In the US, an orthopedic surgeon performs an average of 32 procedures a month, according to Becker's ASC Review. Many of these medical procedures are plate and screw placements that entail bone drilling, and require the use of a depth gauge to determine correct screw lengths. Inaccurate depth measurements can result in incorrect screw lengths and ultimately lead to surgical complications. To prevent this, McGinley Orthopaedic Innovations, LLC, now operating as McGinley Orthopedics, which develops innovative engineering solutions for surgical procedures, sought Speck Design’s medical device design expertise to develop the IntelliSense Drill with depth sensing capabilities.
Renovo Motors, a Silicon Valley-based car company whose mission is to build the world’s most exciting vehicles, came to Speck Design to design an enclosure for their patent-pending battery technology that sits in their Renovo Coupe, the first all-electric American supercar. The goal: to come up with a visual language evocative of a 1960s hot rod car, while alluding to the latest in EV technology.
Originally presented to Speck Design as a prototype, Suitable Technologies’ Beam concept was poised to alter the way remote employees engaged with their colleagues. This mobile telecommunication device serves as a physical “body” for offsite employees who want face-to-face communication with onsite co-workers. The product design and development engineers at Speck Design to help bring this idea to fruition and develop a product that could be manufactured.
zSpace, creator of 3-Dimensional holographic imaging displays, presented our product and design development firm in Palo Alto with their latest virtual holographic visualization tool that allows 3D interaction with virtual “objects” in environments ranging from education to medical to engineering. Our industrial designers and engineers were called upon to transform something inherently fragile, a virtual reality system, into something that conveys boldness and confidence, encouraging interactive experiences.
Accuray had developed the Cyberknife® M6™ Robotic Radiosurgery system, a non-invasive alternative to surgery for treating cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the prostate, breast, liver, pancreas, and kidney. The robotic radiosurgery system moves around the patient, tracking both tumor location and body movement in order to treat tumors from multiple angles. This three-dimensional dexterity allows the device to conform its treatment to the exact shape of a given tumor, avoiding damage to healthy surrounding tissue. The product design engineers at Speck Design were asked to refine the Cyberknife’s appearance and enhance the overall user experience.
Google, known for Google Glass and the self-driving car, is changing the way we interact with mobile devices with their new effort – the Project Tango Development Kit (TDK).
Google came to our product development and design company with the technology for a tablet capable of scanning and digital mapping. Using a sophisticated sensor array, TDK provides instant 3D mapping of a physical environment as the user navigates through the space. The Google system can perceive depth, shape, and form, just as human eyes can.