it the «dizmo space».

Invented to enrich real time collaboration in the classroom, boardroom and office, dizmo can be installed on any standard OS like Windows, Mac OS X or Linux (see below for more details).

Real time collaboration in the classroom, boardroom and office
Real time collaboration in the classroom, boardroom and office

The way the user interface works, makes it device independent to a very high degree. So, it doesn't make any difference whether you use a touchscreen, an infrared pen or even a touch-pad or a mouse, since dizmo unifies these different ways of interacting with your applications.

    Some of the key features in the dizmo space are:  

  • Organize (move, rotate, re-size) dizmos on any digital surface
  • Create and concurrently use different dizmos at the same time
  • Get multiple copies of any dizmo
  • Swiftly navigate through an infinite digital space with a zoomable user interface
  • Move and share dizmos between various devices, across rooms or locations, making your digital gizmos ubiquitous through the cloud
  • Build your own dizmos, by using the dizmo SDK (see also below)
  • «Dock» dizmos together, allowing apps to talk to each other and work together

What can I do with dizmo?

In the dizmo space, users are able to use dizmos on any smart display, share content in an intuitive and immediate way and also visualize and control wireless devices such as lights, plant sensors, alarms, locks, webcams and dishwashers - interacting with the Internet of Things.

dizmo: the ideal environment for your smart home
dizmo: the ideal environment for your smart home
dizmo space is the ideal environment for workgroup collaboration, smart home and office environments, entertainment, education and many more. Here is a list of just a few of the potential users and practical use cases we can think of:

  • Early adopters and innovators, users of creative software in general, always looking for the newest and best way to create, share their ideas and collaborate.
  • Project teams using Arduino, Rasberry Pi or similar platforms, looking for a fast yet powerful way to create new brilliant User Interfaces for their use cases.
  • Teachers and students, or anyone looking for more efficient and productive ways to present and explain concepts and projects in a fully integrated fashion. A platform where simulations, results, charts, slides, images, live websites and videos coexist, in order to help you get your point across.
  • Managing today’s multitasking environments: use your digital book of recipes to prepare your favorite dish, while following your friends on Twitter, keeping an eye on your baby monitor and the front door webcam. At the same time, be able to follow the latest news or make a video call, all on the same touchscreen.
dizmo: enabler of true multitasking environments
dizmo: enabler of true multitasking environments
One efficient way we have found to integrate dizmo in the home or office environment is the 27” PCT2785 multi-touch display from Planar, with a sleek design and a bright and responsive all-glass front. (http://www.planar.com/pdfgen/2468/pct2785-multi-touch-monitor-2468.pdf). Easily adjustable, with a wide view angle and optimum connectivity, it has been a good companion to develop, promote and use our technology. This is why we offer it as a bundle with our product, to a very limited number of privileged supporters.

dizmo space and 27" multi-touch display available as a bundle
dizmo space and 27" multi-touch display available as a bundle
Within dizmo space, digital convergence takes place in the most immersive and intuitive way, creating new compelling and surprising use cases.

Imagine a world where the touch screens of the future are a reality and you can share content and use applications seamlessly across multiple devices, displays and surfaces. All-around environments where the interface and user experience are those we have come to love in TV series and movies, from CSI to Minority Report and Iron Man. At dizmo we don’t want to wait for the future, instead we are making it available today.

Moreover, developers finally get a platform to easily and quickly create digital gizmos and connect them to create new services and personalized functionality; web developers can deliver completely new user experiences and Ux designers can try out innovative interaction concepts with minimal efforts, freely re-arranging the elements of a control panel, for example. 

