The Latest SmartShape News and Client Updates

May 11, 2017

SmartShape's Design Team to Host May UXPA Cleveland Event: UX Beyond Digital Interfaces

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SmartShape Design welcomes UXPA Cleveland to our creative studio space on Thursday, May 25 for a dynamic discussion on UX Beyond Digital Interfaces, highlighting similarities and differences between digital and physical product design, overlaps between UX and industrial design, and how the industrial design process commonly works. 

The evening will feature a panel presentation led by SmartShape designers, as well as food, beverages and networking.

Additional details, including full speaker line-up, agenda and registration can be found on the UXPA website.

April 24, 2017

SmartShape CEO Mike Maczuzak Selected as a Judge for The Medical Capital Innovation Competition

In a two-day event, held April 25 and 26 at the HIMSS Innovation Center at The Global Center for Health Innovation, 27 teams with the best ideas for using big data to solve critical healthcare challenges will compete for $100,000 in prizes, mentoring and access to industry collaborators and customers to support their work and vision (including SmartShape Design).

Contestants' work will be judged by industry leaders, including representatives from Google Brain — Healthcare, BioEnterprise, The MetroHealth System, University Hospitals, IBM Watson, Onix Networking, Cleveland Clinic Innovations, Viable Synergy, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC, ARcare/KentuckyCare, Sparrow Health Systems, Cleveland State University, Insivia, nuboHEALTH, Youngstown Business Incubator, and SmartShape Design CEO Mike Maczuzak.

Mike will serve as a judge in the open professional team division, critiquing each entry's commercial viability, technical viability and financial viability. 

Interested in learning more? Want to watch the competition unfold? Click here to register.

April 24, 2017

SmartShape Designed FaceShot Kickstarter Campaign Launched


SmartShape client Omni-Wearables recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund product FaceShot, active sunglasses with a built-in docking camera. The product was designed and developed in collaboration with SmartShape Design (industrial design, design for manufacturability, engineering), USA Firmware (hardware development, electrical engineering), and Summit Electronic Manufacturing Services (manufacturing).

Working closely with the Omni-Wearables team, SmartShape’s team of designers completed critical market research, initial design concepts, layout of internal components, CAD design, prototyping, and addressed key design for manufacturability considerations to help take the company’s vision for a sleek yet functional pair of camera-integrated glasses from idea to a product ready for launch.

What makes the FaceShot product particularly unique?

Unlike the fixed-forward facing camera smart glasses that have been around for a while, the design of FaceShot docks the camera to the side, making it obvious to all when the wearer is recording video. This addresses a key complaint made by current market critics who feel the fixed-forward facing cameras built into many existing smart glasses make those around the wearer feel paranoid that they are constantly being recorded.

The camera also has built-in functionality to rotate up and down, offering a wide range of shot angles, unlike other products where the camera remains in one static position.

Want to learn more about the FaceShot product? Interested in supporting Omni-Wearables’ work? Feel like you have to have this product? Click the button below.

April 13, 2017

SmartShape Design Team Members to Lead Innovation Workshop at Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo

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On May 8, SmartShape Director of Engineering and Regulatory Specialist Mark Cartellone, Engineer Greg Weisberg, and Senior Designer and Project Manager Brian Milliff will lead a workshop on innovation at IndustryWeek's Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo, held this year May 8-10 at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland. 

In How to Approach Innovation in a Way That Drives Real Results: The Tools, Techniques and Thought Processes Your Organization Needs to Succeed, SmartShape Design’s team of innovation experts will lead workshop attendees through an innovation adventure, presenting a problem for attendees to solve through a mock creative ideation session. This three-hour interactive session is built to help attendees approach challenges differently, with new ways of thinking about the same old problems. Attendees will be able to go back to their companies and replicate the process shared, for increasingly dynamic and cutting-edge solutions.

