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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Juggling Curve Balls: Electronics Manufacturing in China – Part 2

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Aug 2018

Juggling Curve Balls: Electronics Manufacturing in China – Part 2

In China Manufacturing hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

This is a continuation of last month’s article, Juggling Curve Balls: Electronics Manufacturing in China – Part 1. Surprise problem delivers a blow to plans Word comes back from our engineering team that there was a miscommunication between the head engineer and the project manager. The PCBA is missing 2 little passive components that regulate […]

Juggling Curve Balls – Electronics Manufacturing in China

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Jul 2018

Juggling Curve Balls – Electronics Manufacturing in China

In China Manufacturing hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

This article gives insight into the previously untold story of many businesses that push through defining moments to create their destiny. It should also provide an education of how companies succeed with Electronics Manufacturing in China that isn’t written about in business school textbooks. Three simultaneous truths existed in 2004.   One, I was competent […]

The Difference Between Android Product Development Success and Burnout

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Apr 2018

The Difference Between Android Product Development Success and Burnout

In Case study hardware-manufacturing Testing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

A few months ago personal friends of mine – let’s call them The Dream Team – asked me if I wanted to get involved with making a custom Android tablet for use in a car, primarily as a navigation and DVR system, but also with some entertainment functionality.  Key details of the project were that […]