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Seamless Product Development’s Top Smarthome Gift Ideas

Seamless Product Development’s Top Smarthome Gift Ideas

With the holidays are approaching fast, we wanted to share our experience working in the domain to offer up some smarthome related gift-suggestions. Although we only launched our formal Smart Homes & Buildings initiative last week, about 50% of our client work in 2015 has…

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Introducing the Smart Homes & Buildings Innovation Team

Introducing the Smart Homes & Buildings Innovation Team

In 2015, Seamless Product Development (SPD) transitioned from a boutique personal consultancy to a growing innovation powerhouse. This year, SPD has delivered more services than the previous 5 years combined. We now have in-house program management, operations management, and recruiting capabilities; we’ve built a network…

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Can Volkswagen Innovate Through Dieselgate?

Can Volkswagen Innovate Through Dieselgate?

A few of us at Seamless Product Development have been following the Volkswagen scandal for the past 6 weeks. Projections for Volkswagen’s total expected cost range from “tens of billions” to $86B USD, and most of this capital will go litigation, damages, and fines. For…

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HEV Rover Phase 1 Nearly Complete

HEV Rover Phase 1 Nearly Complete

We’re almost done with the HEV Rover Phase 1. The goal of this first phase was to tear down the body into panel level-parts for painting, and to isolate the original Series III frame, engine, transmission, axles, and wheels, which we will sell to a…

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Health Trackers & The Product Performance v Confidence Paradox

Health Trackers & The Product Performance v Confidence Paradox

I’m a fan of CBC Radio’s Spark Podcast, and over the weekend, I listened to ep 263 which included an interview with MIT Professor Natasha Dow Schüll. Her 2012 book Addiction by Design, centers around UX design of gambling machines and compulsive online gaming. In…

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Further HEV Rover Progress

Further HEV Rover Progress

Last month, we began tearing down SPD’s Land Rover Defender (actually a Series-III to be specific) in the first phase of an 18 month project to rebuild the vehicle to a hybrid-electric drive train. While you can actually separate the body from the chassis on…

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Wisdom of Woz | via Fast Co Design

Wisdom of Woz | via Fast Co Design

I thought this was a really nicely stated dose of wisdom WRT product development, startups, and life. Definitely worth reading, and it inspired me to augment w/ a few notes of my own. #1 Be curious. It’s important not only to be curious, but to…

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Hybrid Electric Rover: Phase 1 Progress

Seamless usually has one or two internal development projects going at any given time. We do these learn about new areas of tech, to build our community of collaborators and to refine our processes. Occasionally, as was the case with ATOMS, we will even spin…

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R2-D2 Is in Star Wars: Episode VII, and He’s Fan-Made | via Star Wars Blog

R2-D2 Is in Star Wars: Episode VII, and He’s Fan-Made | via Star Wars Blog

This was super cool to see – makers from the R2-D2 fan club got jobs working on EP VII. I’ve met some of these guys at Maker Faires, and their work is top notch. They are CNC-ing parts, writing their own software, etc. I’ve spent…

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System Integration: Expert Jacks-of-all-Trades

System Integration: Expert Jacks-of-all-Trades

  “So you’re a electrical engineer?” the interviewer asks quizzically, squinting at my resume. Not exactly. I’ve been getting this kind of question for all of my adult life. It started at college career fairs – the unlucky recruiters at booths for companies like Lockheed…

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