In April 2017, Cortex journeyed to Hollywood, California for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE Awards, a global competition designed to stimulate new diagnostic technologies that will improve access to healthcare in the U.S. and beyond — technologies that are drastically needed both at home and abroad. Our client and partner Cloud DX entered the race in 2012 with the VITALITI Tricorder, a portable device that can be used to self-diagnose medical conditions.
“It creates a discipline and an internal corporate culture that can help you grow. -Robert Kaul
Medical products are entering the consumer space at a growing rate, providing safer and more effective health outcomes for the public. For prospective device manufacturers, it’s important to understand the impact that quality certifications like ISO-13485 have on the design process.
Any business leader (along with the venture capitalist who invests in them) knows that there’s no defined skill-set to success — no formula. That said, over course of my career, I’ve noticed shared habits of successful leaders designing incredibly innovative hardware solutions. Cortex spoke with some of those leaders, both on the entrepreneurial side and on the venture capitalist team, to chart some of these golden characteristics.
Cortex Design uses 3D printing to rapidly prototype hardware ideas in a physical form. Our in-house Objet polyjet 3D printer allows us to quickly print parts that could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars with subtractive CNC prototyping methods. It’s exciting technology, and it’s easy to understand why startups and Fortune 500 companies alike think about how 3D printing can augment their product design process, making it faster, cheaper, and leaner. In the future, 3D printing might completely replace other prototyping methods used in product design. It might even make advanced manufacturing in North America affordable again, and it might deliver a personal replicator to every home.
But we’re not there yet. Not even close.
Cortex Design is integrating Fusion 360 into our existing design process. In order to work with our vendors, we need Custom Drawing Templates in Fusion 360. This is not a feature that the Fusion team has implemented yet, so here’s how we made it work:
You know those little frustrations that happen over the course of the day? Many of them are actually moments of design failure — the gap between the promise a brand makes to you, and the product you actually get.
If the tech world was a baseball game, the rules of it would change every time a new player stepped onto the field, a seasoned pitcher unveiled a new pitch, or a spectator entered the stadium. That’s basically how we won $100,000 + $5.4 million in R&D for a prize we’d already been disqualified for. Here’s how it happened.
There is a lot of work needed before an idea can be presented to the world for crowdfunding. New product ideas need to be seen and touched first before their value can be appreciated. That’s what a prototype will achieve.
Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centred Design is a seven-week curriculum that introduces you to the concepts of human-centred design and how this approach can be used to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change.
Working in teams of 2-6 people, we learned the human-centred design process by applying it to one of three pre-crafted real world design challenges (provided in the course). Each week we explored the main human-centered design concepts through readings, case studies, and short videos. Throughout the course we had the opportunity to interact and gain inspiration from design teams around the world taking the course with us and asking questions of experienced human-centred designers when we felt stuck.
I recently attended a presentation by the decorated American sailor Ken Read. His talk was titled, “Sailing on the Edge,” and a significant portion of it focused on the design and build of the 100’ Super Maxi sailboat ‘Comanche,’ which he skippers for the boat’s owner Jim Clark of Netscape and Silicon Graphics fame.