Projects

Collaborator
Project
Impact Area
Sector
Year
Neurio
Gateway Enclosure
People, Planet
Internet of Things
2016
Gateway Enclosure

IMPACT AREA: People, Planet
COLLABORATOR: Neurio

MistyWest worked closely with Neurio to create an enclosure for their existing Gateway energy monitor’s electronics circuit board, with a focus on industrial design and cosmetic aesthetics, influenced by themes centred around the target audience of the device. Mechanical design followed with provisions for LED indicators and connector placement, structure, and internal mounting features. 10 sets of enclosures were delivered upon completion, which were assembled into fully functional demonstration devices and showcased as offerings to Neurio’s potential customers.

TZOA
Wearable Particle Sensor
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Internet of Things, Sensor Tech
2015
Wearable Particle Sensor

IMPACT AREA: Sustainable Cities and Communities
COLLABORATOR: TZOA

TZOA wanted to develop a compact, multi-sensor device capable of monitoring indoor air quality and provide a platform for data aggregation, all while keeping the product at a consumer price of less than $200 a unit. Hey, we said we love a hard problem!



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Intel Labs
3D Volumetric Display
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
AR/VR/MR
2017
3D Volumetric Display

IMPACT AREA: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
COLLABORATOR: Intel Labs

How do you create a compelling floating volumetric image/hologram that can be used on a desktop, given current technical constraints and commercially available hardware?



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MIT University
Copenhagen Wheel
Affordable and Clean Energy
Transportation
2013
Copenhagen Wheel

IMPACT AREA: Affordable and Clean Energy
COLLABORATOR: MIT University

Based on technology invented by MIT, Superpedestrian founding members reached out to MistyWest to make the next generation prototype for the Copenhagen Wheel that was reliable and cost effective.



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Amazon
Amazon Fresh Controlled Outdoor Signage
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Next Generation Retail
2015
Amazon Fresh Controlled Outdoor Signage

IMPACT AREA: Sustainable Cities and Communities
COLLABORATOR: Amazon

MistyWest was subcontracted to develop a prototype for AmazonFresh’s new rapid grocery pickup service. This entailed designing a unit according to the client’s existing Industrial Design Volume, in addition to being resistant to the variables of outdoor climate, and meeting requirements of UL certification.



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WWF
Polar Bear Tracker
Climate Action
Sensor Tech
2018
Polar Bear Tracker

IMPACT AREA: Climate Action
COLLABORATOR: WWF

As climate change progresses, the evolving behavioural and migration patterns of polar bears has made it difficult to reliably track their locations. WWF and IDEO reached out to MistyWest to design an Argos based tracking device to help solve this problem.



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OMMO
Spinning Field Generator
Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
VR/AR/MR
2018
Spinning Field Generator

IMPACT AREA: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
COLLABORATOR: OMMO

MistyWest designed and fabricated a field generator system that can spin about the z-axis and concurrently wobble about Φ, producing unique flux vectors in free space by leveraging the non-uniformity of a dipole. The device enabled the 3D positioning of multiple magnetometers for use in AR/VR applications.

Google Sidewalk Labs
FEA Simulation
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Environment
2016
FEA Simulation

IMPACT AREA: Sustainable Cities and Communities
COLLABORATOR: Google Sidewalk Labs

Conducted preliminary structural analysis for modular residences.

Rapid Electric Vehicles
Electric Ford Escape Conversion
Affordable and Clean Energy
Transportation
2010
Electric Ford Escape Conversion

IMPACT AREA: Affordable and Clean Energy
COLLABORATOR: Rapid Electric Vehicles

For this project, MistyWest created and implemented Vehicle To Grid (V2G) strategy for a Ford Escape, in addition to designing and building prototypes of battery enclosures, air cooling systems, support brackets, motor/transmission assemblies, half-shafts, and motor mounts.

