Product Development in Austin Texas
Three of the Most Innovative Product DevelopmentOne company in Austin, TX that has made its mark on the product development market is Yeti coolers. Founded by two brothers in 2006, the Yeti ice chest was created to stand up to their rigorous outdoor use during hunting and fishing excursions. Designed to be used and abused in the outdoors, the ice chest can withstand abuse such as a man standing on top to cast a fishing pole, or as seen on their website, an invasion from a hungry grizzly bear! This product shows how careful design and materials selection can make all the difference in the quality of a product. Nanshu Lu, assistant professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics at the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin, has created a bio integrated electronics wearable “tattoo” device. Similar to a temporary tattoo, the device is flexible, non-obtrusive, and can be designed to look how the wearer chooses. The technology has had implications in the medical field, through her proposed Multiparametric Epidermal Physiological Sensing System (MEPSS). The small device could measure data such as a person’s stress level, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation. Nanshu was recently awarded funding through the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award to help with her product development over the next three years. Carbon Dioxide emissions have become a major concern due to global warming. The Austin company Skyonic has created a new technology called Skymine to help reduce the impact of carbon emissions. The technology takes the waste gasses from industrial plants, and harvests them for product manufacturing, creating raw materials for things such as baking soda, glass manufacturing, paper whitening, and animal feed. Their first product launched in 2014 capturing 83,000 tons of CO2 from a cement plant in San Antonio, TX. Every day, companies both small and large are hard at work in Austin creating the technology of the future. MAKO is passionate about contributing to Austin’s active community. It is a community that we love to call home.
Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent
MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.
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