User Interface for Chemical Analysis

Voler Systems developed an instrument that measures turbidity (cloudiness) of water for industrial water processing.  It uses the refractive index of the fluid to measure the volume of minute particles in the water.  The user interface provided control for operational, diagnostic, and calibration functions. We provided a clear and intuitive user interface for the instrument [...]

October 16th, 2017|Categories: Embedded Systems, Medical Devices, Recent Projects, Software and Firmware, V2017|

Machine Learning on GPUs and Embedded Devices

Deep nets are becoming pervasive in many desktop and mobile applications. However, running deep nets on small embedded devices remains a challenge. Some include choosing the right implementation on the embedded device (cuDNN, TensorFlow, etc.) and using other tricks that can improve performance (for example: using lower-precision math). Deep learning and more broadly machine learning [...]

October 5th, 2017|Categories: FPGA, V2017|

Low Data Rate Links for IoT Presentation

In case you missed Walt Maclay's "Low Data Rate Links for IoT" presentation, here is the video. Download slides: IoTLowDataRateLinks        

August 26th, 2017|Categories: IoT, News, V2017, Video, Wireless|

2017 Roundup of Robotics & AR/VR Meetups

Nothing beats face-to-face meetings for keeping one’s finger on the industry pulse and staying abreast of new developments. We’ve created a roundup of robotic meetups around Silicon Valley. We always look forward to establishing new and growing existing relationships via networking at events like these.   One event, we will attend is on Sept 14: [...]

August 16th, 2017|Categories: IoT, Newsletters, V2017|

Volume 2017, Issue 3 Newsletter

In This Issue: Getting Data into the Cloud Developers have several options for getting data into the cloud, the best method requires evaluating power needs, WiFi coverage, data transmission rates, and related costs. Read more Hackathons – Kickoff for Innovation Hackathons are useful for companies to generate promising product ideas and stimulate the creative and [...]

August 1st, 2017|Categories: News, Newsletters, V2017|

Self-Care Medical Devices and Health Wearables Require Increased Focus on Design for Human Factors

image source: Human Factors and Medical Devices on FDA website by Walt Maclay Recently, I attended a fascinating panel discussion that explored the increasing importance of understanding human factors and user experience in the design and successful use of a medical device for home care or self-care. Medical devices like insulin pumps and home dialysis [...]

July 27th, 2017|Categories: Medical Devices, V2017, Wearable Devices|

At your wits’ end? We can help fix your design

Occasionally we help clients who have had a design project that has gone off track. Here is a recent project we rescued after the project went awry. “I appreciate the great work that Voler has been performing. Voler’s team has assisted us with many problems, fixed code from an outside consultant, added features that were [...]

July 20th, 2017|Categories: V2017|

Getting Data into the Cloud

The challenge of IoT and connected devices is getting data from the device sensor to the cloud, that is, getting access through the internet to where that data is used, processed, and stored. The ubiquitous use of WiFi and Bluetooth through smartphones, along with the widespread availability of cell towers and public WiFi access points, [...]

July 19th, 2017|Categories: IoT, V2017, Wearable Devices, Wireless|

Wearable Device Design Mistakes

Frequently, we are called in to perform design reviews of wearable devices. Here are a couple of common design mistakes we see for wearable devices: Design draws too much power To save power, you will want to turn off portions of your design when you're not using them.  Design and testing of shut-down and sleep [...]

July 5th, 2017|Categories: V2017, Wearable Devices|

Hackathons – Kickoff for Innovation

Hackathons are increasingly being used to inspire innovation. A hackathon is a design sprint-like event in which development engineers, users, and other subject-matter experts collaborate intensively for a short period of time, typically a day or a weekend. Hackathons are useful for companies to generate promising product ideas and stimulate the creative and problem-solving juices [...]

July 1st, 2017|Categories: V2017|