What is dizmo’s story?

Dizmo started at the end of the last decade as a research project to develop a new class of user interface targeting home automation and control. Soon it became clear that its scope and potential extended far beyond just home automation/control. A few trends triggered this reassessment, including: home automation morphing into smart homes (and smart everything), the internet becoming pervasive, the exponential growth of content and services, our digital assets becoming more far reaching, distributed and easier to manipulate and share, and lastly the widespread use of interactive displays and access points. All these trends created the need for a new way to interact with our digital world, a problem dizmo aims to solve.

When was dizmo founded and what happened next?

Dizmo was founded in March 2013 as a privately held start-up and a year later more private investors joined as part of a successful Round A investment cycle. At the same time, dizmo was selected by NBC Universal and Syfy Division, and was showcased during their private event at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. After this, dizmo successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in March 2014, was awarded the Red Dot Award in 2015 while being among the regional finalist of the UBS Future of Finance Challenge in the same year. In 2016, dizmo was selected by Initiative Mittelstand among the best in the category Industry Software and received Excellent Communication Design Special Mention in the prestigious German Design Award in 2017. While serving many different customers across industries, ATOS, Siemens and CEA announced in July 2018 that dizmo was among the 12 finalist of the Digital Industry Award. To receive the latest news about dizmo, sign up for the newsletter.

What does the name “dizmo” stand for?

‘Dizmo equally stands for a) the name of the company, b) the software product and c) the basic element of the technology, the digital gizmo (shortened ‘dizmo’). The latter represents a digital object, itself linked to a variety of different ‘things:’ digital representations of physical objects, applications, data, content, services and so on. Altogether, these dizmos represent doorways to our digital assets whereas the dizmoViewer provides the digital whitespace, virtually infinite, where we can oversee and orchestrate those digital assets.