What makes IoT devices successful?

Kevin Baily, President at Design 1st attended CES 2017 last week and shares his perspective on the secret to the success of an IOT product.It’s ease of use.CES 2017 was an exciting mix of IOT hardware products tethered to their companion cloud and phone applications.Many products were sophisticated prototypes with a product ready look, each booth beckoning you to try out their new features.  Audio interfaces are the new buzz.  However, at the show they were spotty with Amazon Alexa cloud platform and echo hardware devices struggling in the Wi-Fi […]

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The Value of Attending CES 2017

Interview with Design 1st VP Sales, Ian Kayser on value of attending CES 2017Return on Investment is always top of mind for Design 1st so being away four days to attend CES 2017 means there must be a pretty strong motivator. Ian Kayser certainly thinks so.I sat down with him to talk about his experience from CES 2016 and why it is beneficial to attend this year.

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The Dragons Den Archives

Watch Design 1st clients pitch their hardware product ideas on CBC's Dragons' Den Over the past several years, Design 1st has had multiple clients pitch their product ideas on Dragons' Den.  These products have included everything from pot light covers to fitness equipment, toddler monitors to ice cream makers, dog showers and humidifiers. Watch some of our favorite client appearances on Dragons' Den below:

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How to Design a 250lbs Heavyweight Combat Robot in 6 Weeks

Battlebots is an American TV series, where remote controlled robots fight one another in a UFC arena style elimination tournament. There are weapons, armour, hazards and destruction. The winners drive off glorious, the losers have to be carried out. This year’s Battlebots season is launching on ABC TV June 23rd - and we’re excited to have played a role in the development of a crowd favourite robot called Lucky Canucky.  

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We Are Wearables Ottawa Launch

An Ottawa Summer Full of Innovation, Making and Wearable Tech There’s no slowing down for us this summer. From IoT meetups to speaking at a Wearables industry event, and working on our own D1 MakerLab projects, we’ve been busy! But one of the highlights for us so far was being introduced to the We Are Wearables tech community, a grass roots organization whose mission is to promote the adoption and development of wearable technology. The group was originally started in Toronto by Tom Richal and then quickly expanded with a […]

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