Rapid Prototyping

From Idea to Manufacturable Prototype

As a product design studio, we take great pride in blending embedded electronics with imaginative physical workmanship. We have the people, knowledge, facilities, and technology to help entrepreneurs around the world quickly transform raw ideas into fully functional prototypes that are ready for manufacturing.

We can perform the design, engineering, and manufacturing of the mechanical and structural components, electronics hardware, firmware, and software of your project. We specialize in rapid prototyping, real-world test and evaluation, custom fabrication, and small-scale manufacturing.  

With every project, we strive to create secure and sustainable products that are also beautiful and easy to use. We have experience with a variety of embedded system applications, including industrial control systems, environmental monitoring, unmanned systems, agricultural projects in developing nations, cutting-edge wearable electronics, and art installations.

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

Green Shoe Garage is helping to pioneer truly open source product development. We are committed to the Maker and Open Source ethos and are big supporters of the Open Source Software and Hardware movements.

We utilize modular open hardware, software, and design tools as much as possible in our work.  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 lock 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 our clients and us from having to spend time and money negotiating licensing fees. That means more resources dedicated to making your dream a reality.  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 a wide variety of embedded platforms, sensors, and actuators; we’re not going to sell you single-vendor solutions. We also encourage clients to, in turn, release their products under open source licenses by showing how open source encourages faster innovation and a greater likelihood of business success more so than proprietary solutions. This is crucial in a world where products are no longer islands unto themselves.

Partners, Not Just Clients

We seek to work alongside clients who share our same “can do” attitude and who also desire to disrupt the status quo. We specialize in collaborating 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.  

Tackling moon shot projects requires great design because we have learned that good design can overcome bad project management, but the greatest project management in the world can never overcome a poor design. We take great care to design practical products that are sophisticated, not complicated because products aren’t worth the paper they are drawn on if they aren’t designed to be manufacturable, maintainable, repairable, and upgradeable.  

We firmly believe in rapid iterative design and thus embrace the counter-intuitive notion that failure is the best teacher, and this 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.

The Entire User Experience

Our work goes beyond silicon, circuit board, and firmware because the user experience doesn’t end with the device itself. The data generated by IoT devices must be securely transmitted and stored in the cloud. Users need simple and elegant ways to analyze the data their devices generate. We can help here as well. Our work across many IoT Cloud providers (e.g., Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and many others) makes us prepared to find the right provider for your specific needs. Our developers are keen on developing smart algorithms that transform raw streams of data into beautiful information visualizations accessible from the web or any smart device.

Getting To Market

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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Primary NAICS Code:
541330 Engineering consulting services

Secondary NAICS Codes:
541420 Industrial design consulting services
541512 Computer systems integration design consulting services
541512 Computer software consulting services or consultants
541512 Computer hardware consulting services or consultants
541512 Systems integration design consulting services, computer
541613 New product development consulting services
711510 Independent technical writers


“I skate to where the puck is going to be,
not where it has been.”
~Wayne Gretzky