Attending the Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo? Sign up for SmartShape's workshop, being held in Room 4 on May 8 from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Once there, tweet us your favorite takeaways: @SmartShapeCLE #MFGTechShow

April 13, 2017

SmartShape CEO Mike Maczuzak Asked to Speak at BIOMEDevice Boston 2017

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After hearing his talk on the Future of Remote Health Monitoring at the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Conference in Cleveland last month, UBM conference staff reached out to SmartShape CEO Mike Maczuzak to see if they could hear the content again—this time at the upcoming BIOMEDevice Boston, an MD&M event being held May 3-4 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Honored to be offered the opportunity, Mike looks forward to sharing his thoughts on the future of remote health monitoring technology, and details about his recent walk across the USA, with BIOMEDevice Boston's audience of engineers, suppliers and executives. 

Attending the conference? Stop by Booth 467 on May 3 at 10:30 a.m. to hear Mike deliver Journey Into The Future: The Road Ahead for Medtech Wearables

Hear something that sticks with you? Tweet your favorite quotes and key takeaways from the talk to us: @SmartShapeCLE #AdvMfgExpo

March 27, 2017

SmartShape Design Team Members to Speak in 3 Sessions at Advanced Design & Manufacturing Conference

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SmartShape Design's team will be present in a big way at this week's Advanced Design & Manufacturing Conference, held at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

During the two-day comprehensive design and manufacturing event, SmartShape CEO Mike Maczuzak, Director of Engineering Mark Cartellone, Engineer Greg Weisberg and Designer Brian Milliff will all take the stage at some point to show off his expertise. 

SmartShape's series of talks begin Wednesday afternoon, with Mark, Greg and Brian's participation in the panel discussion, "Supplying to the Medical Component Market." In this medtech talk, attendees will learn fundamental elements of the medical device design and development process directly from SmartShape Design's team of expert engineers and industrial designers. In this session, SmartShape's team will lead a discussion that gives a simplified overview of comprehensive, end-to-end medical device design and development, including:

  • How to refine a medical device concept
  • Key considerations to explore user needs and critical points of ergonomics and human factors
  • Developing your device with manufacturing in mind

Thursday morning, SmartShape's talks continue with Mike's presentation on "The Future of Wearable Health Monitoring." In this solo session, Mike will share:

  • The current state of wearable health monitoring—where we're at, what works well, and what should be changed
  • The future of wearable health monitoring device design, and the future of wearable health monitoring data
  • What must be done to design for all demographics, with a focus on the issues and challenges elderly individuals commonly face trying to adopt wearable health monitoring solution

More interested in 3D printing than wearable tech? At the same time as Mike's talk, SmartShape Director of Engineering Mark Cartellone retakes the stage, along with representatives from Balance Inc. and Design Central, to discuss "New Technologies in 3D Printing for Medical Devices." The group will focus on identifying the role that 3D printing can play in current and future device development.

We hope to see you at a session! 

Planning to attend? Send us a tweet @SmartShapeCLE during the show featuring your favorite quote from any of these talks, or simply your reaction to the information shared! 

March 13, 2017

SmartShape CEO Mike Maczuzak Participates in Innovative Technology Roundtable Discussion at SXSW 2017

SmartShape CEO Mike Maczuzak was honored to participate in a dynamic SXSW speakers-only round table discussion led by two Georgia Institute of Technology researchers: Professor of Computing and lead Google Glass technician Thad Starner, and Animal-Computer Interaction Lab and BrainLab director Melody Jackson.

Mike, Thad and Melody were three of an approximate 15-person open-forum discussion featuring leading researchers, scientists and medical doctors, all gathered together to talk about shared interest in the current landscape and future of wearable technology and environmental devices.

The group discussed possibilities based on some of Thad and Melody’s work, including:

  • Brain-computer interfaces, such as brain-controlled devices that allow a paralyzed individual to power his or her own wheelchair, or other direct brain interfaces that enable those with severe paralysis, like those suffering from locked-in syndrome, to communicate, become mobile (even play piano!), and seek rehabilitation. This terrific TEDxAtlanta talk shares more.
  • The FIDO Project — a wearable vest technology that enables communication between people, dogs and even dolphins: Fitted with The FIDO Project vest of sensor-based technology, service and other working dogs are able to improve response time and care in a variety of emergency situations. The technology can be used to help animals send text messages, call 911, or even activate pre-recorded messages, such as “My owner needs your help!” Learn more in this article or this video from CBS News.

