Afterthought Software does hardware too

Published 12 June 2012 under news, hardware

A working model of a device for improving connectivity at home has been been built in-house by Afterthought Software.

The project involved setting up a "micro-manufacturing" unit at our Bath headquarters - a first for the company.

New client ContinuumBridge Ltd commissioned the project, asking us to produce a prototype, involving both hardware and software engineering.

Andy Duller, Afterthought Software director, says: "Improving home connectivity between devices is an area many technology companies are trying to crack because the benefits of a device that can "talk" simultaneously between wi-fi, bluetooth and zigbee platforms are enormous. ContinuumBridge has some very innovative solutions in this area, which they asked us to explore, test and develop.

"We were very pleased at how we tackled the project. Yet again, we proved our flexibility in meeting challenges, which is an important strength of the company."

Afterthought Software director Byron Bradley worked on the project and says: "This was a very exciting challenge for us because hardware development is a new area for us to apply our knowledge and skills. It was a lot of fun setting up a hardware workshop in the office. We had to buy-in lots of new tools and materials and we are now well equipped to take on this sort of work. You would be hard pressed to find a better example of micro-manufacturing".

Martin Sotheran, director at ContinuumBridge Ltd says: "Afterthought Software delivered a working prototype within the two month timeframe. We would certainly use them again."


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