Wideblue Product Design & Development: Scientific Case Studies

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Ambulight Skin Cancer Treatment - designed and engineered by wideblue

Ambicare

Ambulight Skin Cancer Treatment

Ambicare asked Wideblue to assist them in the development of Ambulight, a photodynamic therapy (PDT) light-emitting sticking plaster for the treatment of non melanoma skin cancer.

PDT is a non-invasive treatment that uses a combination of pharmaceutical cream and an external light source. The light source must deliver just the right amount of energy to a sub-surface skin layer with good illumination uniformity. Wideblue used their optical skills to create a detailed mathematical model of the system. Optimisation of this model resulted in a design that delivers uniform illumination capable of penetrating the human skin to the correct depth for the most effective PDT reaction.

A prototype was manufactured using a combination of LED’s, light guides and scattering layers, and prototype testing demonstrated a measured illumination uniformity that closely matched the results of the optical simulation.

Scottoiler eSystem - designed and engineered by wideblue

Scottoiler

eSystem

Scottoiler asked Wideblue to help them redesign the electronics and update the firmware on their award winning eSystem motorcycle chain lubrication system. The eSystem senses motor bike engine vibration and movement with a triple axis accelerometer and automatically dispenses lubrication to optimise chain and sprocket performance and reliability.

Working with the Scottoiler technical team, Wideblue redesigned the system electronics around an updated microprocessor and made a number of changes to improve EMC performance. Extensive bench and application testing was carried out to ensure that the design was sufficiently robust to cope with the harsh conditions experienced in all-weather riding.

Wideblue also updated the firmware, adding a real time clock and devising a more efficient data storage method in order to support a broader range of multi language interfaces.

Image 1200 with digital viewfinder - designed and engineered by wideblue

Polaroid

Image 1200 digital viewfinder

Polaroid needed to reinvigorate their best-selling high-end instant camera and asked the Wideblue team to re-engineer the existing product to include a battery powered digital viewfinder inside a revised product skin with an updated aesthetic incorporating their new brand guidelines.

In addition to program managing the whole process from marketing specification to product launch we successfully addressed a number of engineering challenges. We designed bespoke electronics to minimise electro-magnetic emissions from a long data cable and re-designed internal and external mouldings to incorporate the new aesthetic whilst ensuring that the film spread performance met stringent acceptance criteria. We also sourced and approved a Far East supply chain, completed a thorough verification and test of engineering pilot units and supported the product into volume manufacture and assembly.

The final product was delivered to market in just under six months launching with a mass market retailer in a major Thanksgiving promotion across all of its US retail stores.

Photocatalytic Fuel Cell Technology - designed and engineered by Wideblue

University of Aberdeen

Photocatalytic Fuel Cell Technology

The University of Aberdeen have developed a novel photocatalytic polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell that has a number of advantages over the state-of-the-art including efficiency gains, lower system costs and future fuel flexibility. One application for this technology is for an off-grid power supply for portable electronic devices such as smart phones, ipods, GPS units and hand tools.

Working with university scientists, we applied our optical design tools to explore and optimise the design of the transmissive fuel cell elements. We then went on to design and source prototype parts for system testing in collaboration with the industrial partner.

Additionally, the university asked us to provide concept illustrations and CGI of the technology in an end-use scenario; to help them explore commercial opportunities and to provide potential investors and strategic partners with a future vision for the technology. The technology is now being developed by the University of Aberdeen spinout company Enocell.

Real time 6 axis measurement system - designed and engineered by Wideblue

Compostella

Real time 6 axis measurement system

Compostella asked Wideblue to assist with the creation of a technology demonstrator for their novel 6 degrees of freedom measurement system. Using a proprietary laser projection system and a CMOS sensor the device can carry out continuous measurements of real time displacements and alignments with a precision of just a few nano meters.

With their clear understanding of laser optics and mechanical mounting systems the Wideblue team were able to create a number of fully functional prototypes allowing Compostella to explore the limits of their technology and to develop potential market applications.

