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How to Design a Product for Free!
Got an idea for a new product that might sell well? Smart upfront investments in design for manufacturing can save substantial downstream production costs.
It Takes All of Us Working Together to Solve Thorny Civic Problems
Puget Sound has its share of challenges—homelessness, traffic congestion, and affordable housing to name a few. But, an underlying issue is that we're not working together to find solutions. I'm active with the Washington Technology Industry Association's Ion program—a collaboration incubator that brings together tech, government, and not-for-profits to tackle community challenges. In this video report, I explore this important topic.
Using Autonomous Robotics to Unlock a Next-Generation Natural UI
Think about your last encounter with a robot. For most of us, communicating with robots isn’t like communicating with another person—not yet anyway! But, we’ve been working on technology that enables a much more natural person-to-person like interface. Creating an autonomous robot that makes interacting with technology as intuitive as talking to a friend is made possible by combining artificial intelligence, voice and gesture recognition, 3D mapping, and spatial awareness.
One Step Closer to Instant Package Delivery
The holy grail of last mile logistics is cost-efficient instant package delivery, to wherever the recipient happens to be. The DelivAir system we’ve prototyped takes us a step closer to that by using drones, and a novel precision location and authentication technology to deliver packages directly to your hands.
Making Best Practices the Default with GitLab
GitLab was recently in the house for DevOps Stories Seattle, "a single day symposium dedicated to real-life DevOps transformation stories." Hosting the event here in our Seattle office was a great opportunity for us to cross-pollinate with other people and organizations that are using GitLab to solve their own challenges. Software Engineering Program Lead, Jason Haensly, joined in on the knowledge-sharing with a presentation describing how we use GitLab throughout the product development process, and why we think it's such a win.
Unlocking Lower-Cost Robotic Automation
The critical decision regarding investment in automation comes down to economics, and for many applications, automation still doesn’t pencil out. As Elon Musk recently acknowledged regarding automation at Tesla, humans are underrated—we’re flexible and capable. The trend toward automation will continue though, and we see a way to leverage low-latency, high-accuracy, outside-in tracking technology from virtual reality to significantly reduce the cost and expand the opportunities for robotic automation systems. Most of today’s robotic automation systems are currently burdened by expensive inside-out encoding and tracking systems as well as higher costs and weights to handle accuracy despite worst-case loads and degrees of freedom.
Alexa, what more could you do?
We're exploring ways to take the voice enabled user interface to the next level by augmenting it with other technologies or optimizing it with custom engineering.
Data Exchange In An Instant: An IoT Interoperability Case Study
Interoperability can be challenging and often has many pitfalls. Using a recent case study, we're illustrating the importance of a deliberate and regimented approach to developing a connected device.
Looking Ahead to the Next Year of AI In Product Development
Artificial intelligence (AI) had a starring role at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show and has been everywhere in the news since. At Synapse, we’re excited to build this trending tech into novel products and look forward to pushing AI to the next level in 2018.
Is Technology Ruining Sport?
Is technology ruining sport? With new technological developments, and ‘marginal gains’ everywhere, is technology making it impossible to be a truly competitive athlete without access to the latest technology?
BlueSee™ - Examining Your Wireless World
The world is increasingly full of devices that communicate via Bluetooth® Low Energy; Synapse’s BlueSee™ debugging tool provides a scriptable window into that world.
Combining AR and AI: Contextual Awareness
AR at CES demonstrated some leaps forward by combining the latest in AI and machine vision with progress in AR displays and HMDs to take AR experiences and opportunities to the next level.
Build the right thing, and build the thing right
With budgets and schedules becoming ever tighter, building the correct product the first time is more important than ever. At Synapse, we rely on a few key principles to deliver great products.
Will Robots Build my Product?
Automated assembly methods are on the rise -- what does it mean for the product development process?
Real World Testing For Real World Products
By testing our products like they’ll be used in the real world, we can minimize issues and risks and maximize confidence in the design as we move towards manufacturing the right product, on time and on budget.
Automation AR and Jobs: A Demonstration
Synapse has created a demonstration system showing how we can use AR and machine vision technology to train industrial workers to perform high-mix, low-volume assembly tasks which aren't good candidates for full automation.
Automation, AR, and Jobs: How AR will train and assist workers in the context of automation
Recent news headlines have highlighted jobs being lost to robots and automation. Jobs that involve high-volume, repetitive tasks are at the highest risk of being displaced, but for more complex, non-repetitive, and fluid tasks, augmented reality (AR) technologies show promise in training and assisting workers to perform these roles more economically than with full automation by leveraging the brains and hands of workers.
