Energized by a high profile and wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, the OUYA Team engaged SurfaceInk to direct the engineering effort for the OUYA Game Console and Controller. Given a demanding schedule, our goal for the program was to protect the design intent and solve challenges that arose. Our Team provided expertise and experience, along with vendor introductions, to direct the product development activities here in the US and on the ground in China. SurfaceInk facilitated a successful delivery of developer and production units ready for release dates.
Overwhelmed by the terrific success of their initial product, the Ultra, Fitbit turned to SurfaceInk for help to bring their next-generation fitness tracker, the One, to market quickly on the heels of this success. Intended to be more rugged given the rigors of daily use, the smaller, sleeker package packed more features into a new watertight case. SurfaceInk created a successful, integrated system solution, managing their mechanical design efforts and working closely with the industrial design and electrical engineering teams.
GlobalStar Spot & Hug
While GlobalStar has the engineering horsepower to develop impressive satellite communications hardware, designing a ruggedized handheld device for the consumer market was outside their wheelhouse. SurfaceInk blended experience in both high-end consumer electronics and ruggedized commercial gear to help GlobalStar realize their vision of a professional grade, emergency locating system for the most demanding situations in the field.
Vocera Communications Badge
Primarily an enterprise software solutions company, Vocera tapped the consumer electronics expertise at SurfaceInk to help complete the development of their new communicator device, the B3000, designed specifically for hospital personnel. Besides supporting the device itself, SurfaceInk designed innovative personal accessories to better facilitate the use patterns among medical staff with the shared devices, all within the demanding requirements of a hospital setting.
With a successful enterprise communications customer base in place, AltiGen saw an opportunity for a unique, professional desktop device to exploit powerful features in their software. SurfaceInk worked in close coordination with the internal EE team as well as ID and manufacturing partners to develop an integrated mechanical design in keeping with the high-end aesthetics of the leading consumer products used alongside the iFusion. SurfaceInk guided the team through preproduction activities to ensure parts from the factory captured design intent.
Plantronics Calisto 800
Plantronics has legendary acoustic abilities to design world class audio products, and called on SurfaceInk to help realize their vision for a dead-front, capacitive touch user interface on par with the superb audio experience of their new hands-free communications hub. Coordinating closely with Plantronics engineers on a common master assembly database, SurfaceInk identified key technologies to realize the thin, seamless keypad & display design. To validate the integrated solution, SurfaceInk managed key technology vendors to develop and fabricate prototype parts for Plantronics’ test protocols.
Aruba Networks Access Points
For new strategic products in their line, Aruba Networks enlisted SurfaceInk to develop compelling industrial design and detailed mechanical assembly design. High performance standards for these commercial access points presented challenges to the team, issues overcome in large part because SurfaceInk could evolve visual and mechanical designs in tandem preserving critical time-to-market goals.
With a relationship spanning over three years and a dozen projects, Netgear turned to SurfaceInk again for the challenging A6200 Adapter program. With a timeline as compressed as the space inside the iconic industrial design, SurfaceInk moved quickly through a series of rapid prototypes to arrive at a well-integrated solution for release to manufacturing. Deep knowledge and experience with materials & assembly tactics helped SurfaceInk include two clever swivel mechanisms in a very tight package that, like the docking accessory, snap together with no fasteners.
In 2011, BridgeWave announced the first full rate, unobtrusive, 60 GHz picocell microwave backhaul product in their PicoHaul family series. Prior to that groundbreaking announcement, SurfaceInk helped BridgeWave by creating product concepts bringing together their innovative ideas with clever, robust mechanical design in a series of evolving prototypes. The resulting solution executes the core technology concept while addressing tough environmental concerns and hassle-free installation in the field. The “unobtrusive” appearance belies the technological sophistication inside!
Netgear Xfinity Wireless Gateway for Comcast
Collaborating with reknowned ID firm Frog Design, SurfaceInk delivered a complete mechanical production release package inside of two months to ensure the timely market launch of the highly touted Xfinity Wireless Gateway for Comcast. Starting with a refined industrial design from Frog, SurfaceInk generated a robust master model and assembly database in Pro\Engineer, designing and validating features along the way. Comprehensive parametrics expertly built into the database reduced timeline risks in the subsequent preproduction phases, allowing factory engineers to fine tune design details quickly without unraveling the CAD models.