The resulting prototype is a combination of precision optics and mechanical mounting systems incorporating a fully articulated light tight bellows system allowing the prototype to be attached to a variety of different lab and field equipment for evaluation purposes.

High precision shaft alignment system - designed and engineered by Wideblue

SKF

High precision shaft alignment system

SKF's Centre of Excellence for handheld instrumentation asked Wideblue to assist them design a rugged, shaft mounted, fully integrated wireless laser alignment system for the high precision alignment of machines and machine components.

Working with the in-house SKF engineering design team we used our photonics and system integration skills to design and develop the laser imaging measurement heads and shaft clamping system, integrating both these elements with the SKF designed hand held controller and application software.

Critical challenges involved the design and integration of the hardware and firmware for a high accuracy imaging system into a small, rugged shaft mounted enclosure with an industrial design executed in line with SKF corporate requirements.

The resulting product is a combination of precision optics and imaging components engineered to perform to high levels of accuracy in a challenging application.

Roadside Drug Detection - designed and engineered by wideblue

Heriot Watt University

Roadside Drug Detection

Researchers at Heriot-Watt University have developed an innovative method for the presumptive detection of narcotics in saliva, using ultra-violet fluorescence.

Based around the Heriot-Watt method, Wideblue designed and manufactured a prototype device which can be used at the roadside to detect low concentrations of narcotics present in driver’s saliva. The device also has potential applications in occupational health, sport and environmental testing.

Wideblue also developed a bespoke image processing algorithm to interpret the fluorescence signals.

TG200 - designed and engineered by wideblue

CENTEO BIOSCIENCES

TG200 Hotel

The TG200 Hotel System enables simplified control of five of Centeo Biosciences' portable thermally controlled microplates from a single computer interface.

Each microplate can be independently controlled to a different temperature programme, and the software supports multiple user accounts.

Wideblue worked with Centeo to design the hotel system and develop the associated PC software application.

ContactsPod - designed and engineered by wideblue

Polaroid Contact Lens Solutions

Contact Lens Case

The Polaroid Contact Lens Solutions ContactsPod is the world's first hermetically sealed, pre-filled, disposable, contact lens case. It provides the contact lens wearer with an option for storing their contact lenses in a hygienic state until the wearer can resume their normal lens care regime.

Wideblue have designed a stylish lens case suited to low-cost high-volume manufacture and have engineered the functional elements to allow PCLS to fully exploit their patent portfolio. Additionally our start-up mentoring service has guided PCLS through the process of preparing an investment ready business plan.

PCLS have secured a global licensing deal and are planning to launch ContactsPod in the second half of 2011. For more information see Polaroid Contact Lens Solutions website.

View contact lens case animation on Vimeo

Photocatalytic Water Purification - designed and engineered by wideblue

University of Aberdeen

Photocatalytic Water Purification

The University of Aberdeen have developed a water cleaning technology that cleans dirty water by using it as the fuel in a photocatalytic fuel cell. Supported by the Design Council’s Innovate for Universities programme, they identified a need for a design and manufacturing partner to provide concept illustrations of the technology in an end-use scenario.

The University chose to work with Wideblue because we combine a unique expertise in photonic and optical systems with product design skills to deliver integrated solutions.

We created a storyboard for the technology in a swimming pool water treatment product, illustrating how the water would flow through the device and how the fuel cell could be illuminated. The illustrations will be used to help the university explore commercial opportunities for the technology.

Synthetic Biology Assembly System - designed and engineered by wideblue

Scottish Enterprise

Synthetic Biology Assembly System

As part of the Scottish Enterprise Genome Segment Assembly (GSA) programme Wideblue has been selected to create an advanced prototype to demonstrate the automated multi-part assembly of small DNA segments into larger and more complex structures such as biosynthetic pathways.

Working with Heriot-Watt University and Boston based Ginkgo BioWorks, Wideblue is working to scale up a series of novel microfluidic assembly techniques into a fully automated combinatorial assembly system matched to the programme commercialisation objectives.

The GSA advanced prototype combines microfluidics technology with high precision fluid management, complex electro pneumatic control systems and custom software, to create an integrated system for precise and high speed DNA segment assembly.