AFCC
Test Instrumentation for Fuel Cells
Affordable and Clean Energy
Transportation
2012
Test Instrumentation for Fuel Cells

IMPACT AREA: Affordable and Clean Energy
COLLABORATOR: AFCC

The AFCC engaged MistyWest to investigate methods of characterizing and improving freeze start up (FSU) performance of fuel cells. A computer controlled ‘Freeze Rig’ was designed, and the FSU performance was measured through varying rates, such as amount of fluid injected, the rate and duration of airflow, and other factors. MistyWest designed and built a fully automated goniometer and peltier backed freezing rig, and ran hundreds of tests to qualify backfeed duct geometry.

Alpha Dominche
High-End Batch Coffee Brewer
Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Consumer Products
2016
High-End Batch Coffee Brewer

IMPACT AREA: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
COLLABORATOR: Alpha Dominche

Alpha Dominche approached MistyWest to transform a rudimentary plywood based prototype of a novel batch coffee brewer into a trade-show ready product within an ambitious timeline of 2 ½ months. We applied every tool and trick in our arsenal to design, fabricate, and test two next-revision prototypes to resolve issues that would prohibit mass manufacturing, including custom design of stainless steel and aluminum parts, custom PCB and firmware design, and development of a full software stack to provide Bluetooth connectivity via a mobile app. The Sight Brewer successfully made it to the 2016 SCAA trade-show, and yes, also brewed delicious coffee.

Aeri Health
Multi-Sensor Diagnostic Platform
Good Health & Well Being
Health
2016
Multi-Sensor Diagnostic Platform

IMPACT AREA: Good Health & Well Being
COLLABORATOR: Aeri Health

MistyWest was asked to expand upon previous work we had done for Aeri Health by bringing their Cagiva pulse-oximeter product to market, of which we had already successfully researched, designed, and fabricated 3000 units in a timeline of 16 weeks. MistyWest integrated a new MCU into the PCB design and optimized for volume manufacture, including injection molded design of plastics, and delivered the first functional prototypes for testing and validation. The design performed under ISO 13485 standards for medical devices, including all QMS documentation.

 

 

eatART
Solar Panels
Affordable and Clean Energy
Renewable Energy
2015
Solar Panels

IMPACT AREA: Affordable and Clean Energy
COLLABORATOR: eatART

Designed a 2.3kW array of solar panels for installation onto a custom trailer, complete with batteries, breaker panel, MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) and solar inverter. eatArt says they are “always impressed with the engineering expertise at MistyWest and have used the system dozens of times.”

VodaSafe
Handheld Sonar and Scanning Device
People, Planet
Health
2017
Handheld Sonar and Scanning Device

IMPACT AREA: People, Planet
COLLABORATOR: VodaSafe

MistyWest was responsible for architecture design, enclosure design, experimentation and production of the first 50 devices of a first-of-its-kind lifesaving product for VodaSafe; a handheld sweeping sonar technology intended to quickly scan underwater for drowning victims.



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Fatigue Science
Wearable Sleep Monitoring Device
People, Planet
Health
2017
Wearable Sleep Monitoring Device

IMPACT AREA: People, Planet
COLLABORATOR: Fatigue Science

Fatigue Science’s sleep monitoring wristband required a design update. MistyWest was brought on to provide certification, design documents, update the firmware to conduct validation testing, and design a custom test jig to conduct high volume testing. Our team conducted PCB miniaturization, followed by delivery of 2000 assembled PCBs, and made improvements to battery life and reliability, of which now exceeds one month. Ultimately, MistyWest delivered completely redesigned hardware and firmware on the wearable device. Fatigue Science is now shipping thousands of units each month, and some of their most notable customers include the Toronto Raptors and the Chicago Cubs’ championship team.

Lions Gate Technology
Pre-Eclampsia Diagnostic Device
Good Health & Well Being
Health
2014
Pre-Eclampsia Diagnostic Device

IMPACT AREA: Good Health & Well Being
COLLABORATOR: Lions Gate Technology

MistyWest was contracted to design, fabricate, and assemble an interface for a multi-sensor medical diagnostic platform intended to help identify pre-eclampsia in pregnant women in remote areas. 800 units were designed and assembled within 6 weeks, including design of a PCB to translate the audio signal to a digital input suitable for android tablets, and an enclosure suited for rapid low-volume manufacture. This device has been used in a broad clinical trial overseas, and several cases of Pre-Eclampsia have been identified and averted using field interventions.