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Android Advertising Display Case Study

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Jun 2019

Android Advertising Display Case Study

Project Scope Design electronics, firmware, and casing of a custom Android Advertising Display to facilitate the unique functions of our client’s app. The displays are installed on top of supermarket shelves, usually at the check out aisle. Application Background The display shows advertisements for products that sit on the shelf below it with the intention […]

Electronics manufacturing in America or Europe – Dream or Reality?

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Feb 2019

Electronics manufacturing in America or Europe – Dream or Reality?

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Simple, and then increasingly advanced, electronics manufacturing started moving from the US to Japan in the 1960s as brands searched for lower costs.  Subsequently, suppliers in other developing Asian countries provided even lower costs. Labor intensive manufacturing moves like water. Water settles in the lowest point that has the fewest holes.  Manufacturing settles in the […]

The Most Important and Often Overlooked Part of Custom Android Development

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Nov 2018

The Most Important and Often Overlooked Part of Custom Android Development

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Let’s cut to the chase, everyone knows about user testing, but no one thinks enough about the impact it has on a Custom Android Development timeline. When I suggest this to clients they initially unintentionally ignore the suggestion until the benefit becomes apparent during prototype testing.  Rarely do companies realize how important this is until […]

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Oct 2018

The Nightmare we Share – Lessons from Working with the Wrong Chinese Android Supplier

In October we got an email from a company, Peppercorn (not real name), that had reached out to Hatch over a year ago about making a custom Android tablet for them.   The project itself, from a technical standpoint, was perfect for Hatch, but the company wasn’t mature enough to commit to the volume we […]

Android Treble: blessing or trouble – Part III

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Feb 2018

Android Treble: blessing or trouble – Part III

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Karim Yaghmour, CEO Opersys inc. (www.opersys.com) Inside Treble To understand how Treble achieves its goals, we need to take a closer look at the internals of Android and get a better understanding of how the Android framework interacts with the lower layers of the system.  Only then can we explore the technologies introduced by Treble […]

The Do or Die of Shenzhen Manufacturing: A Niche to Scratch

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Jul 2017

The Do or Die of Shenzhen Manufacturing: A Niche to Scratch

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

You’ve heard Shenzhen’s story: sleepy fishing village to mega-city. Only forty-or-so years and the ‘experimental zone’ that drank a rocket-fuel mixture of capitalism and ‘if you build it’ attitude already ranks next to the nation’s capital. It’s also a case study in China’s manufacturing growth – from the spectacular growth of the 80s, 90s and […]

Overview of USSD for IoT

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May 2017

Overview of USSD for IoT

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

What is USSD? Unstructured Supplementary Service Data or USSD, is a protocol used by GSM cellular devices (like a cell phone or M2M product) for bilateral communication between the device and the mobile network provider’s computers. USSD is commonly used for balance checking, adjusting mobile account settings, and adding credit. Anytime mobile phone users dial […]