Marco, one of our dizmonks at work
Marco, one of our dizmonks at work
Creating new dizmos is simple. Becoming a «dizmonk» requires only a few hours of self-training with our short and simple API documentation; then, developing your «Hello World» dizmo using our SDK will only take a few additional minutes of «work» (at dizmo, we call it fun).

dizmo space is based on HTML5, CSS3, Javascript and provides you with an industry standard debugging environment (Web Inspector) that helps you producing powerful and effective code. In addition to that, you have built-in access to standard JS libraries like jQuery and Joose, while keeping the option to add your own libraries and frameworks. dizmo space also provides you with a utility library to allow you to easily make your dizmos look good and well integrated in the environment. 

dizmo is also fun. Our robot remote control dizmo, allows to drive a Wi-Fi control office tank-robot, chasing people around and transmitting live video at the same time. We call it «dizmo-bot» and it is now our company mascot, which is why we offer you the possibility to get control over it and virtually visit our premises or even have one of your own, dizmo style, as a limited edition of the i-spy tank (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxQ_a45NPdg).

Get ultimate control over our office mascot: dizmo-bot on the run
Get ultimate control over our office mascot: dizmo-bot on the run
And dizmo is also life style, innovation across the board and care of the environment in which people live and work. This is also why one of the first dizmos we developed is for the Koubachi Wi-Fi plant sensor (http://www.koubachi.com/features/sensor?locale=en ), so that now all our office plants have a voice!
Marco, one of our dizmonks completed it in half-day, proving once more how easy and fast developing new dizmos can be (http://www.dizmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Koubachi-dizmo-v2.mp4).

Give your plants a voice with a Koubachi plant-sensor dizmo !
Give your plants a voice with a Koubachi plant-sensor dizmo !
Why back us?

We want to put dizmo in your hands before anyone else gets it, and want your input and feedback to create an amazing new platform. We are aiming at releasing the dizmo platform (dizmo space and the first premium suite of dizmos, the collaboration suite) for sale towards the end of Q2 2014, allowing creative teams to collaborate in previously unimaginable ways.

What we want to offer you with our Kickstarter campaign is early access to the beta version as well as access to the SDK, if you are attracted by developing dizmos («dizmo space» applications). We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts on how dizmo can be used.

We will realize the true creativity leap together.

dizmo, the creativity leap
dizmo, the creativity leap
Currently, we have dizmo running on the devices that run one of the OSs mentioned above. Should we exceed our main goal, there will be a stretch goal that will bring dizmo to additional platforms like Android and iOS. This version will be web browser based; with the additional funding, we will bring in the developers necessary to make this happen.

What do I get?

You'll become the first people to try out our new dizmo space software, with the first set of dizmos. Including: 

  • Presentation Navigator
  • Slideshow
  • Web Browser dizmo
  • Remote Image dizmo
  • Stickies
  • QR Code dizmo
  • Timer
  • Dockable Weather dizmo
We are very excited to see what you will create and further develop.

dizmo: cool tools for makers
dizmo: cool tools for makers
In addition to the above initial set of dizmo, our dizmo «makers» release will include a specific set of dizmos to help you with your development projects including, but not limited to:

  • Philips hue dizmo
  • Rasberry Pi visualization and control
  • Arduino visualization and control
  • General RESTful data output
  • General RESTful data input
  • Blockly dizmo
  • canvasLAB dizmo
dizmonks @ work..it's them who make it all happen !
dizmonks @ work..it's them who make it all happen !
The technical bit
dizmo consist of two main elements:

  • «dizmo space» is a multi-platform application (written in optimized C++ and compiled for 32 and 64 Bit systems) that can run on any of the OSs listed below. It comes with a separate installer for Windows and OS X and as a binary or package for Debian or Ubuntu. Versions for other OS platforms are possible and will be made available with your support of the project. dizmo space lets you control your dizmo setup using standard pointing devices like a mouse, a track pad, an infrared pen or anything similar. It also supports commonly used multi point gestures to scale and rotate objects if your hardware supports it.
  • «dizmos» (digital gizmos) that you can create, arrange and use on the surface that dizmo space makes available to you on your device. You may easily write your own dizmos if you have some knowledge in web programming as they are based on HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript. As a web developer you will certainly know about the differences between browsers and may be glad to know that we are using WebKit (which is used in Google Chrome as well as in Safari) as our rendering engine.