The event concluded with a call-to-action posed to Mike by Thad, 

“As an industrial designer, I’d like for you to consider how you can take what we’ve discussed here today and apply it to new use cases. What new applications can you find for this kind of technology?”

Mike and the team at SmartShape look forward to discovering ways to apply lessons learned in this round table talk toward impactful innovation. Have a product concept that you think could be relevant? Let’s start a discussion.

March 1, 2017

SmartShape CEO Mike Maczuzak Selected to Speak at SXSW 2017

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We are excited to announce that CEO Mike Maczuzak was recently selected to take part in one of SXSW 2017's dynamic Ignite sessions. 

Mike will join nine others, including representatives from Airbnb and Fidelity Labs, discussing thoughts about the design world in rapid-fire 5-minute talks featuring 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds.

Mike's Ignite talk will share insights and lessons learned about life, business, and wearable technology from his walk across the USA.

Attending SXSW 2017? Hear Mike's talk in person during Ignite SXSW "By Design," on Tuesday, March 14, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Austin Convention Center Room 10AB.

February 27, 2017

CEO Mike Maczuzak and VP of Healthcare Strategy and Technology Paula Timco Attend, Speak at HIMSS Conference

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SmartShape CEO Mike Maczuzak and VP of Healthcare Strategy and Technology Paula Timco, along with representatives from Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and BioEnterprise, recently spoke in shared purpose at HIMSS' 2017 Conference in Orlando, highlighting many of the reasons why Cleveland is the medical innovation capital.

Mike and Paula's portion of the talk showcased the power of partnerships: how technology-driven business and hospital system partnerships, such as major hospital systems like the Cleveland Clinic or MetroHealth partnering with companies like SmartShape or nuboHEALTH, can lead to more collaborative teams, exceptional levels of experience, increased speed-to-market and/or improved end-to-end development. 

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Interested in learning more, connecting to Cleveland: The Medical Capital, or working with our team on medical innovationContact us.

February 27, 2017

SmartShape Marketing Manager Rachel Miller Named One of Northeast Ohio's "Top 25 Under 35 Movers and Shakers"

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SmartShape Marketing Manager Rachel Miller and 24 other young professional civic leaders have recently been named as "movers and shakers" through an annual award program put on by The Cleveland Professional 20/30, an area young professional group. 

Each year, the award recognizes 25 up-and-coming professionals under the age of 35 in the Cleveland area for his or her commitment to work and community. 

At SmartShape, Rachel oversees marketing and PR efforts, developing and executing all strategic communication efforts for our company.

Outside of the office, she is a member of Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2017, serves on her local Toastmasters executive board, and volunteers for Thrive Cleveland, a local positive psychology-driven incubator with a central mission to make Cleveland communities happier. Through Thrive, Rachel helped launched a happiness book club, event and speaker series for Cleveland communities in partnership with Cuyahoga County Public Library system. 

February 21, 2017

SmartShape Designer Pete Whitworth Teaches Wearable Tech to 8th Grade Students at Science Camp

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On February 18, SmartShape industrial designer Pete led a presentation on wearable technology aimed at the young, but brilliant, minds participating in Great Lakes Science Center's current science camp class.. The presentation, held at the Global Center for Health Innovation, covered the following:

  • An introduction to SmartShape Design.
  • An introduction to wearables — what is a wearable and what is it made of?
  • A breakdown/deep dive on the components of a wearable device, including a tear down of the components that make up TempTraq and Everykey products.
  • A brief share on the skills and education required to become an industrial designer, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, UX/UI designer and software developer.

Have a group that would be interested in hearing more on this topic from a member of our team? Contact us.

February 20, 2017

SmartShape CEO Mike Maczuzak Talks Future of Wearables at Health Action Council Annual Conference

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On February 15, SmartShape CEO Mike Maczuzak took the Health Action Council Annual Conference stage to share his thoughts on the future of wearable and remote health monitoring technology. He shared:

  • The history and current landscape of wearable technology.
  • SmartShape's experience designing wearable technology.
  • Mike's own personal use of wearable technology, particularly during his walk across the country.
  • What we can expect in the near future beyond counting steps—key metrics to track.
  • What designers and developers need to keep in mind to develop the wearables of the future.

