Archive for the ‘Solutions’ Category

After Steve Jobs: What we can learn from the Nest thermostat

October 28th, 2011

The central question about Apple these days is what it will become without Steve Jobs’s passionate conviction and daily direction in the design of the company’s products and services. (more…)

A new model for medical device development

July 5th, 2011

LUNAR’s contributions to a new collaborative-development model that reaches across cultures is bringing a low-cost medical device to developing countries where the human need is great and traditional health care products are unaffordable. (more…)

Jay Leno gets charged about AeroVironment

June 27th, 2011

Car enthusiast Jay Leno — a huge fan of the Chevy Volt electric vehicle — praises the easy-to-use AeroVironment home charging dock in a new video episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage”. (more…)

7 Years In: Lessons Learned as a Product Design Engineer

May 16th, 2011

I’ve been a mechanical engineer at Lunar for almost 7 years, as well as a project manager and the ME intern coordinator for a good portion of that time. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of interesting clients, coworkers, and products. They range from large corporations to small startups, hot-heads to introverts, consumer to medical to unclassifiable, parts as big as a monster truck wheel to those you can barely see. And since that magical summer of 2004, some things have continued to ring true. (more…)

Failure is always an option

March 21st, 2011

At LUNAR we solve difficult problems every single day. Nobody ever comes to us saying, “Hi, we have this really easy thing for you to do. It is totally straight forward and should be really simple.” As a result, we are constantly faced with challenges that nobody anywhere has ever surmounted. We often solve problems like these with prototyping, which in my opinion is by far the most important thing we do at LUNAR. (more…)

The Windowfarms Project

March 7th, 2011

When I was living in Brooklyn, I had a neighbor with a crazy idea – to grow her own food in her apartment year round. I could see the vertical water bottles she used in her early attempt in her courtyard facing window whenever I took out the garbage. I thought to myself “Britta is crazy. That’s just not going to work.”

Shortly later, I realized that you should never underestimate Britta. (more…)

An ode to simple product design

March 3rd, 2011

As a product engineer, I often find myself delighted by the little things–an ingenious locking mechanism, a cleverly designed component, a silky smooth hinge – which is why the simplest of designs are sometimes the most fascinating. One everyday object that I find to be particularly (and deliciously) nifty is the McFlurry spoon.

An ode to simple product design.
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Sustainability Design 2.0

January 13th, 2011

Sustainable design is entering a new phase as it moves from environmental activism to an approach based around a range of improved business processes that make a difference. (more…)

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iPad Teardown: An Engineering Design Perspective

January 3rd, 2011

A Solutions Icon-o-Cast

By now you’ve seen technology-focused teardowns of the Apple iPad, but have you seen the insides through the eyes of a product design engineer? (more…)

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Demystifying Medical Devices

September 23rd, 2010

A Solutions Icon-o-Cast

In this new era of health care reform and rapidly advancing medical technology, how do devices—from band aids to robotic surgical equipment—get developed?  (more…)

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Design and the future of health care

May 11th, 2010

A Solutions Icon-o-Cast

Health expert, entrepreneur and educator Dr. Bern Shen joins LUNAR’s Robert Howard for a discussion about the future of health care and the implications and opportunities for the practice of design. (more…)

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Solving social needs with design

February 25th, 2010

A Solutions Icon-o-Cast

While most of us follow our interests into careers and try to carve out time to help the world, some of us shape our whole lives around doing good with the skills that we have while empowering others to do the same. (more…)

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LUNAR at MD&M West Feb 9-11

February 9th, 2010

LUNAR will be attending this year’s MD&M West, the world’s largest event for medical design, manufacturing, packaging and green tech, with work on display at the Medical Design Excellence Award Winners Showcase. (more…)

Gesture Cube—No need to touch

February 9th, 2010

As designers at LUNAR Europe, part of our job is to question and re-think existing product concepts. This daily routine becomes imperative when the product uses break-through technology.

Our most recent project involved creating a new product and interaction concept based on 3D gestural control. (more…)

Design Education at the Nueva School

November 25th, 2009

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In this Icon-o-Cast video, LUNAR’s Robert Howard discusses design education and “design thinking” with Kim Howard-Saxe, director of the Innovation Lab at the Nueva School. Recorded at the Maker Faire 2009. (more…)

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