Here are some of the most important points that might be relevant to you as a potential dizmo developer as well:  

  • Slim API available (our comprehensive documentation has less than 20 pages) including support for docking
  • SDK available supporting easy building, testing and deployment
  • UI Support Library
  • Use any Javascript framework you like (jQuery, Joose are included)
  • On our roadmap: transparent realtime synchronization, dizmo store and much more

Current System Requirements

Operating Systems currently supported:

  • Mac OS X 10.7. and later
  • Windows 7 and later
  • Linux (Ubuntu)

Minimal recommended Hardware

  • Dual core processor or better > 2.0 GHz
  • > 2 GByte Memory
  • > 250 MByte disk space
  • Internet connection recommended
  • Hardware support for OpenGL, >1 GByte dedicated video RAM
  • A separate video card will enhance the experience

Project timeline

 The team

dizmo is being developed by a seasoned team of experts qualified in building user interfaces, web technology and large scale back-end platforms. 

dizmo core management team
dizmo core management team
dizmo core management team in action
dizmo core management team in action
The core management team collectively has more than 100 years’ experience as professionals in the IT industry and has successfully founded several start-ups, such as Internet Access AG, futureLAB Ltd and etoy.
Here are our 140-characters biographies:

  • Founder, CEO and CTO Matthias: a serial entrepreneur and investor, passionate software technology pioneer and tech visionary. 
  • Co-founder and CCO Zai: a visual communicator and digital artist, former professor at ECAL in Lausanne and inspirational founder of the world reputed art group etoy.
  • Co-founder and CMO Luigi: a global marketing leader and strategist, who loves connecting people to products through cutting edge technologies, and loves coffee too.
  • Co-founder and COO Eckart: a prominent software development executive, a perfectionist with a background as entrepreneur and consultant, in addition to a law degree.
Essential to the team is the support of Pam Huling, a media executive who has contributed to dizmo since the very early stage of its incubation and continues to do so for all media, communication and partnership activities in the US.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

To introduce a disruptive technology in a market which is in rapid evolution is of course very challenging. We have built a core team of industry leaders in their respective fields to give credibility and building trust around the choices we make. This said, we know there are challenges that have the potential to disrupt the project.
Here is a shortlist of the main ones and how we are tackling them:

• market acceptance of a new technology,
• speed at which the market develops,
• unexpected technical issues

As for the latter one, a possible issue is associated to software libraries that might not perform as announced. We are indeed selecting the tools and libraries we are using in the project with great care. We are ready to put additional effort on our side to circumvent delays originating from delays in the road-map announced by a supplier or issues coming from how they are coded.

Concerning the speed at which the market is developing, we are in fact witnessing its acceleration since the time we first started the project in 2009, as the touch screen market is growing to more than 1 billion devices by 2015. The rapid adoption of IoT technologies is boosting the need of a new way to interact and communicate with machines further lowering the risk of a slow ramp-up. We are partnering with industry leaders in those fields of application to further reduce and control it.

As for market acceptance, we at dizmo have made sure that our product resolves real pain points and we are focusing on the features, use cases and market segments that take fully advantage of it. We have conceived our API to be simple, developed an architecture which is OS and hardware independent to a very high degree and ultimately easy to program and fun to use. Furthermore we are counting on the development of a large community of developers to further boost the deployment of the technology and this is where your support will be instrumental.

All this said, we are absolutely passionate and committed to this project and we are putting all our know-how and energy to bring to people the most versatile and innovative user interface they have seen in years, which will make current solutions look like the old command line interface. So please go back to the top of the page, pledge now and join us in this incredible journey.

Thank you!

FAQ

  • As per the Kickstarter rules your card will not be charged until our campaign has ended, and of course only if the project is fully funded. If our project does not reach its funding goal, your card will never be charged. You can find all funding details on the Kickstarter link below:
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  • Money raised through the Kickstarter goes to helping us to go into production. We’ll be doing more and exploring the limits of this technology. One key objective is to port the technology to more hardware (devices) and software (OSs) to make it pervasive and available to more people, applications and market segments. Most importantly, we’re looking to build a community, which is an essential part of our strategy moving forward.