The multi technology skills within the Wideblue team plus the ability to work from technology development to commercial implementation are key to the successful outcome of this type of complex project.

2D Electrophoresis System - designed and engineered by wideblue

BIOCULE

2D Electrophoresis System

Biocule's highly innovative two-dimensional electrophoresis system analyses complex nucleic acid samples by using electric fields to separate molecular components.

Wideblue developed a consumable, "microgel" cassette for use in the system. The microgel, which is pre-filled with electrophoresis gel, allows the user to quickly and conveniently load test samples and carry out the analysis.

Challenging design requirements for the microgel included:

  • Optical compatibility of cassette materials with fluorescent marker dyes
  • Selection of cassette materials with low autofluorescence
  • Allow effective gel and electrode cooling during analysis
  • Design for ease of use and cost-effectiveness in small-batch manufacture

We also designed and built a prototype instrument which controls the gel temperature and connects the microgel to an electrophoresis power supply.

Read more at the Biocule web-site.

Breastlight - designed and engineered by wideblue

PWB HEALTH

Breastlight

The internationally award winning Breastlight is a hand-held device to assist women with breast self-examination. It uses high-power LED technology to illuminate the breast tissue and help the user detect the early signs of breast cancer.

Wideblue were responsible for all aspects of the product design and engineering, including electronics and software. Our observational research inspired a patented touch sensor technology, creating valuable IP for our client. We performed optical design analysis to maximise light transmission and engineered the product for high reliability and low cost volume production.

Additionally we built and tested product demonstrators for clinical trials and coordinated the regulatory approval process for European and US markets. We also audited and set up a global supply chain, and managed the design transfer to volume production.

Image Signal Processing - tuning by wideblue

BROADCOM

Image Signal Processing (ISP) for mobile imaging products

Broadcom engaged Wideblue to provide Image Signal Processing (ISP) tuning services for their new BCM2727 Mobile Multimedia Processor. We were involved in the creation of camera drivers and image tuning within a complex chain of digital still imaging processing features.

Wideblue participated in supplier training with key Broadcom application engineers and helped develop processes and software tools for technical and subjective image optimisation.

Working closely with the development team at Broadcom’s Mobile Multimedia Business Unit in Cambridge Wideblue created a sensor tuning guide to be used as a process document for future tuning work.

Multifocal Retinal Imager - designed and engineered by wideblue

SHIL

Multifocal Retinal Imager 3GEN

SHIL selected Wideblue to assist them with the design and development of this third generation, retinal imaging device. Utilising complex software, the system interprets electronic signals sent from the retina. These signals are used to create a detailed retinal map to help diagnose and monitor retinal problems.

Wideblue created electronic hardware solutions to address inherent problems with the original design and added firmware (embedded software) features that optimise signal filtration and minimise the loss of test data.

Product demonstrators were built for marketing samples and clinical testing. Additionally, we applied design for manufacture principles, set up a supply chain and instigated manufacture.

This Class IIa medical device is now being manufactured by Wideblue in compliance with ISO13485.

CRiL N Tidal C - designed and engineered by wideblue

CRIL

CRiL N Tidal C

After winning the "Photonics for Health" Innovate UK competition, Wideblue led a consortium with GSS and CRiL to develop a new range of medical device products - Solid State Optical Respiration Capnometer (SOSORC). This project sought to use GSS CO2 sensors in a range of medical devices.

Over a two year period Wideblue worked on many early stage concepts and produced multiple versions of respiration rate monitors and miniature capnometers. Wideblue worked closely with GSS to miniaturise the sensor and with CRiL to evaluate the product options with clinicians and patients in Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The first product to undergo formal clinical evaluation is the CRiL N-Tidal C capnometer. Wideblue designed and built three possible versions for early user aesthetic and ergonomic trials. One version was then chosen to take forward to full design for clinical trials.

