Connected Hardware

Connected Hardware is changing the way businesses make money and people live their lives. In the mass market, the Apple Watch, Fitbit, and Nest represent the best that Connected Hardware has to offer. At Ten Mile Square, we believe that purpose built Connected Hardware for targeting very specialized use cases represent a much bigger opportunity. Some examples include:

  • Portable heart monitors that provide detailed data to physicians and more freedom to patients.
  • Necklaces and bracelets that enable caregivers to track patients in assisted living facilities.
  • 3D printers that enable users to download designs and print custom parts on demand.
  • Sensor equipped vehicles that enable trucking fleets to optimize usage, routing and maintenance.

Most Connected Hardware has a few things in common:

  • Built using powerful, but inexpensive, hardware such as microcontrollers, sensors, and radios for Bluetooth, Wifi and cellular connection.
  • Sophisticated firmware and scaled down operating systems – such as Linux – to connect the hardware and manage the devices.
  • 3D printers that enable users to download designs and print custom parts on demand.

Services

Ten Mile Square brings years of expertise to creation and delivery of Connected Hardware. We develop full-stack applications that incorporate all layers of the necessary hardware and software to provide complete applications from device to cloud. We provide a spectrum of Connected Hardware services including:

Review and Assessment – We examine the design, costs, manufacturing, and quality for Connected Hardware products. We can assess the feasibility of a new product or suggest remediation or improvement of an existing product designed by your company or a third party. We can also assess the applications and cloud infrastructure that ride above the device layer.

Design Consulting – We will work with your team or partner in any or all aspects of the design process. We can also perform component selection and sourcing for US, Chinese and other supply options.

Advanced Prototyping – Based on your proposed design, we create one or more iterations of a prototype product, which will provide you an idea of how your finished product will perform in operation and gives you the opportunity to make design changes to improve performance or fix quality related issues.

Complete Product Design and Manufacturing – We assume the responsibility for designing and managing the manufacturing for your Connected Hardware application, including:

  • Board Design and Prototyping – We perform iterated design cycles including schematics, layout; power, communications, enclosures and other hardware components; test harnesses, testing and qualification; bill-of-materials (BOM), and other aspects of a complete board design.
  • Firmware Development – Our skilled firmware engineers perform rapid firmware development by working from our libraries of C/C++ and from off-the-shelf open source and commercial components
  • Application Development – We develop on-board and hosted (cloud) application code to tie the devices into a complete application. We are fluent in many modern application languages and use continuous delivery practices and tools for ultimate reliability and repeatability.
  • Certification Support – We work with certification specialists and manage US domestic and international product safety and radio emissions certification processes..
  • Selection and Management of Contract Manufacturers and other Product Services – based on a number of factors, including cost, experience, availability, and other business terms.

Application Expertise – We have developed specific expertise in several application and technology domains:

  • Motion Control Systems – We have developed advanced firmware for coordinated multi-access motor control for manufacturing and other machine applications
  • Desktop Manufacturing and Small Robotics – We have extensive experience in light industrial systems including Computer Numerically Controlled machines (CNC), 3D printing, pick and place, and similar applications.
  • Hardware Abstraction – We have developed libraries that enable firmware to work across multiple processor architectures with minimal changes and learning curve. Our abstraction layer has zero performance penalty and generates code as tight as hand-coded assembly for the target processor architecture.