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Corona, You, Me, Us. What’s Happened and Where it’s Going

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Apr 2020

Corona, You, Me, Us. What’s Happened and Where it’s Going

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Coronavirus has interrupted this month’s regularly scheduled program so this blog post doesn’t deal with custom Android tablets, custom Android manufacturing, or anything custom Android hardware related.  It’s time to address the elephant in the room.  I hope you’ve been making the most of our new world order now that a microscopic virus is in […]

Ready for custom Android development? Or where to turn when Android isn’t the right choice

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Mar 2020

Ready for custom Android development? Or where to turn when Android isn’t the right choice

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Designing software is usually more dynamic and subject to change than developing a custom Android tablet or custom Android phone (assuming the hardware architecture is clear). Finishing the first version of software also better defines the requirements of the hardware in case any changes or surprises come up. For these reasons having the Android app […]

How to Write an Effective Inquiry for a Custom Android Manufacturing Project

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Feb 2020

How to Write an Effective Inquiry for a Custom Android Manufacturing Project

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Hatch receives a decent amount of inquiries for Custom Android hardware projects through our website and through email (which end up in the same inbox). The first contact a potential client sends provides a strong indication of whether the client and Hatch would be a good match for each other. An email that’s concise and […]

Steps to Making Custom Android Hardware

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Jan 2020

Steps to Making Custom Android Hardware

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Manufacturing custom Android tablets and custom Android phones has turned into a passion of mine, not only because I enjoy getting the product made, but because of the interesting projects Hatch has the honor of working on. Our ability to make products is what gives Hatch the chance to play a role in advancing these […]

Custom Android Tablet for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Case Study

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Oct 2019

Custom Android Tablet for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Case Study

In Blog Case study By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Project Scope Create easy to operate and sturdy hardware for a custom Android tablet and matching charging dock used by seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s or similar illnesses. The tablet is the centerpiece of a service that Hatch’s client created to provide digitally enhanced Reminiscence therapy to patients of Alzheimer and dementia. Application Background For decades […]

New Android Medical Devices Improve the Human Condition

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Aug 2019

New Android Medical Devices Improve the Human Condition

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Medical devices require unequivocal reliability to serve critical uses that affect people’s health or survival. Health care is an industry flush with liability risk and high costs so medical devices must perform more like a rocket ship than a toy. This means change happens slowly and deliberately. When Android first became available in consumer products, […]

Android Advertising Display Case Study

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Jun 2019

Android Advertising Display Case Study

In Blog Case study hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

(Client has requested to not show any images of their device which is why generic images have been used in this blog post.) Project Scope Design electronics, firmware, and casing of a custom Android Display with integrated cameras to facilitate the unique functions of our client’s app. Hatch’s Responsibilities PCBA Design Custom Android firmware engineering […]

Android Treble: blessing or trouble – Part II

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Feb 2018

Android Treble: blessing or trouble – Part II

In hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Karim Yaghmour, CEO Opersys inc. (www.opersys.com) Treble and the Android release flow Why have Android updates been generally difficult, long and expensive?  What are the specific issues with older releases that made such updates so difficult?  And how does Treble attempt to solve this? Let’s take a closer look at the processes at play and […]

Android Treble: blessing or trouble?

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Jan 2018

Android Treble: blessing or trouble?

In hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

This month I’m honored to share an article written by my friend Karim Yaghmour, one of the world’s leading experts on the Linux and Android platforms, about Treble, a major revision to Android’s architecture.  The article is in-depth enough for an experienced engineer to appreciate, yet explains the details in simple enough language that most […]

The First Step to Success with your Android Product Development

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Dec 2017

The First Step to Success with your Android Product Development

In hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

What’s an Engineering Assessment and why it is necessary to a successful finished product? If you’ve been involved at any stage of the production of a custom Android device (or any product), from concept to development to manufacturing, you will know about the hurdles that come up along the way. Your workload during the development […]