MENU

 

19-Oct-2017

Senaptec Strobe: A Study in Simplification

By Ethan Vella (Senior Mechanical Engineer)

Senaptec, a company that provides state-of-the-art sensory technologies and products, had a great idea, but was in need of product development. They were developing the Senaptec Strobe, a pair of glasses that allows athletes in sports like basketball and baseball to train their brains to respond faster to stimuli.

The Senaptec Strobe was part their larger mission focused on cognitive health and fitness. An athlete wears the glasses during training, which strobe to limit vision at specific intervals. This added degree of difficulty hones an athlete’s abilities, and their performance without the glasses is generally improved.

This product was based on proven, licensed technology, and the science on how stroboscopic training enhances anticipatory timing was sound. The glasses also have other health and fitness applications relating to cognitive rehabilitation and therapy. Senaptec approached us with their prototype to help them meet performance, manufacturing, and cost goals.

Simplification and product design

The original concept for this product made sense in CAD, but the actual assembly of the prototype was too complex. It was clear there were major gains to be made by applying creative problem-solving tactics in the mechanical design.

We worked with Senaptec to produce a full ground-up redesign of the product, while maintaining the overall look, size, and shape of the glasses. Senaptec needed the device to be streamlined, more robust, simpler, have more features, and be cheaper to manufacture.

We wanted to make the design both effective and elegant, so simplification, as always, was our priority with this project. We tackled this by combining items that could be unified, eliminating elements that could be removed, and restarting the design with the end in mind.

Results

The total time of development for the strobe glasses took 15 months from start to production. During this time, we fully managed three rounds of prototyping. We reduced the number of unique parts from 22 to 9, which shortened the assembly sequence. We also helped identify high-performing vendors for production and completed testing on the product's subsystems.As a result, we doubled battery reliability. Battery life was also improved from 3.5 to 4.5 hours. Other improvements included a 35 percent reduction in manufacturing cost and a 50 percent drop in post-delivery returns.The new Strobes have allowed Senaptec to better realize their goals; improving cognitive training for its users. The strobe also has potential biomedical applications for helping patients who are recovering from stroke. The Strobe also has also made an impact in sports. Regardless of the application, the increased availability of the glasses is due to Simplexity’s partnership with Senaptec to reduce costs, streamline production, and remove roadblocks between new ideas and mass production.

For more information on this particular project or others we have worked on in the past, feel free to check out our Portfolio page or reach us directly at info@simplexitypd.com.


Subscribe For More

To receive more articles like the one above in your inbox, sign-up to our newsletter below.

Blog Posts


Better Firmware Faster

19-Nov-2018

Demystifying What it Takes to be a CEO

18-Oct-2018

Considerations for Code Refactoring

24-Sep-2018

American Association for Clinical Chemistry Annual Meeting

30-Aug-2018

Simplexity's Answer to Growing Pains

09-Aug-2018

Consumer Electronics Show 2018 | Part Three | So, What is a Robot?

29-Jan-2018

Consumer Electronics Show 2018 | Part Two | CES 2018 and IoT

22-Jan-2018

Consumer Electronics Show 2018 | Part One

15-Jan-2018

Why on earth are heavy weights being suspended from this printer?

22-Dec-2017

10 Best Places to Buy Parts for Product Development

29-Nov-2017

Robust Firmware Stack Sizing

08-Nov-2017

Senaptec Strobe: A Study in Simplification

19-Oct-2017

Treatment, Prevention, and Medical Engineering Solutions

04-Oct-2017

Options in Product Development Models: Internal, CDM, or Design Specialist

20-Sep-2017

Designing Thermal Control Systems

30-Aug-2017

Simplexity’s 7 Steps to Simplification©

15-Aug-2017

Battle of the Buttons: UCSD vs. PSU

02-Aug-2017

Considerations For Medical and Biotech Designs

13-Jul-2017

Risk Mitigation in Product Design: Part 2

11-Jul-2017

Risk Mitigation in Product Design: Part 1

28-Jun-2017

San Diego's Biotech Consortium

09-Jun-2017

Appropriate Models for 3D Motion Analysis: Part 3

25-Apr-2017

University of Oregon’s Product Design Program Is One of a Kind

19-Apr-2017

Appropriate Models for 3D Motion Analysis: Part 2

14-Apr-2017

From Engineer to Leader: How Do You Get There?

12-Apr-2017

Appropriate Models for 3D Motion Analysis: Part 1

06-Apr-2017

Why Engineering Still Matters in Product Development

29-Mar-2017

How Mechatronics Improve Drone Technology

16-Feb-2017

Why You Need a Gyro to Measure Position

20-Jan-2017

Why I, As The CEO, Get The Same Bonus As All My Other Employees

13-Dec-2016

Mechatronics Aids In Embedded System Design

07-Dec-2016

Top 10 Tips for Designing Injection Molded Plastic Parts

22-Nov-2016

British school kids and car hackers: the widespread appeal of open source

14-Nov-2016

When should you consider designing custom gears?

07-Nov-2016

Conference Report: Open Source Hardware Summit

31-Oct-2016

What is a Motion Control System?

20-Oct-2016

The Top 10 Questions to ask a Product Development Firm

05-Oct-2016

The Potential of the Apple AirPods To Disrupt A Whole Industry

12-Sep-2016

How to Use Open Source Hardware in Product Development

01-Sep-2016

What is the mech in mechatronics?

16-Aug-2016

3 Tips for IoT Product Success

02-Aug-2016

When Should I Start Designing For High-Volume Manufacturing?

19-Jul-2016

Designing a 3D Printer for the Home

29-Jun-2016

It Turns Out That EMC Is Not Black Magic

22-Jun-2016

Selecting the correct motor type and size

06-Jun-2016

When brainstorming fails, throw an imaginary cat

18-May-2016

Five Tips for Mechatronic System Integration

09-May-2016

Three Tips for Designing High Volume Mechatronic Products

28-Apr-2016

What Is Mechatronics?

18-Apr-2016

If I could only do 3 things to simplify a design, what should they be?

06-Apr-2016