What Would Nature Do?

by , Senior Mechanical Engineer and Sustainable Design Specialist

Natural systems face the same design challenges — faster, stronger, lighter,sexier, and cheaper — that we do... →

On-Ramp To IoT #4: Prototyping Your Connected Device

On-Ramp To IoT #4: Prototyping Your Connected Device

Now you’ve grasped the basic anatomy of an IoT device, identified how you’ll connect with and begin to communicate with the cloud, and selected a cloud service provider. It’s time to get prototyping! Should you go with an EE starter kit or roll your own? We finish up the series by getting into the essentials of building your IoT prototype.

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Looking Back, Moving Forward

We’re not the most sentimental bunch. Home is where the coworkers and the 3D printers are. But there are a lot of things we’ll miss about 2400 Market and a lot we’ll remember fondly. We asked around the office to capture them while they’re still fresh in our minds. Here’s a selection of memories from Market Street, plus what we’re looking forward to at our new digs.

On-Ramp To IoT #3: Selecting a Cloud Provider

On-Ramp To IoT #3: Selecting a Cloud Provider

No aspect of IoT product development is one size fits all, and there’s much to consider during this next step on the ramp to IoT: selecting a cloud provider to connect your device to the cloud. Will you build your own or go with an out-of-the-box solution? The big factors to keep in mind are: pricing models, hosting, capabilities, and web/mobile portals.

On-Ramp To IoT #2: Getting Connected and Communicating

On-Ramp To IoT #2: Getting Connected and Communicating

How early should you plan to start testing (and failing)? How will you get connected to the Internet? And which protocols can you use to communicate with the cloud? We survey the technology to help you make the best choices. Read this second of four posts in our On-Ramp To IoT series.

On-Ramp To IoT #1: Intro to Product and Process

On-Ramp To IoT #1: Intro to Product and Process

Our four-part On-Ramp to IoT series begins! We peel back the layers of an Internet of Things device. Then we share details about our integrated design process — a framework for quicker, smarter IoT product development that has our interaction designers and electrical engineers working together to synch up the best possible user experience and technology from day one.

Why Can’t an ICU Be More Like a Cockpit?

Why Can’t an ICU Be More Like a Cockpit?

A human-factors based redesign transformed cockpits for the better. Can it do the same for ICUs? This question sparked an initial study staffed by a diverse team, including ICU physicians, human factors specialists, and systems engineer. We’re working together to test a systems-engineering approach to collecting and delivering relevant data to the clinical decision-makers in an ICU.

The Processes That Guide Creativity

The Processes That Guide Creativity

Moments of inspiration aren’t unusual at all; practically any product innovation you can name has benefited from several. And if they seem to happen out of the blue, it’s because that genius was primed. But if “accidental” flashes of insight aren’t accidents, what are they? And more important, how do you plan for them? Here are five conditions for incubating creativity.