Connected engineering

At Pixo, being good consultants means never taking the easy way out; particularly when it comes to making decisions that affect your final product.
An illustration depicting a world of connected technologies.

Combining our know-how with your needs

The power of consulting comes from combining our engineering know-how with your industry expertise and business needs. If we think your idea won’t connect with your target audience or achieve your stated goals, we’ll push back and offer suggestions based on what we know. There are easy ways to do almost everything, but cutting certain corners impairs people’s experiences with your product, lowering engagement and raising frustration. Your users deserve more, and so do you.

If you’ve visited the Pixo offices, poked around this website, or chatted with us at an event, you may have heard the term “connected engineering.” It’s how we refer to work in which software — like an app or interface — connects to hardware, and vice versa.

Connected engineering projects require a lot of consulting to get right. When multiple systems are “talking” to each other, that conversation introduces a lot of complexity. Connected engineering work is also hard (if not impossible) to change, because hardware revisions are prohibitively expensive. That means we have to uncover true insights about your users and make solid development decisions together from the beginning. You need a mix of strong engineering knowledge and experience, a rich understanding of users, and our commitment to not cut corners.

In the past few years, we’ve…

  • Upgraded a radio controller used to fly remote control airplanes and connected it to a touchscreen device that made the controls easier to use
  • Developed a cross-platform mobile app that sets configuration settings for prosthetic hands, controlled by a myoelectric body interface
  • Built a web app that runs the diagnostics on 64,000 LED modules that work together to form a giant (And we mean giant) display
  • Created a control interface to adjust the settings on zero-turn mowers without the need for tools
  • Designed and developed an interface that controls permanent equipment in school gyms
  • Created an embedded Android interface within a scanning device to help a manufacturer scan and manage their shipments

Of course, the connections between hardware and software aren’t the only ones that are important in this type of project. We’d be going against our commitment to quality if we connected your high-tech hardware to software nobody could actually use. We also consider the humans who will be using the software and hardware. So our connected engineering projects involve a full suite of Pixonauts—consultants who aren’t just great at engineering, but also user research and experience—to make sure your project works from all angles.

Do you have a connected engineering project you’d like to explore with us? Or are you thinking about how you can improve the user experience of your existing software? Reach out to us!

Last modified on December 13, 2021