Interested in bringing Mike's expertise to your next wearable or future technology event? Contact us.

January 18, 2017

Grant Wilson Joins SmartShape as Industrial Design Intern

This month, we welcomed Grant Wilson to our team as our newest industrial design intern!

Grant is a current industrial design major and entrepreneurship minor student from the University of Cincinnati, whose passion for industrial design lies in the breadth work available, which can be explored in so many ways to help shape how the way the world sees products.

Grant would like to eventually use his passion for design, love of working with his hands, and building and innovative problem-solving skills to start his own furniture business with a focus on sustainability in design.

Please join us in welcoming Grant to our team!

January 13, 2017

Brian Milliff and Pete Whitworth Featured on Creative South Podcast

What was Brian Milliff's path to SmartShape Design, and what types of products has he designed since? What led Pete Whitworth to work as a caricature artist in high school, and how did he come to study industrial design in college?

Learn answers to these questions and more, in Brian and Pete's talks with Creative South Podcast's Jason Frostholm.

Take a listen to their episodes now: 

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Pete Whitworth on Creative South Podcast

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December 22, 2016

SmartShape's 2016 Holiday Party Gathers Friends, Family and Colleagues in Festive Celebration

On December 2, SmartShape opened its studio doors to more than 300 of our closest friends, family and professional peers, celebrating the season in style with food, spirits and great conversation.

We hope all who were able to attend had a great time, and wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.

Want a glimpse into our favorite party of the year? Take a look at outtakes from this year's photo booth here.

September 12, 2016

Susan Shockey Joins SmartShape as Industrial Design Intern

This month, we welcome Susan Shockey to the SmartShape team as our newest Industrial Design intern!

A student of the University of Cincinnati's Industrial Design program, Susan will use the skills she’s developed in the classroom, paired with her natural passion for human-centered design and brand development, to assist the SmartShape team with a variety of projects.

We couldn't be more excited to have her on board. Join us in welcoming Susan!

August 8, 2016

SmartShape's Mike Maczuzak Completes Walk Across USA

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SmartShape Design president Mike Maczuzak recently completed the journey of a lifetime to cross a big item off of his bucket list—walking from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean across the United States of America. Maczuzak began the 125-day, more than 3,600-mile journey on March 17, 2016 by dipping his toes in the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island near New York City, and reached Santa Monica Pier where he jumped into the Pacific Ocean on July 20, 2016.

Throughout his journey, Maczuzak retained his role as president of SmartShape Design, remaining in touch with colleagues, clients, friends and family, and took the trip as an opportunity to test a variety of remote health monitoring, fitness tracking and other wearable technology devices , including a few client projects currently in development by his firm.

Mike walked through 15 states along his route, walking from New York to California, hiking up and down the Appalachians from March 28 to April 14 and the Rocky Mountains from June 9 to June 22. He was snowed in mid-June while climbing over the Continental Divide in the Rockies. Some of his favorite parts of the journey were walking along historic canals and emigrant trails, and camping under the bright stars in remote parts of Colorado and Utah.

Mike’s journey began in New York at Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn through to Manhattan where he stopped to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day before continuing on through the following states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California, passing through many cities along the way including Jersey City, Columbus, Indianapolis, Springfield, Denver, Las Vegas, Boonville, Missouri, and Paw Paw, West Virginia. From Las Vegas, he completed the final leg of his route via desert backroads and trails, walking through the southern end of Death Valley near Baker on to Barstow, Adelanto/Victorville, Palmdale, Santa Clarita, Granada Hills, San Fernando, Mission Hills, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, Bel Air and finally Santa Monica near Los Angeles.

In Maczuzak’s backpack? In addition to a rotation of snacks, and layers for all seasons, Mike carried high-tech essentials to keep tabs on both his health and business. These included a Samsung Gear S2 smart watch, Vivanta Care heart rate monitor, Vivanta Care activity tracker, Vivanta Care temperature monitor, Fitbit Flex, Plantronic hands-free talking device, LG hands-free talking device, Anker solar panel, Anker external battery, TempTraq smart thermometer patch and Petzl Reactik headlamp. He also kept his Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smart phone handy, for calls or glances at the path ahead on Google Maps.

