Prototyping with hap2U

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Startup, Technology
[~3 min read]

 

At some point in time in your interactions with us, many of you have asked at least one of the following questions:

  • “Can your haptic technology be integrated into my device?”
  • “Up to what size of screen?”
  • “On what kind of material? Does it work on plastic?”
  • “What kind of applications have been built for my industry?”
  • “Can you replicate this particular texture?”
  • “What would be better, the discrete ceramics or hPiezo technology?”
  • “How quickly will my product be able to go to market?”

The answers are never simple.  It depends!

 

On what?

A number of factors influence the haptic effect and proposed design for any given device – from the layers of the display stack to the type of materials used to the type of use case imagined. Each of our partners will have their own specifications – which means that it is difficult to provide standard answers.  Instead, we prefer to study each case and provide a personalized proposal for a prototyping or proof-of-concept project.

 

These projects go something like this:

Step 1 – Understanding the project

In most cases, this first step is a face-to-face workshop where objectives are defined, and expectations and timelines are discussed.  Technical requirements are identified, and applicative use cases are described.  The partnership begins here, usually with a face-to-face workshop between the teams.

Step 2 – Technical feasibility pre-study

When a partner has an existing device or product into which they would like to integrate our technology, a preliminary technical feasibility pre-study is required.  These pre-studies are to identify and limit project risks and identify the complexity of the project (to estimate cost and timelines). Under strict confidentiality agreements, the partner and hap2U exchange information, including a sample that will be analyzed by our experts following several simulations.  The results of this pre-study are a technical report of pre-study results & technical feasibility, as well as the prototyping or POC project planning and budgets.

Step 3 – Project start

Armed with the project specifications, results of the technical pre-study (if required), and project plan our project teams get to work.  To simplify, we break our projects down into several work packages, often with go/no-go decisions at key stages.  These phases are used as touch points with our partners, to ensure that the project is aligned with expectations.   Readjustments to the project planning and deadlines may also be discussed at this time, and mock-ups of software development are discussed. Most POCs run from 3-6 months.

Step 4 – Prototype validation

Once the prototype and haptic applications are delivered to the partner, the ball is in their court for user testing.  In addition to validation by the partner, we suggest that they share the prototype with their customers through focus groups or specialized user testing.  In some projects, we offer the possibility to make modifications (for example, of the software application) even after delivery.

Post-project

Hap2U is a deep tech company – we design and develop the haptic technology that can be embedded into any hard surface or into any device.  Once a prototype has been validated, our business model is to work with partners to design their haptic devices for the best results, then transfer our technology know-how for manufacturing by them or their suppliers.  The timeline of this phase will depend on the manufacturing know-how and capacity of our partners and their suppliers, but we will work with them to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible.

 

If you are interested in working with us on a POC, please contact us with the details of your project!

The future of the automotive experience with haptic technology

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Haptics, Technology
[~2 min read]

 

Close your eyes and think of your car without any mechanical buttons.  No power window switches, no fan controls, no windshield wiper buttons. Surfaces are streamlined, modern, clean.

Hap2U is on the way to bringing this to reality – our haptic technology can be integrated into more than just displays.  It is compatible with any hard surface, opening the possibility for it to be integrated into dashboards, windows, panels…and more.

 

Here are some of the ideas we’ve already come up with.  What other ideas do you have?

  • Haptic center console displays to control entertainment, navigation, and communication menus
  • To replace climate control buttons and switches
  • On or behind the steering wheel to activate and disactivate cruise control
  • Below the dashboard to turn on the windshield wipers
  • To replace power window switches, on the door armrest or directly on the window
  • In a car simulator, to learn how to drive
  • On your keyless entry fob to lock and unlock the car and open the trunk

Say “Hi” to our Xplore Touch

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Haptics, Startup, Technology
[~1 min read]

 

Hey hey!

