What We Do
“We build the best damn solutions for our clients.”
Green Shoe Garage’s Mission Statement
The philosophy that drives Green Shoe Garage is best summarized as this:
We are committed to the Maker and Open Source ethos. We seek to develop and apply new technologies to solve real-world problems. We seek to work alongside clients who share our same “can do” attitude and who also desire to disrupt the status quo. Tackling these type of moon shot projects requires great design because we have learned that a good design can overcome bad project management but the greatest project management in the world can never overcome a poor design. Over the decades we have honed our design process and have come to discover that the best design stands at the intersection of innovation and ingenuity. Where form and function seamlessly follows each other. Where practical sophistication displaces impractical complexity for the benefit of our ultimate master, the end user. We firmly believe in rapid iterative design and thus embrace the counter-intuitive notion that failure is the best teacher and thus is a critical part of the creative process. By failing early and often you get to a better solution faster. That’s better for us, better for our clients and better for the end user. In short, our mission is to engineer the best damn solutions for our clients and the world.
If you have questions or would like to discuss ways we could help you, please feel free to contact us.
Open Source Components + Custom Design = Fast, Effective Solutions
As a product studio we love to team with inventors who are seeking to turn their big ideas into disruptive technologies and products that will better the world, especially products that leverage embedded electronics. We collaborate with clients looking for a custom, one-of-a-kind solution or a proof-of-concept that will meet their exact specifications when no commercial “off-the-shelf” solution is suitable. We take great care to design practical products that are sophisticated, not complicated. We realize products aren’t worth the paper they are drawn on if they aren’t designed to be manufacturable, maintainable, repairable and upgradeable. We have the capabilities, knowledge, and resources to do all the necessary design, engineering (mechanical, electronics hardware, firmware and software), rapid prototyping, real-world test and evaluation, and small scale manufacturing. We are also big supporters of the Open Source Software and Hardware movements.
As such we seek to utilize modular open hardware and software as much as possible in our designs. There is no sense in wasting resources reinventing the wheel for every new project. Nor is there any need to spend a small fortune on closed, proprietary products that locks you into a single vendor forever. We firmly believe if you can’t open something up and tinker with it, that you don’t really own it. Opting for open source solutions frees us and our clients from having to spend time and money negotiating licensing fees. That means more resources dedicated to making your dream a reality. If so desired, at the end of our design effort we will provide you the specifications, schematics, CAD files, bill of materials (BOM), and software source code for your project. In short, you own your product. We just help you make it a reality.
We use of a wide variety of embedded platforms, sensors, and actuators; we’re not going to sell you single vendor solutions. We have experience in many different applications of embedded systems including building automation, environmental monitoring, unmanned systems, telemetry gathering, wearable computing, and physical computing.
We can also work with you on the business side of a product launch as well. Market surveys, business model development, and pricing models are a few of the work products we can assist in developing and refining.
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“I skate to where the puck is going to be,
not where it has been.”
Michael Parks, PE is the founder of Green Shoe Garage. He has 19 years of experience in solving a wide spectrum of technical and engineering challenges. He also blogs and produces two podcasts; the first (STEAM Power Podcast) highlights interesting news from the worlds of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. The second (Gears of Resistance) focuses on open source initiatives, the maker movement, and the individual’s digital rights