Wideblue worked on Infra Red optical design, medical grade plastic injection moulding tooling design, electronics design, firmware design for the operation of the device and software design for control of the clinical data generated. Wideblue had to overcome problems with breath condensation, calibration and signal integrity, design for ease of use and comply with the requirements of the medical device directive. The final product was built to a production standard, tested and approved by York EMC, Addenbrookes Clinical Engineering and CE marked.

Peek Retina - designed and engineered by Wideblue

Peek

Peek Retina

Peek are a social enterprise (UK registered charity) comprising a team of technologists, eye specialists, public health doctors and product designers who are passionate about making high quality eye care available to everyone. Peek were keen to produce a low cost ophthalmoscope and make it available to a wide range of clinicians throughout the world.

Peek asked Wideblue to improve a prototype mobile phone based ophthalmoscope and get the product ready for sale.

Wideblue initially carried out optical design of the product using Zemax software to optimise the product optical performance. Early stage hand built models were made to validate the results. Once Peek were happy with the optical performance Wideblue carried out detailed work on:

  • Product aesthetics, ergonomics, fit to mobile phones
  • Detailed mechanical design for prototyping
  • Electronics design for control of the device
  • Optical component design for prototyping
  • Manufacture of 15 high quality advanced prototypes.

The 15 prototypes were of a suitable quality to allow use for clinical evaluation, trade shows and packaging design.

Wideblue are currently carrying out the detailed design for low cost manufacture, regulatory compliance activities, selection of high volume component and finished goods supplier.

IMPOSSIBLE I-1 Camera - designed and engineered by wideblue

IMPOSSIBLE

I-1 Instant Camera

Late in 2008 The Impossible Project took over part of the last Polaroid integral instant film manufacturing plant in Enschede (NL) and reinvented a totally new instant film for traditional Polaroid cameras.

They maintained a camera supply for the new film by refurbishing old Polaroid cameras purchased from various sources around the world. Late in 2014 they approached Wideblue and asked them to help with the design of a new Impossible instant film camera for the digital age.

Conceived as the first in a range of cameras and based on the existing Impossible film processing module the Impossible I-1 is an entirely new instant camera design.

Wideblue undertook all mechanical, optical, electronics and software design to create a fully engineered camera for high volume Far East production. The camera comprises:

  • Scanning aperture shutter with five zone taking optics
  • Two position taking button and three position rotary dial
  • Auto exposure and multi zone IR ranging system
  • Removable pop up retro style viewfinder
  • Colour corrected LED flash ring with additional unique user interface
  • Bluetooth to smart phone hardware interface
The Calcivis® Caries Activity Imaging System  - designed and engineered by Wideblue

Calcivis® Caries

Activity Imaging System

The Calcivis® Caries Activity Imaging System is a hand-held medical device which combines a sensitive intra-oral camera and photoprotein application technology. It delivers the photoprotein to the tooth surface where it binds with calcium ions and emits a blue light signal proportional to the amount of calcium present. The sensitive imaging system captures the chemiluminescent signature and PC software produces a ‘demineralisation’ map of the tooth enabling caries lesion activity assessment at a single patient visit. A series of advanced prototypes of the system were developed and manufactured in-house by the Wideblue team, encompassing the following expertise:

  • LED Illumination and luminescent imaging system design
  • Engineering mechanical fluid delivery sub-system
  • PCB electronics design and manufacture
  • Firmware and PC application software development
  • Industrial design of ergonomic housing and cradle
  • Design & manufacture of sterile consumable
  • Supporting CE mark and medical device approvals

A number of the advanced prototypes are currently undergoing post approval clinical evaluation. Calcivis has received a prestigious Biomedical Catalyst award co-funding a £0.5m development programme and raised a further £0.8m in equity funding for the next phase of product development and commercialisation.

Anacail Medical Sterilisation Unit  - designed and engineered by Wideblue

Anacail

Medical Sterilisation Unit

Anacail, a VC backed SME spin-out from the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group at Glasgow University, asked Wideblue to develop a prototype bench top high level decontamination (HLD) and sterilisation system based around its novel platform technology for ozone creation and handling.

Anacail’s key technology allows the generation of ozone (an activated form of oxygen) inside sealed packages without damaging or opening the package.