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  • There will be a forum activated where users will share their experiences, a dizmo online email-based support for general users and “beta maker” backers / subscribers will get access to a specialized on line developer support service.

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  • Final product offering and pricing will be determined during the year and of course KS backers are being offered a very special price with respect to that.

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  • These are the operating systems currently supported:
    • Mac OS X 10.7. and later
    • Windows 7 and later
    • Linux (Ubuntu)
    Our roadmap includes extending the support to iOS and Android, of course, partly through Kickstarter’s support.

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  • With your support we will bring dizmo to additional platforms like Android and iOS. This version will be web browser based; with the additional funding, we will bring in the developers necessary to make this happen.

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  • dizmo is largely independent from the hardware being used. However, there is a minimal recommended hardware configuration to run it smoothly:

    Dual core processor or better > 2.0 GHz
    > 2 GByte Memory.
    > 250 MByte disk space.
    Internet connection recommended.
    Hardware support for OpenGL, >1 GByte dedicated video RAM.
    A separate video card enhances the experience.

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  • You can contact the dizmo media team anytime by emailing contact@dizmo.com

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  • If you are asking this question, the answer is probably "Yes". We encourage the general public to hold tight for the product version of dizmo. We promise it'll be worth the wait as the product will improve on virtually every aspect of the «makers beta» kit, which is essentially an early prototype of it. So if you're not a developer, maker and creator or hard-core enthusiast, sit tight for now and expect great things! If you want to be part of those who write it, get on board the «makers beta» release, but please understand though that it is an early prototype with limited dizmos available. We're hoping the community helps us change that, which is why the Kickstarter is so important!

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  • dizmo is designed to be independent from the interface hardware technology used. So, it doesn't make any difference whether you use a touchscreen, an infrared pen or even a touch-pad or a mouse, since dizmo unifies these different ways of interacting with your applications. Moving forward, dizmo will be available for gesture, voice activated devices and any combination thereof, implementing the full vision of senses’ driven interaction.

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  • dizmo is being developed by a seasoned team of experts qualified in building user interfaces, web technology and large scale back-end platforms. The core management team collectively has more than 100 years’ experience as professionals in the IT industry and has successfully founded several start-ups, such as Internet Access AG, futureLAB Ltd and etoy. If there is a team which can bring this technology to the market, this is it!

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  • A connection to internet is not mandatory for dizmo to work, but it certainly improves the experience and uses cases which can be implemented, as many dizmos use the Internet to access content and data. A connection to the Internet allows to better take advantage of the full features set of dizmo space.

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  • The «docking» feature of dizmo allows building specialized functionality easily and intuitively, by combining the capabilities of each of the docked dizmos. Data captured by a sensor for example, can activate other dizmos that communicate such conditions or take actions on it, enabling an infinite number of use cases in the Internet of Things.

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  • Sharing is made possible through a link service which activates a communication pipe sharable with multiple clients. The action involved consists of opening a virtual “pad” which acts as a container of dizmos and then setting the conditions of the sharing session.

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  • Yes, by making it available in the dizmo store which will be hit the market in 2014.

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  • The original intention was to create the most powerful user interface for the home of the future. Looking at what existed we didn’t find anything suitable and started to conceptualize it. Later on, we realized that the potential of the technology in the age of the Internet of Things was much wider than what we anticipated. This sparked additional ideas on features to be implemented, which finally made dizmo what it is today, so unique and future proof.

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  • dizmo is the name of the company, the name of the whole product and overall concept. «dizmo space» is the concrete implementation of the concept into the software platform. dizmos are interactive elements that provide the functionality of the user interface in the dizmo space.

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  • Double clicking the installer or dragging the application on the application folder depending on your machine…that’s it!

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  • Yes, as long as it’s running on any of the supported OSs. With your help and support we will expand the set of supported OSs, like for example Android and iOS.

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