On Mike’s feet? Mike relied on New Balance’s Fresh Foam 1080 cushioned running shoe for the entire trip. In total, he went through four pairs of the shoe (at almost 1,000 miles per pair), although he said he should have used another pair or two be cause he wore these pretty thin, to the point of developing holes in the soles of a few pairs.

At the completion of his trip, Mike donated the Thule Chariot stroller he carried extra water and camping supplies in to St. John’s Health Center Child and Family Development Center in Santa Monica , and he plans to donate $1 per mile traveled to the American Heart Association’s Cleveland Heart Walk in honor of the journey. 

About SmartShape Design

SmartShape Design Cleveland-based full-service product development consultancy that specializes in healthcare, consumer, commercial and smart/connected products.SmartShape headquartered in downtown Cleveland Ohio, with a second office at Cleveland's Global Center for Health Innovation and a third office in Shenzen,China. For more information on SmartShape Design, visit www.smartshape.design.

About the Global Center for Health Innovation

The Global Center for Health Innovation is a focal point for healthcare conventions,trade shows,and industry-specific meetings, and is home to more than 30 tenant partners, including SmartShape Design,GE Healthcare, Siemens, Philips, Cisco,Johnson Controls,Forbo, and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) along with Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.

Company Contact

Rachel Miller, Marketing Coordinator, SmartShape Design

rmiller@smartshape.design

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June 13, 2016

Adam Graehling Joins the Team as Summer Mechanical Engineer Intern

Join us as we welcome Adam Graehling to SmartShape as our mechanical engineer intern this summer.

A senior at Miami University majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Adam will use the skills he’s developed in and out of the classroom, including previous work at an aluminum casting factory, to assist our team in a variety of projects over the next few weeks.

Adam’s love for trying new things and helping others be creative makes him a more than welcome addition to our crew. Welcome, Adam! 

June 1, 2016

Joanna Celestina Joins the Team as Summer Industrial Design Intern

This month, we welcome Joanna Celestina to the SmartShape team as our newest Industrial Design intern!

A rising senior from Ohio State University’s Industrial Design program, Joanna will use the skills she’s developed in the classroom and from previous internships to assist our team with projects of all shapes and sizes.

Joanna’s passion for creativity and call to help people through great, ergonomic design makes her a perfect fit with the rest of the SmartShape team. Welcome, Joanna!

May 5, 2016

SmartShape Engineer Greg Weisberg Talks Additive Manufacturing at MAGNET, BioOhio's [M]EDNEXT

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Additive manufacturing methods and 3-D printing might seem like brand new, emerging concepts, but these techniques have been around for decades.

At SmartShape, we leverage additive manufacturing primarily in the development of models and prototypes for a wide vary of clients projects, including parts and pieces for retail cleaning tools and medical devices.

On May 4, SmartShape Engineer Greg Weisberg joined an all-star cast of additive experts, including MAGNET’s Ed Nolan and Dave Pierson, BioOhio’s John F. Lewis Jr., and Priority Designs Jamison Float to discuss the impact of additive manufacturing on product design and development.

His talk covered:

·      Three main areas additive manufacturing is used in product development.

·      The advantages of leveraging additive in manufacturing.

·      Questions, considerations, and regulatory needs designers and engineers should explore before their next additive-based project.

Interested in bringing Greg’s expertise to your next manufacturing or engineering event? Contact us.

February 24, 2016

Timothy Trobenter Joins the SmartShape Team as Biomedical Research Intern

The SmartShape team is happy to announce the addition of Timothy Trobenter to our current intern roster.

A senior at John Carroll University studying Biochemistry and Cell & Molecular Biology, Tim’s expertise provides unique perspective in the office, bringing with him valuable insights that can be put to good use toward SmartShape projects for the healthcare industry and beyond.

Tim’s desire to help unearth discoveries that can positively impact the lives of individuals or the world falls in line with the rest of the team’s daily pursuits, and makes him a perfect fit to support on current and future product development projects.

Welcome to the team, Tim!

