In today’s volatile business environment, concerns about growth, diversification and innovation are not just about strategic planning, they’re critical to survival. Smart companies are always looking for what’s next and planning well in advance for how to execute on it. We’re working on about two dozen solutions for clients right now, and we’d love to learn about the particular challenges you’re facing too.
The ability to stay connected to the most effective and influential technology is critical to product development. Looking ahead to scout our strategic opportunities and track and predict where technology is heading is just as important as successfully applying it to your next generation product. How do you keep up with the constantly evolving opportunities and sort through those which can power marketplace differentiation and growth across your portfolio?
With an array of choices and purchasing paths as never before, how do you get customers to choose what you're selling? How can you create desire and drive demand? How can you keep doing it across multiple product cycles and competitive offerings? Differentiation is essential to survival, but being different is not enough. We help you differentiate with a foundation in understanding the differences that will sell. But PDT doesn't leave you hanging with big ideas and pretty pictures. Our team knows how to get those ideas engineered and on to shelves.
Ideas are easy. Developing them in a constructive and collaborative way is the hard part of the development process. Creative design, robust engineering and an effective path to production need to come together seamlessly to ensure success. The best laid plans are worthless without a means to make them real, and that capability has always been the core of PDT's approach to problem solving. For 15 years, our team has worked with clients worldwide on projects large and small with an emphasis on delivering those great ideas to commercialization.
All aspects of PDT’s work are accomplished with an eye toward our clients’ ultimate goal: bringing extraordinarily successful products to market on schedule, on budget. And with over 70 mechanical and electrical engineers, 30 software programmers and 25 designers, user experience experts and design strategists, our team has a combined 1000+ years of experience doing just that. But PDT is much more than impressive numbers. We offer a truly seamless integration of these capabilities to achieve even the most complex and technically challenging goals under the tightest of timeframes. Whether partnering actively with customers or independently managing their entire project, PDT confidently delivers from concept through commercialization.
PDT Scouting: Observing and exploring culture, technology and trends to gather and evaluate information for decision making.
PDT Research: Investigating, discovering and analyzing critical knowledge as the foundation for design and business strategy.
Photo and Video ethnography/ User centered observational research/ Verification, validation and voice of customer research (VOC)/ Behavioral prototyping/ Developmental quantitative studies/ Contextual and indepth interviews/ Task analysis and motion studies
PDT User Experience: The design of intuitive on-screen interfaces which render even the most complex technology approachable, inviting and easy to use.
Font creation/ Interface simulators and usability testing/ Task analysis/ Interaction diagramming/ Specification documentation/ Iconography/ Interface and communications design/ Sound design in sound lab/ Function definition
PDT Industrial Design: Visionary functional, aesthetic and ergonomic solutions which maximize your product’s perceived value and user satisfaction.
Visual brand language (VBL) development/ Innovation workshops/ Product platform and architecture definition/ Color, material and finish (CMF) documentation/ Product refinement and detail definition/ Human factors support (usability, ergonomic studies and anthropometric analysis)/ Product lifecycle design/ Market trends and product landscape analysis/ Physical mockups and form studies/ Collaborative ideation and structured brainstorming/ Color and trend analysis and contectual definition
PDT Mechanical Engineering: Robust, rapid development of your product for cost-effective production and successful commercialization.
Control drawings/ High risk DVT testing/ Project definition/ Manufacturing support/ FEA on critical areas/ Tolerance stacks/ Tooling review/Tooling quotes/ Master model/ Top down assembly/ Appearance model CAD creation for marketing/ ID support and Capture ID/ Detailed design/ Fixture design/ Preliminary BOM with costing/ Internal architecture/ Functional prototypes
PDT Software: Design, testing and implementation of the code which brings your device to life and powers a seamless user experience.
General embedded (No OS, RTOS, or Linux)/ Medical and military process flows/ Windows CE (drivers, middleware, applications)/ Android (drivers, middleware, applications)/ PC applications for devices/ Wireless integration (connectivity, WLAN, cellular)/ Web services for devices/ GUI implementation (QT, WPF, Android)/ iPhone and iPad (applications, accessories)/ Silverlight