So, some of you have (rightfully!) asked, “What is it exactly that you’re selling?”  You’re right.  Let’s talk about our business today…specifically, our development kit, the Xplore Touch.

The Xplore Touch was born out of necessity – if our vision is to begin a haptic touchscreen revolution, we needed to start somewhere!  The Xplore Touch does it all – it is a demonstrator, an evaluation kit, and a development kit. It includes a powerful software development kit, the Haptic Creation Tool. With this software, you are autonomous in building your own haptic feedback canvases and human machine interface applications.   It is also constantly evolving to include updates to our technology.  Talk about a jack-of-all-trades!

The first version was shipped to our very early adopters in September 2017.  They used it to show management, test functionalities, and build applications.  Thanks to feedback from all of you, we are now on our forth version, having added a battery for mobile use and made important improvements in design, quality, and user experience.  Customers use the Xplore Touch as a first step to prototyping – they test  user experience and various applications.

This new batch is under development, with the first deliveries anticipated for mid-May.  If you’re interested in reserving yours, let us know!

Click here for more information on the Xplore Touch.

Minimum Viable Processes = The Right Balance of Formal and Informal

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Startup
[~ 2 min read]

 

Here at hap2U, we believe in balance – the right mix of two extremes – like working hard and having fun while we do it, respecting diversity and playfully making fun of each other, long working days with a relaxing lunch break.  And similarly, we have adopted an approach to business processes that increase productivity, but don’t bog us down with administrative tasks.  I like to call this “Minimum Viable Processes” – just enough process to streamline our activities, while keeping us flexible to adapt to our partners’ needs.

When I first started at hap2U, we had recently expanded from 6 employees to 12, had signed our first business contracts, and were getting ready to deliver our first batch of the Xplore Touch development kit.  Our inboxes and memories were feeling the growing pains, and we decided to implement CRM, Project Management, and back office tools throughout the company.

 

What?

We had a long list of requests for the new tool – more than just a platform to manage our customer interactions, we wanted a complete system that would grow and mature with us.  Luckily, the internet is full of solutions (just Google “CRM” and see for yourself!).  After a few weeks of market research, we agreed on an online out-of-the-box business process suite.  It had good reviews, helpful customer service, sophisticated analytics, killer apps… on top of an impressive, modulable feature list.  It was a fit!

 

How?

We started implementation in September 2017, module by module, starting with the CRM.  Each phase was preceded by a discussion on high level processes and business rules that would structure the tool.  This step was important – relevant team members provided their feedback on potential use cases, and we agreed together on the amount of detail that would be required.  This is where the “Minimum Viable Process” part comes in.  We agreed on what the minimum would be, with the option to be more complete when necessary. Thanks to our system’s modularity, we can pick and choose the feature set that makes the most sense to us.  And it’s adaptable – we are adjusting as we go (and grow!).

 

Why?

After a little more than six months of use, we confirm that processes aren’t just for well-established companies.  Start-ups can see the benefits quickly and easily with the right approach.  At hap2U, we now have well-followed Sales, Marketing, and Project Management processes. These modules are well used by the entire team.  Our communication is more efficient – we know where to find the most important information.  And best of all, with these foundations in place (and the data that comes with it), the next step will be to build helpful reports and dashboards with data-driven KPI’s to constantly improve and learn from our interactions.

Welcome to our blog

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Startup

[~1 min read]

Hello! And welcome to hap2U’s updated blog.  We’ve redesigned and rethought this space to better communicate to you – our partners, our support network, and our investors – on new and interesting topics.

So, visit often to read about the life of hap2U as a small and growing deep tech start-up, stay updated on new products and features, learn about our business approach and processes, and most of all, have fun while you’re at it.

A preview of what’s in store for March:

  • CES results
  • Meet the team at hap2U
  • “hap2U Technology for Dummies”
  • How we build “most viable processes”
  • And some surprises!

 

Let us know what you think!  What else would you like to hear about?

Talk to you soon,

Emily (on behalf of all of us at hap2U)