The prototype unit is a self-contained mains powered unit and can be used to sterilise medical instruments or devices placed either in a bag or in a tray within the ozone chamber of the device.

Working closely with the Anacail technical team, Wideblue developed the mechanical hardware, the system electronics and the embedded software to create this initial prototype around Anacail’s proprietary ozone head and drive electronics. Major areas of responsibility were:

  • Design & development of a robust enclosure and sealing system plus the ancillary systems for air purging and ozone scrubbing
  • Design & development of system electronics for all ancillary device control and user interfaces
  • Design, development and testing of all system software for device control and user interfaces

The product is now in extended application testing prior to being developed into a commercial product

Waveblade PowerShark - developed and engineered by Wideblue

Waveblade

PowerShark

Waveblade asked Wideblue to develop a high powered version of its standard product capable of running for 1.5 hours from a custom designed Lithium Iron Phosphate battery mounted in a waterproof casing for underwater use. This system, named the PowerShark and based on Waveblade’s patented Resonant Wave Technology, was designed as a tool to be used by divers to remove marine fouling without damaging the hull or its anti-fouling coat.

A series of prototypes were developed and tested to ensure that the device was capable of meeting usage and lifetime requirements in the marine environment. Wideblue then visited a Far East power tool manufacturer and helped establish the supply chain and manufacturing processes required to seal, test and approve the battery system for volume production. Major areas of responsibility were:

  • Design, development & testing of up-rated blade system and motor.
  • Design, development & testing of Lithium Iron Phosphate battery, waterproof battery enclosure, regulating electronics and IP68 power connector.
  • Battery supply chain development and regulatory approvals.
  • Tooling, moulding and manufacturing process development of the battery system including anti-tamper eyelet closure system for battery casing.

The product is now in production and being sold through a number of distributors in North America, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Caribbean and Central America.

Fibreloc Anti Counterfeiting System - designed and engineered by wideblue

TULLIS RUSSELL

Fibreloc Anti Counterfeiting System

Tullis Russell's patented Fibreloc technology uses fluorescent fibre inclusions to create documents with a unique fingerprint. Wideblue designed a prototype and a system development kit for this hand-held anti counterfeiting system.

Our team developed a prototype that combines images from different light sources, creating a unique algorithm that enables documents to be enrolled and verified at a later stage. We created a system architecture for hardware and software as well as conducting extensive testing to verify system performance.

Wideblue built system demonstrators for marketing development and created an initial supply chain for major components.

TG40 - designed and engineered by wideblue

CENTEO BIOSCIENCES

TG40 System

Centeo Biosciences conceived the TG40 System, a portable unit that allows scientists to control the temperature of protein crystallisation samples during experimental procedures.

Wideblue used thermal and airflow simulation to optimise temperature management of the system. We integrated the mechanical enclosures, thermal control system, PCB electronics and power management in a compact package, producing robust prototypes for subsequent field evaluation.

Wideblue then developed the market-ready version of TG40, establishing an international component supply chain and setting up an in-house assembly line for pilot manufacturing.

3D Camera Mount/Alignment - designed and engineered by wideblue

DIMENSIONAL IMAGING

3D Camera Mount/Alignment System

Dimensional Imaging offers a range of 3D-surface image capture products, based upon the Company's world-leading DI3DTM passive stereo photogrammetry technology.

Wideblue designed the camera alignment module, created custom electronics for simultaneous image capture and established system integration. Additionally, we provide an ongoing procurement, manufacture and test service.

DI3DTM systems are now used worldwide for a range of applications such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, burns treatment and facial recognition. Sales have increased 5 fold over the past two years.

PM1 - designed and engineered by wideblue

REPROCELL EUROPE

Tissue Based Preclinical Drug Trial System

ReproCELL Europe's PM1 instrument provides real-time information on drug potency by measuring changes in the shape and form of isolated blood vessels during a pre-programmed perfusion schedule.

We used our skills in product design and engineering to develop a complex system combining fluid handling with digital image capture and analysis. The resulting product embodies Biopta's patented technology in a self-automated system supported by our custom PC application software.

