Living in Colorado is full of excitement and opportunity. We have many things to be excited about, from the fourteeners (the mountain peaks above 14,000 feet), to green chili, fishing in the Rio Grande, and thousands of acres of industrial hemp. We have strong roots in agriculture and a passion for technology, so the budding hemp industry seemed like a good place for Object Syndicate to develop solutions. I was introduced to some of the local growers in the San Luis Valley and northern New Mexico through friends and political activism. Meeting these amazing people intrigued me to go to the industrial hemp convention, NoCo4. There we met even more amazing people and was completely astonished at the new technology being developed for industrial hemp which will change the world for the better in the near future. Attending last year exposed us to some great ways we can assist industrial hemp with Internet of Things. We have been developing the ioTank platform to be more suited for custom industrial applications as well as the Luciscan spectrometer. We will be attending NoCo5 this year in April and we hope to see everyone there.
Here at Object Syndicate we believe in rapid prototyping and low cost entry into experimental hardware. To achieve this we use a 40 watt CnC laser produced by Lihuiyu Studio Labs to mark and engrave the various product boxes we use for hardware.
This allows for precision machining at any scale without having to worry about outsourcing such a critical component. We are able to decrease risk and increase reliability because of our in house tooling equipment.
While 3D printing has its merits, nothing beats subtractive manufacturing for cost and scale. We are able to shorten the hardware feedback cycle from days and weeks to minutes.
The ability to take an off-the-shelf project box and turn it into a fully functional prototype is one of our biggest advantages. Once the functioning prototype is built we design custom PCBs and assemble a few units to test the design and calibrate any sensors. After we’re sure the sensors and design are sound we move to a limited production run of a few more devices.