Prototyper of the Week

Ommo Tests a Configuration

Every week, we recognize the Highway1 team that was most active in the lab with the prestigious Prototyper of the Week award.

This week’s winner is Ommo, who built and tested a system that turned out not to meet their product requirements. As any good inventor will tell you, finding something faulty early on in your process is immeasurably better than making the same discovery weeks or even months in.

Highway1 senior mechanical engineer Jon Carver was a great help, according to CTO Farshad Memarzanjany, designing and building a crucial part of their setup in about half a day. “In this configuration, we can measure the exact position of our sensor at a distance of up to 25 inches,” says Memarzanjany, who did the bulk of the hardware and firmware engineering.

“Based on our calculations for the ideal spec, however, it’s not quite fast enough,” says CEO Minjie Zheng. “We’re prototyping multiple designs of the reference to see which configuration of the hardware and software gives us the best performance. We have a bunch of ideas, but unless we gather the data, we’re not going to be able to say which one’s better, so we’re building and testing them all.” Ommo’s working on the next version, along with end-user-centric software that will help verify their assumptions.

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