Case Study - Brink Bionics Inc.
The gaming industry is a dynamic landscape of constantly changing and improving technology. When competing digitally, success can hinge on laser focus and split-second reaction time. Brink Bionics wanted to help gamers achieve their best, and have developed the Impulse Neuro-Controller to improve click speed.
The Impulse Neuro-Controller is a fingerless glove with sensors that detect the first neural impulse that goes into the finger. This detection then reduces the time between intent to act and execution. Brink Bionics had a 3D-printed proof of concept and were beginning to plan for production when they were introduced to Berlin KraftWorks (BKW). As a new company they were advised to have a design review, and review of their electronics to set themselves up for scalable manufacturing.
Case Study - Aurea Technologies Inc.
Aurea Technologies Inc. (Aurea) is the company behind the Shine Turbine, a portable wind turbine charger for handheld electronics. Aurea's mission is to provide clean energy independence and Shine’s patent-pending technology creates energy faster than any other portable renewable product currently on the market. The Shine Turbine is the first of a series of renewable microgrid products created by Aurea, to provide users freedom from the electrical grid. Aurea had created a working prototype of the Shine Turbine, but as a start-up, they were looking for guidance to establish their supply chain in preparation for production.
Aurea is currently finalizing the Shine Turbine technical design and preparing to launch directly to consumers through Kickstarter. The Kickstarter campaign launched in June 2021, it will be a 1-month campaign with a goal of selling 500-1000 units to backers. Once the campaign is over Aurea expects to have the final product in the backers’ hands within 3 months and then they will transition to selling the Shine Turbine through retail channels. The initial goal is to be set up to produce and ship 500-1000 units per quarter.
Advanced Video Technology Solutions Ltd. (AVT) was formed by Engineering graduate, Chris Cavalieri and faculty member, Adrian Kitai, both of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. They started the company based on their innovative ideas for configurable, large scale displays. One idea was a 6’ by 6’ seamless LCD screen, which used AVT’s own technology to blend images from an array of small LCD-hybrid screens into one large seamless image capable of displaying up to 100MegaPixel. This exciting project came with a few challenges, the first of which focused on their supply chain. AVT needed help sourcing materials, services and components, as well as managing the logistics and tariffs that came from importing to the U.S. for processing, before arriving in Canada. They reached out to Berlin KraftWorks Inc. (BKW) for assistance.
Once the BKW team had worked through the design and sourcing challenges, they worked with AVT to create a test portion of the screen. This was a scaled down version of the screen which would later become part of the finished 6’ x 6’ screen. AVT was then ready to order the final pieces and assemble the full screen. The full-scale display is due to be delivered to AVT’s client in Q2 2021, with high hopes of future development of the project.