I was hit by an SF TechBus and I still bike to work. Here’s why.
I was hit by an SF TechBus and I still bike to work. Here’s why.
New Tech On Display at Display Week
We discover two new display technologies on display at Display Week, the Society for Information Display's annual symposium
Technology Advancements in Agriculture
Insights into the newest technologies in agriculture from industry experts at World Agri Tech Innovation Summit
How to Make Money in Retail
Many people working in product development love to create cutting-edge tech, but can overlook the details involved with getting that tech to market. In this post, we will explore the commercial aspect of selling products, and how it can make the difference between success and failure.
Synapse Happy Hour at SF Design Week
Synapse hosted our second San Francisco Design Week happy hour event and it was a great sucess. SF Design Week was the perfect opportunity to try out a modern take on wine blending technology and guests entered other worlds with two unique virtual reality experiences.
Synapse at Geekwire Sports Tech Summit
Synapse Project Manager, Ariane Callender, recently attend the Geekwire Sports Tech Summit, where she learned how data is used to monitor the health of the players, to better train the athletes, and how fans are consuming data and information relevant to their favorite sports.
Synapsters Share Career Experience at Seattle Urban Academy
Synapsters participate in Seattle Urban Academy Career Day Panel to pass along practical knowledge about engineering to intrigued, budding professionals.
Why New Product Introduction is Critical to Product Success
Contract manufacturing has fueled many innovative products by allowing companies to try new ideas without all of the overhead of owning factories. However, the further you separate the designers and the manufacturers, the more important it becomes to build that relationship to ensure product is made in the best interests of the client.
Crossing Borders to Advance VR Technology
Many talented engineers from around the world are seeking to connect and share with the technical community, regardless of the miles that divide, to find solutions to problems that cross borders.
How Much Does a Magellanic Penguin Weigh?
Aadithya has been working with the Penguin Sentinels Lab at the University of Washington to develop scales to passively measure weights and RFIDs of Magellanic Penguins in Punta Tombo, Argentina. Through careful design, thorough testing, and clear documentation, he has helped to ensure that these scales will withstand the tough Patagonian environment, thereby allowing the lab to collect valid data on the colony's weight trends.
Synapse at Bluetooth World 2017
In late March, Synapse attended Bluetooth World in San Jose, CA with Cambridge Consultants. Talks around the current generation of BLE generally focused on how to make more natural experiences for consumers, but Synapse engineers are excited for the new, higher level standards that are coming soon!
Synapse at Game Developers Conference 2017
Two Synapsters had the opportunity to attend the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. They were thrilled to support Synapse’s clients in the virtual reality space and learn more about VR hardware startups.
WE Local - San Jose
A few months ago, two Synapse engineers attended the Society of Women Engineers local event in San Jose. Throughout the three day conference, Kathy and Martine presented a session on prototyping and attended keynotes, workshops, and presentations.
Hardware Workshop at Synapse
Synapse partnered with Seattle hardware startup cofounder Marc Barros, and hosted the Seattle Hardware Workshop for the third year in a row. Started five years ago as a way to give back to the startup community, Hardware Workshop has helped hundreds of hardware companies develop real products.
Expanding the Synapse Braintrust
At Synapse, we've broadened our domain expertise into industrial and agricultural sectors, helping our clients accelerate innovation and time to market.
Better Interviewing Through Neuroscience
Hiring decisions are some of the most crucial decisions we make at Synapse, which is why we're making changes to our interviewing process to encourage system 2 thinking.
Digital Security for Connected Devices
Digital security and privacy are important parts of system design of digital products large and small, but are often overlooked until late in the development process. Here, we discuss the current state of security for connected products and the Internet of Things, and discuss systems engineering strategies for bringing secure products to market.
At first glance, a gamer playing Pokémon Go has little in common with a surgeon saving lives in an operating theatre. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that might not be the case for much longer...
Welcoming UW Students to Synapse
The Synapse team loves to open our office doors to student groups, but especially to groups as engaged as this one.
NPI Spotlight- Kathy Fedirchuk
Spotlighting Kathy's role, interests, and work at Synapse.
Successfully Delivering Risky Products
Providing answers to the two most common questions asked when engaging with a new client to develop their product concept; “how long it will take?” and “how much it will cost?”