SanDisk slotMusic Player
Fully integrated with the ID and marketing groups at SanDisk, SurfaceInk provided end-to-end mechanical design for these innovative devices. With deep experience designing for mass production of compact, feature-dense consumer electronics, SurfaceInk also served as principal contact with the factory to maintain fidelity to design intent as fabrication processes and assembly details were refined, maximizing use of materials and integrated features to minimize overall size.
Sun Microsystems Sun Ray Thin Client Family
With high standards for surface quality and subtle details in form, the ID team at Sun turned to SurfaceInk to generate high-fidelity surface masters in CAD starting from their 2D control drawings in Adobe Illustrator. SurfaceInk uses advanced surfacing tools to create, analyze and verify complex, curvature-continuous forms. Provided to Sun’s manufacturing partner as inviolable master surfaces, this database gave assurance to the Sun ID group that tooled parts would adhere to their demanding standards.
SurfaceInk, a longtime design partner of Palm, managed all of the engineering implementation for the two-year Pre project, from the pre-architecture phase to ODM troubleshooting.
Orb Networks Media Player
The MP-1 was the first hardware product developed by this online service company, and Orb relied on SurfaceInk and its partner network for complete industrial design, engineering, and production management.
This addition to a seven-product family required challenging manufacturing techniques, including triple-shot molding and a robust enclosure, in order to withstand rugged use while maintaining the industrial design language.
Green Toys Recycle Truck
SurfaceInk’s collaboration with Green Toys continued on this follow-up toy, the Recycling Truck, with moving bed and rear door and no metal parts.
Setbacks on the manufacturing line called for last-minute tolerance and interference troubleshooting and a sustaining engineering redesign in order to resolve assembly issues and bring this popular Bluetooth headset into high-volume production.
Quantum 3D Farsight 5600
For this ruggedized handheld device used by US Army infantry, SI went from initial layout and industrial design to breadboards and preproduction prototypes to a final product that meets IP67 sealing standards for water and particles.
Netgear Powerline Ethernet Adapters
SurfaceInk took industrial design models all the way to manufacturing, adapting two similar devices for use around the world, reducing part count and production costs, and delivering finished products within a tight market deadline.
Green Toys Tea and Gardening Sets
Using plastic derived from recycled milk jugs, using a method with a low carbon footprint, Green Toys selected SurfaceInk as its partner for design and development services, from industrial design to manufacturing liaison.
Using its extensive knowledge of surface modeling, manufacturing processes, and potential trouble spots, SI brought this set of four connection accessories to market swiftly and accurately.
Working closely with Zonare’s mechanical and electrical engineering teams, SI created challenging device connection features within a critical product-launch deadline.
Accuray Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery System
In order to encourage technicians to perform the daily calibration that ensure this device.
Klutz Bristle Bots
For Klutz’s first battery-operated, mechanically complex toy that was appropriate for kids to assemble and disassemble, SurfaceInk provided industrial design, product development and mechanical design expertise.
Entropy offers “bio-derived” skis made from reclaimed wood and pine-based epoxies, and chose SI to design and develop their entire product line, using parametric technologies that allow for new ski geometries to be developed easily.
Aruba Networks Wireless Access Point
Within tight product constraints required to fit within standard (but widely varying) dual-gang electrical boxes, SurfaceInk allowed an existing PCB to fit at an angle and be held in place solidly with no fasteners.
Socket Mobile Cordless Ring Scanner
This device needed to meet a range of environmental and extreme-use standards, including a particle- and waterproof seal, without compromising its light weight and durable industrial design.
Ditech Networks Packet Voice Processor
Addressing challenges in circuit density, heat dissipation, and power consumption, SI helped Ditech introduce a next-generation Packet Voice Processor that aids in fiber-optic cable management and termination.