Wearable devices need to be lightweight, durable, comfortable and easy to use. They need to generate minimal heat, store data, connect to other devices, and be made of materials that are safe for use on or in the human body. They may also need to be water resistant, washable, bendable, and have a long battery life. And if they’re for the consumer market, they need to be fashionable too. We have successfully developed wearable devices that meet all these criteria.
We can recommend biocompatible materials, design and assemble flexible or flex-rigid circuit boards for devices that fit body contours, and integrate your preferred wireless connectivity protocols, including Bluetooth, WiFi, ZigBee, Thread, SIGFOX, LoRa or 2/3/4G. We can also develop products powered by body heat, solar energy or movement.
We take a strategic approach to product design. This just means that we think about more than the aesthetics and how it works. We consider all the elements and disciplines involved in developing a new product: from market gaps, consumer needs and competitors, through human psychology, ergonomics, branding, product personality and fashion trends. We design for the user experience (UX), and as part of this we also think about how the product fits with other devices and elements in the product ecosystem. We bring in specialist mechanical engineers and materials scientists if we need to, and work closely with the electronics designers at every stage.
We develop more than just the wearable devices, prototyping the back-end systems, APIs and mobile apps that make up the product system. One of our specialties is designing sensor technologies for the Quantified Self, and converting compound measurement into data that lets researchers and users track performance, change and improvement far more accurately than popular fitness devices on the market.
Big news at the Central Research LaboratoryJune 5, 2017
I was in London last week and decided to pop along to an event at the CRL (Maker Connections) in Hayes and Harrington. What with Cross Rail and mega development, the area is changing faster than a Lean Startup. It was great to catch up with Mat Hunter (mega experienced hardware developer) and also a previous NDP mentor, Mandy Nyarko, who is ...
NDP CEO Jacob Skinner is Riding For CharityMay 25, 2017
So I have signed up to ride from Paris to London next month in aid of charity ‘Room to Read’. Room to Read targets a fundamental solution to many of the worlds problems, that of education. By establishing schooling for girls and children across the developing world, Room to Read have supported over 10 million kids worldwide. This 3 day 320km ...
What are the trends for Wearable Tech?April 3, 2017
Hopes were high for a wearable tech boom in 2016. The burgeoning market was poised to capitalise on the widespread adoption of ever smarter smartphones. However, at the end of 2016, some of the industry players who had been at the forefront of both brand and device awareness have either left the wearables scene or struggled to maintain a profitable ...