February 24, 2016

Daniel Volpe Joins SmartShape Team as Research Intern

We’re pleased to announce the addition of Daniel Volpe to the SmartShape team in the role of Research Intern.

A senior at John Carroll University studying Chemistry and Physics, Daniel’s ability to use math and problem-solving skills to tackle complex issues, paired with his natural drive for successful outcomes, makes him a welcome asset in product development projects.  

Welcome to the team, Dan!

January 19, 2016

Greg Weisberg Joins the SmartShape Team as Mechanical Engineer

The SmartShape team is thrilled to announce the addition of Greg Weisberg to our team of outstanding mechanical engineers. Greg comes to us with more than 4 years of medical product development experience and expertise in manufacturing process and design, as well as strengths in project and team management.

We know Greg’s natural drive to solve challenging problems with elegant solutions will serve him and our team well in developing the best concepts for our current and future clients. Welcome to the team, Greg!

January 15, 2016

Austin Youngblood is SmartShape’s Newest Design Intern

We’re excited to announce the start of our newest industrial design intern, Austin Youngblood!

A current sophomore Industrial Design student from the University of Cincinnati, Austin will use the skills he’s developing in the classroom to assist our team in carrying out multiple stages of the design process, all the while sharing his unique design perspective.

Austin has a natural curiosity for how things work, as well as an intrinsic drive to make beautiful, functional products—traits that make him a natural fit for the industrial design industry, and a welcome addition to the SmartShape team!

December 14, 2015

Holiday Happy Hour 2015 Joins SmartShape Family, Friends, and Professional Peers in Holiday Cheer

Last Friday, around 400 of our closest family, friends and professional peers walked through our big orange doors to help us celebrate the season in style—thank you.

We hope you had a wonderful time, and that the rest of the season brings you and yours a whole host of things to smile about! 

Happy Holidays from all of us at SmartShape Design.

October 19, 2015

SmartShape President Mike Maczuzak to Talk Wearables at BioOhio Bioscience Conference

We live in an increasingly tech-connected world, powered by smart devices. These assets help us do everything from checking our email faster to keeping critical tabs on our health and wellness in real-time.

At SmartShape, we create smart devices that help you monitor some of life’s most important facts and figures, and we see wearables and connected technology as the future—they’ll be with us everywhere we go.

On Monday, October 26, SmartShape President Mike Maczuzak will join a panel of experts discussing the current success and future of wearables, specifically for healthcare, at BioOhio’s annual bioscience conference, held at The Global Center for Health Innovation.

Mike’s portion of the panel will cover two main areas:

  1. How wearables are currently being used mostly by millennials and tech-savvy consumers to monitor various health conditions.
  2. The need to develop tech-based health monitoring solutions that are able to be understood and used by elderly populations, an audience with a great need for these type of devices, but that historically lack the tech-savvy skillsets required to operate them.

He’ll discuss the big challenges and opportunities these dynamics create when it comes to creating healthcare wearables for today and tomorrow as he joins the stage with Blue Spark Technologies (the makers of TempTraq) President John Gannon and Pulmonary Apps Founder and CEO Kevin Trice, MD.

If you’re interested in the future of healthcare and technology, this is a conversation you will not want to miss.

September 14, 2015

SmartShape's Design Team Traveled to Seattle Last Month for IDSA Conference

Last month, Brian, Scott and Pete went out west, meeting fellow designers, educators, students and business leaders in Seattle for the IDSA International Conference.

From August 19 to August 22, our guys took part in discussing the future of design with industry friends and peers, all the while taking in the sights of an amazing city.

They sat in on talks covering a wide range of hot topics in the design world right now, including:

  • Design ethics and morality in a world of smart technology takeover.
  • How sensors and circuits impact our interaction with phones or alternative call technology.
  • What designers need to keep in mind for the end user related to the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Design and design thinking as key assets during development of corporate strategy, helping clients leverage tools that drive innovative efforts for increased prosperity and business longevity.
  • The history of design as we know it, in celebration of IDSA’s 50th year.

Outside of main conference sessions, they also toured some of the best local design shops (thanks again for opening your doors, Tactile, Artefact Group and Teague!), and left feeling both inspired and energized to continue producing really great design work back home.

