Teaching Students about Real Product Development

As part of our community outreach efforts, Syncroness engages with local universities in a variety of ways, one of which is guest lecturing. We’ve found that this is both a teaching experience, and a valuable learning experience. To help explain why you might want to try incorporating teaching into your own outreach projects, let’s look at one of my recent guest lecturing experiences.

Webinar - Getting Started with Model-Based Systems Engineering in Product Development

You’ve convinced the powers-that-be that your company should use Model-based Systems Engineering. You’ve done an extensive trade study and picked the tool that you want to use. You’ve completed the budget and IT hurdles to put the tool into the hands of all your engineers. Now what? How does this new tool fit into your product development process? How do you capture your project’s data in the tool? Which diagrams should you use? How do you create your regulatory submission documentation?

Making Batteries Smarter

These days it seems like everything is becoming a “smart” device. Even the batteries that power smart devices are becoming “smart.” A conventional battery simply exposes positive and return terminals. You’re left to figure out how to use the battery. In contrast, a smart battery looks after itself, tells you what its status is, and even lets you control what it’s doing. Sounds great, doesn’t it? But do you really need a smart battery? And if you do need a smart battery, what’s actually involved in making one?

​​​360 Degree Reviews: Boosting Performance at a Modern Pace

What were your team members doing a year ago?  Did they do brilliant work?  Was there room for improvement?  Do they even remember the details of what they were working on a year ago?  If you’re a fast-paced and dynamic workplace like Syncroness a year may be multiple projects and multiple teams of coworkers ago.  Providing feedback and setting goals once a year during an annual review, on a timescale far removed from the timescale of the work being done, can be less than ideal.

Modern unit testing in C with TDD and Ceedling

Automated unit testing is considered a key practice for delivering quality software in many software development circles. But it’s a practice that’s been slow to gain traction in the embedded software space. That slow uptake is partly due to the unique challenges of writing software that may be tightly bound to the underlying hardware, and partly due to the lack of unit testing tools aimed at the C programming language most commonly used for embedded development. 

Making a difference in the community

The Syncroness Community Outreach Committee encourages employees to give back to the community. We volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Food Bank of the Rockies, Bonfils Blood Drives, National MS Society, Hope House, Boy Scouts of America, Boulder Community Hospital, George Karl Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Why not build your own engineering team?

You have an exciting idea for a new product that you're pretty sure the market is screaming out for. You've got the capital to bring at least a minimum viable version of that product to the market, so that you can test the waters and raise additional capital. Now you just need some engineers to convert that product from an idea into a reality. Should you build your own team of engineers? Or does it make more sense to engage with a product development company like Syncroness?

Syncroness at Denver Startup Week

Agile methods are hugely successful for building software and are being used to develop hardware. But what happens when you need to move beyond 3D printing and Arduino? How do you make smart choices for the future while maintaining your agility? 

National Academies releases NASA Technology Report chaired by Syncroness Vice President

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released the NASA Space Technology Roadmaps and Priorities Revisited report this week summarizing the independent review of NASA’s 14 recently revised technology roadmaps. The committee that performed the review was co-chaired by Syncroness Vice President of Engineering, Todd Mosher, Ph.D. and is the culmination of a year of analysis and formulation of a methodology for future independent reviews.

Secure over-the-air firmware updates for IoT systems

Challenge: The customer needed a solution to allow secure over-the-air firmware updates for IoT systems installed at commercial properties. The system needed to know that the firmware it downloaded is an official release from the vendor and has not been tampered with during download or replaced on the server by someone with malicious intent.

We're the Small Business of the Year!

Syncroness, Inc., an engineering design firm specializing in rapid product development for aerospace, medical, and consumer markets, today was named the 2016 Small Business of the Year by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. This award recognizes small businesses that have a history of outstanding business practices in the Denver community and to honor the entrepreneurship, sustainability, productivity and effort put forth in a small business.

Syncroness acquires Magpie Software

Syncroness announces the acquisition of Magpie Software, a Colorado-based company founded in 2001 that is an active industry leader in software development. This strategic acquisition will reinforce and expand Syncroness’ innovative product development team.

Predicting Success . . . and Failure

Syncroness engineers deliver detailed analysis reports to support product designs. Recently, our analysis capabilities broadened to include Fluid Dynamics/Flow (CFD), Frequency, Motion, and Fatigue along with our past Structural (FEA) and Thermal analysis capabilities.