Voler Systems developed an instrument that measures turbidity (cloudiness) of water for industrial water processing. It uses the refractive index of the fluid to measure the volume of minute particles in the water. The user interface provided control for operational, diagnostic, and calibration functions. We provided a clear and intuitive user interface for the instrument running on an Arduino board with code that is easy to understand and maintain.
A solar cell you can put in the wash
RIKEN and the University of Tokyo researchers have developed an innovative ultra-thin photovoltaic device that is coated with stretchable and waterproof film, It provides electricity from sunlight even after being soaked in water or being stretched. While only producing milliwatts per square centimeter, it does provide a promising future for wearable devices. Read more at https://www.riken.jp/en/pr/press/2017/20170919_2/
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Many high technology companies focus their efforts on developing and commercializing innovative technologies vs. delivering products that customers actually want. In this interactive and informative session, we will discuss how to understand markets & identify customer needs, and then embed those needs into product design. Companies like Apple, that design products in tune with customer needs, gain a substantial competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Our expert panel will address issues including:
Understanding Market Potential & Customer Needs
Embedding Customer Needs into Product Requirements (PRD)
Translating the PRD into Engineering Development Specifications (EDS)
Tools & practices to help engineering meet specifications
How to identify and mitigate market & product development risks
Jessica Ching, Strategic Marketing Advisor, ActionSpot and Lead Advising Consultant, Life Sciences for XRPIZE (Marketing / Product Management)
Walt Maclay, President of Voler Systems (Electronics Product Development)
Mark Brinkerhoff, President of FusionDesign (Mechanical Product Development)
Kevin Rowett, VP of Hardware Engineering, DSSD (OEM Product Development)
Panelists will share their real-life experiences developing products for companies such as Samsung Electronics, Toshiba, Abbot Diabetes Care, Kumu Networks, Thoratec, Graphite Systems, Violin Memory, Boeing, JDS Uniphase and more.