With so much important discussion and fun packed into just a few days’ time, we already can’t wait until next year’s conference begins!

September 14, 2015

SmartShape President Mike Maczuzak to Speak This Friday at Disrupted Healthcare Conference



More than ever before, disruptive technologies are revolutionizing how the healthcare industry and beyond conduct business.

From management of overhead to completion of even the smallest daily job tasks, it’s a critical time to re-envision how your business can leverage new technology-fueled assets to consolidate systems, and deliver more effective processes and greater value to the clientele you serve.

At SmartShape, we recognize this need for change, collaborating with businesses each day to develop products with meaning for each and every end user and business bottom line. Through our work, we’ve seen firsthand how disruptive technology can eliminate core customer pain points head on—which is what has us so excited to be a part of Disrupted. The Business of Healthcare.

At Disrupted, Mike will join other national, regional and local healthcare industry change activists and innovation ambassadors to share the latest in healthcare tech.

Mike will dive deep into how variances in end user height and weight, physical abilities and overall familiarity with technology can present design opportunities to create products that help your business provide improved services and touch more lives.

This one-day only conference happens this Friday, September 18 at the Global Center for Heath Innovation. You will not want to miss these critical conversations — learn more about Disrupted, including how to register, at disrupted.healthcare.

September 11, 2015

Fall Intern

A new intern has been added to our design team at SmartShape. Adam is currently a 3rd year at the University of Cincinnati DAAP and, is eager to apply his skills to new and exciting projects developing here in the studio. With a solid foundation in ID and the graphic arts, his experience is well-rounded.

August 24, 2015

Rachel Miller joins the team as SmartShape's Marketing Coordinator

We're excited to announce that Rachel Miller has joined the SmartShape team as its first-ever Marketing Coordinator!

A graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Rachel first gained real-world experience in marketing, communications and leadership through participation in 11 internships and involvement in more than 5 student organizations throughout her high school and college years. These experiences include serving as president of Ohio University's student-run record label and determining market opportunities for Heinz North America (now The Kraft Heinz Company) products and brands.

Prior to joining SmartShape, Rachel spent three and a half years working alongside some of the greatest marketing minds in Cleveland as a consultant at inbound marketing agency PR 20/20, helping a wide variety of clients get found online through digital marketing best practices.

Now, Rachel will use everything she's learned over the years to help share SmartShape's story with the world.

Outside of the office, Rachel currently serves on the executive board of her local Toastmasters club as VP of PR, volunteers at Cleveland Yoga Uptown and is a member of the core leadership team for an organization called Thrive Cleveland, which specializes in creating community happiness experiences rooted in positive psychology best practices.

June 12, 2015

SmartShape on Vimeo

SmartShape news clips, product animations and more are available on Vimeo! As we continue to build our video library, check back from time to time to see what's new and available for sharing!

June 2, 2015

Naked Cooler

Recently launched on Kickstarter, the Naked Cooler is a reinvention of a poolside classic. With four windows, a removable cup holder and ice bin, the Naked Cooler is a "must have" for summer 2015. Check out their page and consider adding one to your backyard or beach near you!

May 11, 2015

Design Intern

Summer is in the air and our new industrial design co-op, Aaron Ringel has recently started at SmartShape. A University of Cincinnati Design student; Aaron is a rising senior eager to apply his skills at a design consultancy. His strong desire to help people, and improve the world around him is the primary reason he became a designer. Everyone here at SmartShape is excited and just as eager to have him on board!

May 21, 2015

Mike Maczuzak Talks Human Variability at ChinaPlas 2015

SmartShape President Mike Maczuzak will be speaking during ChinaPlas 2015 Medical Plastics Conference. Human variability will be the focus of Mike's discussion with an emphasis on understanding patient ergonomics in the medical design sector. At SmartShape, we are especially partial to this topic as we understand it is vital to the patient's care and experience. Human variability is accounted for to some degree, but we believe there is an opportunity to serve more.

