Beer Chilling – Mechanical Innovations

All work and no play makes anyone a dull boy, so at the end of a long day of designing, prototyping and testing new product ideas, the team at Design 1st occasionally sit back and crack a few beers. But our curiosity does not end with the work day, so when considering ways of chilling a beer, we look beyond the time-honored combination of refrigeration and patience. Here is what we’ve found… Beer cans Two mechanical engineers out of Gainesville, Florida have revolutionized the way to cool a beer can […]

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Designing a Pneumatic Fish Cannon

Flying Fish, a mysterious mythical creature and now a reality. Dubbed the 'Salmon Cannon', a new glorified vacuum tube is helping fish in the Columbia River traverse man made dams by flying over them. Whoosh Innovations, the company behind the device first designed the pneumatic tube system to transport fruit and vegetables in packing plants.  But when Washington state posed a research question of how to help Salmon migrate across hydroelectric dams Whoosh pondered if fish could use the system too. "So we put a tilapia in the fruit tube," […]

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The Ottawa Maker Movement is Growing

What do a robot bird, sky-high lego buildings and a mechanized popcorn machine all have in common? Believe it or not, they’re  part of a rising global movement – that call themselves makers - and they came to Ottawa in droves last weekend for the annual Mini Maker Faire. Design 1st is out every year to take in Canada’s biggest gathering of creators, makers, tinkerers, hobbyists and hackers. It’s a chance to mingle with the minds of creators and see up and coming talent who celebrate the fusion of art […]

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How to Design Hardware Products for New Thread Wireless Protocol

The purpose of the new wireless protocol is to help smart home automation or Internet of Things (IoT) devices talk with each other more efficiently. But what does this mean for new products currently in development or existing smart home products? Here’s what we found out: Thread Protocol Background: Thread is a new low power wireless mesh network protocol for home automation products It’s backed by several big name vendors including Samsung, Nest, ARM, Freescale Semiconductor, Silicon Labs who collectively formed the ‘Thread Group” Thread Group’ modeled after WiFi Alliance […]

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Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP)

The Canadian government is putting fuel in the tanks of new startups and helping kickstart their business through a innovative funding program dedicated to helping startups commercialize new products. It’s called the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), and the Canadian government has earmarked as much as $500,000 for new products that can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of various government departments.  These small business grants are earmarked under four key “priority areas” for aid including: Environment Safety and security Health Enabling technologies Fit the bill? Then seek that start-up […]

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