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.
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.
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.
As the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet and creator of such innovative products as the Telepresence system, Cisco was developing the industry’s first Evolved Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP), designed to increase Internet speed up to 10 Gbps. Speck Design’s team of researchers, designers, and engineers stepped in to create Cisco’s next generation CCAP platform, cBR-8, that would transform the Internet as we know it.
AAA came to Speck Design wishing to enhance the business productivity of their Club-owned and AAA-approved repair shops. They knew that experience aspects such as customer experience, customer relationship management, online bookings, and inspection tracking were ripe for improvement, but weren’t certain how to best capture their employees’ and customers’ needs and desires.
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.
Now Computing came to our industrial design engineers to develop a gaming accessory designed to enhance the Minecraft experience. Minecraft allows users to build worlds using virtual 3D building blocks, in either a solo or multiplayer fashion. With Gameband, players can save and easily transport their Minecraft worlds. This project came about as wearable technologies, wristbands, rose in prominence, and offered our design firm a chance to combine two divergent perspectives in a streamlined and multi-purpose product.
Renowned automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz came to our engineering design firm seeking to revisit the in-car entertainment experience. The automaker had developed a module to bridge the gap between vehicle and media, but needed an expert perspective on interaction, exterior module design and the overall user experience. Our product development company, Speck Design and Mercedes-Benz were facing conflicting product lifecycles around consumer electronics and accessories have a short lifecycle, while automotive in general must be slower to change.
Rainin manufactures the world’s most advanced electronic and manual medical pipettes. Their focus on making medical pipettes with brand distinction, high-performance quality, and user comfort has made their products ubiquitous in labs and health facilities around the globe.
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.
Intelligent Energy, the global power technology company, created Upp, a USB battery pack that harnesses the power of hydrogen fuel cells to help consumers recharge their smart phones, GoPros, cameras, or other USB-based devices. Upp doesn’t require charging, but generates its own power via a fuel cell. It can supply 25 amp-hours of charge – enough to completely charge the average smart phone 5 times, for approximately 1 week of usage. Intelligent Energy called on our product development firm to help design this groundbreaking personal energy device.
Cisco’s Telepresence System Business Unit (TSBU) asked our design firm to develop their first entry into the telepresence market, with the goal of becoming the category leader. Cisco sought to create a life-like, reliable, and visually consistent communication experience incorporating state of the art technologies in HD display, spatial audio, imaging, and lighting -- all accessible through an intuitive user interface.
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.