April 30, 2015

SmartShape to Host MedDevCLE

Come join your friends, colleagues and lots of other smart engineers you haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet over food, beer and enlightened conversation at the 2nd MedDevCLE Meetup, Thursday April 30th 6-9pm. The evening will feature a panel discussion on wearable medical devices.The cover charge is $8.20 and will get you food, drinks and a great evening of programming.

April 27, 2015

Mike Macuzak to Speak at HFES Symposium

SmartShape President Mike Maczuzak will be a presenter at the 2015 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Improving the Outcomes to be held April 26-29. The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's annual symposium will offer cutting-edge presentations and information on emerging issues in health-care human factors and challenges facing us in the near future. Mike will be discussing human variability and how we as designers can strive to develop products that accommodate more people.

April 22, 2015

New Addition

We're excited to announce that Sara Shipley will be joining our design team as a versatile Industrial Designer. She has a passion for problem solving and all things that go woof, purr, or... (what noise does a rabbit make?). As a 2011 Cleveland Institute of Art graduate, Sara will make a great addition to SmartShape Design, utilizing her expertise she has built in her career over the years.

April 22, 2015

Farewell

Over the past few months our spring intern, Codee Adams proved to be a great asset for SmartShape Design. It will be bittersweet when he returns to school at the Cincinnati School of Design in May. A team player, Codee worked on many client projects and was able to see a product go from an initial concept sketch to a finished prototype. SmartShape wishes him the best of luck in his Senior year while, we and local coffee bar; Pour will miss him greatly.

March 8, 2015

Alchemy + SSD

Over the past couple of months, Denver based company; Alchemy Bicycles collaborated with SmartShape on a new carbon mountain bike frame. The innovative build and molding process advanced the mountain 29er hard-tail to win "Best in Carbon Construction" at the 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS). See more photos and details on Alchemy's facebook.

December 9, 2014

CNBC Feature

We are excited to share our feature story from CNBC today, discussing Cleveland's continued revitalization and growth in the medical sector. SmartShape founder and president, Mike Maczuzak, talks about SmartShape's history and the medical industry's part in our continued growth.

Check out the story online at CNBC

October 31, 2014

SmartShape Designs Halloween Surprise for Local Boy

Liam Waldron is many things: a five year old boy, a bone cancer fighter, and a car fanatic. 

His choice ride? A Honda Odyssey minivan with built-in vacuum cleaner, a feature that puts the vehicle head and shoulders above the rest in little Liam's eyes. 

In the spirit of Halloween, friends of Liam's family at SmartShape went to work on a special project to give Liam his dream car 11 years before his driver's license, a fully functional child-size Odyssey. 

It took the team less than 3 weeks to sketch out the proportions and build the Liam-sized vehicle from electric car parts and urethane foam cut, sanded, shaped and painted into the minivan's signature look. And, yes, it came with a fully functional vacuum cleaner.

"If we could make him smile and have a good time on Halloween and anytime he wakes up and looks at that thing and it makes him happy, that really makes us happy," SmartShape president Mike Maczuzak said.

Learn more about Liam's ride and see it's unveil to the family in this WKYC story.

Liam Waldron SmartShape custom car

Liam Waldron SmartShape custom car

September 24, 2014

Fall Intern

With the arrival of the new season came a new face at SmartShape design. Industrial design intern Julianna will be embarking on her Junior year at the Cincinnati School of Design. She first visited SmartShape during an IDSA studio tour event and is now excited to have the opportunity to work on client projects she'll see move to market. SmartShape is glad to have Julianna as part of the team and is looking forward to her fresh outlook on design!

September 24, 2014

Nortech Award Winner

SmartShape attended Nortech's Unconference awards ceremony and was announced winner in the Most Innovative Technology Team category! Many thanks to our collaborators, Imperial Tools and LogiSync!

September 23, 2014

The New SmartShapeDesign.com

We are excited to launch our new site, added features and content. Come back regularly for new features and updates as we transition through this exciting time!

July 1, 2014

iManifold is an IDEA Award Finalist

We are excited to announce that Stride Tool's revolutionary iManifold has been selected as an IDEA award finalist. This competition recognizes outstanding and innovative design in multiple categories. SmartShape is proud to have been a part of this development process and continue collaboration with Stride Tool.