The product is now being sold for use in preclinical drug development programmes.

Pathogen Detection - designed and engineered by wideblue

BLAZE VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES

Pathogen Detection System

The Blaze system was created as a platform for rapid, automated, multiple pathogen detection. It comprises a configurable sensor unit and a pathogen specific, consumable test card.

Wideblue designed the electronics and created a Windows CE based software architecture for the sensor unit, configurable for multiple pathogens. A photonic detection system was developed for the sensor, incorporating custom firmware for very low light levels.

A full system prototype and a consumable test card have now been developed and plans are in place to trial them in a number of UK hospitals.

Digital Mini Portrait - designed and engineered by wideblue

POLAROID

Digital Mini Portrait System (DMP)

Polaroid needed to replace their high end silver halide document photography systems with a digital system. Wideblue created and implemented DMP, the world's first fully integrated digital capture and printing system for ID photography.

Wideblue analysed business and technical needs across a number of markets and conducted extensive qualitative research to develop a detailed specification. Partnerships were established with Far East and UK based technology suppliers.

In 18 months, Wideblue delivered a complex system to market and 6000 units were sold in the first year.

Measurement of Lacquer Coatings - designed and engineered by wideblue

SCALAR TECHNOLOGIES

Measurement of Lacquer Coatings

Scalar Technologies developed an innovative technique for measuring lacquer coating on beverage cans and approached Wideblue to design their product for manufacture.

The main challenge was to engineer an accurate, repeatable means of aligning beverage cans, so that a controlled internal surface scan could be completed. We created a simple, innovative can alignment mechanism and re-engineered the product using design for manufacture and assembly principles.

Design, development and a working prototype of the rotational table were completed in 6 weeks, and the first saleable products manufactured in 8 weeks.

Bio-analysis Platform - designed and engineered by wideblue

LAB 901

Bio-analysis Platform for Molecular Separation of DNA Fragments

Wideblue helped Lab901 develop an improved image capture module that met the company's requirements for full DNA analysis. We designed and built a custom image capture module based on a UV illuminated CCD device.

In 4 weeks, Wideblue created a proof of principle model showing full functionality.

Baby Rocker - designed and engineered by wideblue

DREAMMOVER

Baby Rocker

Dream Technology had the concept for a moving platform that gently rocks baby to sleep and commissioned Wideblue to produce a detailed design suited to a potential manufacturing volume of 2 million units per year.

Wideblue developed an industrial design language and used this to generate a number of product concepts.

A mathematical model of the rocking system was created and a prototype was built and tested for reliability and safety.

Wideblue created full manufacturing databases and supported Dream Technology's manufacturing.

The product is now in mass retail channels.

Flexible Hose Trimming System - designed and engineered by wideblue

FLEXIBLE DUCTING

Flexible Hose Trimming System

Flexible Ducting required an automated trimming method for vacuum cleaner hose manufacturing. Wideblue developed a four station automated system which has trimmed millions of hoses since it was successfully installed in the production line.

Demonstration Rig, Hanover Trade Fair - manufactured by Wideblue

SKF-InsightTM

Demonstration Rig, Hanover Trade Fair

The SKF Condition Monitoring Centre at Livingston has developed a new integrated, self powered, sensor package that uses a unique package of sensors and electronics to create a smart bearing capable of sending a wireless message when performance anomalies are detected. The technology was launched at the Hanover Trade Fair at the end of Q1 2013.

To help demonstrate the system the SKF team asked Wideblue to manufacture a technology demonstrator rig that could demonstrate the fully functional system running live for a week on the SKF trade stand.

Working with the in-house SKF design team Wideblue manufactured a stand alone demonstrator based on standard SKF bearing components modified to incorporate the new embedded condition monitoring hardware and software.

Against a fixed tradeshow deadline Wideblue worked with a broad spectrum of suppliers to create the demonstrator rig to SKF’s industrial design standards, delivering the unit in time to be launched at the show by Tom Johnstone, SKF President and CEO.

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