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No. 363: The Master of Innovation prognosticates, Dowling writes it down and DG Sotheby’s techs up (once again)

  Welcome to Friday: You’ve done it, intrepid innovators – the sun sets on another busy workweek and rises on another well-earned weekend. Nicely played. Changeable skies: It’s Dec. 7 out there, a date that will live in infamy, as FDR famously said, and that obviously includes some terrible things done with airplanes. But this date also brings us International Civil Aviation Day, an annual celebration of aviation’s uniquely cooperative history and big-time contributions to…


The good sports at IPS, showing off their light touch

By GREGORY ZELLER // An isosceles triangle of innovation – stretching from Hollywood to Florida to Hauppauge – is bringing a new era of “smart lighting” to sports broadcasting. Long Island’s own Intelligent Product Solutions, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida-based manufacturer Forward Industries, has collaborated with Lighticians Inc. on a project that produced what IPS called the “first [Internet of Things]-connected lighting for live sporting-event broadcasts.” Lighticians, a Los Angeles-based 2014 startup, is…


Beer here: As craft beverages multiply, Island innovates

By GREGORY ZELLER // Drink up, Long Island – it’s beer season. The craft-brewing subculture will be the first to note that every season is beer season, and an autumn-tinged pumpkin ale or a winter stout satisfies just as well as an icy cold IPA at the beach. But with warm weather, barbecues and other summer trappings comes a particular high point in the annual cycle of suds – and on Long Island and elsewhere,…


With ‘smart safe,’ IPS locks up another prestigious win

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s leading product-design firms has added another prestigious award to its bulging trophy case. Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions has earned another International A’ Design Award, granted by the A’ Design Award & Competition organization to promote professional designers and other global innovators. IPS and Solo Technology Holdings – an Internet of Things specialist based in Westchester County – announced Thursday that they’ve earned an International A’ Design Award…


Thanks to IPS’s remote sensor, the well water’s fine

By GREGORY ZELLER // An award-winning digital sensor system is helping clean water flow to rural communities around the globe, thanks in part to the creativity of a top Long Island innovator. A remote well sensor designed and deployed by charity: water, a circa-2006 nonprofit credited with executing more than 28,000 clean-water projects in 26 countries, has earned an International A’ Design Award. A’ Design Award & Competition is an international organization dedicated to promoting…


A decade in, still smarter than your average innovator

By GREGORY ZELLER // Three offices, 80-odd employees and one huge corporate takeover later – not to mention bragging rights on some of the cleverest commercial products in the land – Intelligent Product Solutions has completed its first decade of innovation. The Hauppauge-based product-design specialist with a penchant for the Internet of Things officially marks 10 years this winter, and it does so under the auspices of a new corporate parent: Florida-based global designer/distributor Forward…


IPS acquired by Florida firm, but the love stays here

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s brightest innovators has been acquired by a Florida-based manufacturer with ties to Switzerland, the United Kingdom and eastern Asia. But Intelligent Product Solutions isn’t leaving Long Island, promises Chief Executive Mitch Maiman – and in fact, the merger could prove a boon for the Island economy. Now operating under the banner of global designer/distributor Forward Industries, the product-design specialist is “absolutely” maintaining operations at its Hauppauge headquarters…


No. 268: The New Year (kinda) dawns, Darwin sails again, John Kanas won’t stop and the Islanders are riding the ponies (or vice versa)

Welcome to … wait, what day is it? It’s that haziest week of the year when long weekends, vacations and holiday parties have our bellies full and our minds slightly befuddled. The Innovate Long Island team is taking a few more days to clean up this wrapping paper and prepare for the New Year, so watch for your next regularly scheduled newsletter on Jan. 3. While we’re getting ready, tell us all about it at…


Mobile, VR will top ‘smart’ 2018 tech trends

By MITCH MAIMAN // Technology has become such a pervasive part of our home and work life that for many of us, it’s hard to sort out the fads from the tech with lasting value. This will help: A few tech trends that defined 2017 – and will be developed even further in the coming year. Artificial intelligence and machine learning This area has been greatly hyped and has continued to get more advanced, with…


It’s lights, cameras, innovation for IPS

By GREGORY ZELLER // Overture, curtains, lights: This is it for IPS – a bona fide Hollywood closeup – and, oh, what heights they’ll hit. And the best part is, Intelligent Product Solutions will hit them from ground level, thanks to the Juicer App – an IPS-designed digital tool that allows lighting technicians on motion picture and television sound stages and location shoots to adjust set lighting remotely. For chief lighting technicians – you may…


International design honor for IPS ‘smart bottle’

A “smart pill bottle” designed on Long Island and marketed by a New York City “medication adherence company” has snagged a high-profile international honor. The Internet of Things-enabled AdhereTech Smart Pill Bottle, designed by Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions and NYC-based AdhereTech, has earned a 2016 Good Design Award from Athens, Greece-based Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd. and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. Self-billed as “the world’s most prestigious, recognized, and oldest design awards…


IPS has designs on $155 billion medical market

BY GREGORY ZELLER // Hauppauge maker Intelligent Product Solutions is making its way into a projected $155 billion industry. Just two months after cutting the ribbon on a satellite office in the heart of Minnesota’s busy digital-medicine R&D ecosystem, IPS has launched a new consulting practice focused exclusively on medical product design. Led by Vice President Tim O’Brien, a 25-year medical-product veteran hired in 2016 to head up the Minnesota office, the Minneapolis-based Medical Product…


Arrow’s ACES strengthens IPS’s hand

By GREGORY ZELLER // Holding several ACES, it’s fair to say Intelligent Product Solutions likes the hand it’s been dealt. In the six months since Arrow Electronics named the Hauppauge-based product-design specialist an Arrow Consulting Engineering Services partner, IPS has received 36 product-development leads from 17 different Arrow sales offices in the United States and Canada, and has already been awarded nine new development projects. The nine projects – ranging from design of a tiny…


Back story: How FLI Charge took flight

By GREGORY ZELLER // Mission impossible: a six-week window to prepare a functional but unattractive wireless charging-pad prototype for the glaring spotlight of the nation’s largest consumer-electronics showcase. Impossible, at least, for New York City’s FLI Charge, which wanted to pretty up the charging-pad technology in time for CES 2016, the annual Consumer Electronics Show staged in Las Vegas every January. In November – just a month after FLI Charge became a subsidiary of sometimes-controversial…


Arrow and IPS in partnership deal

Hauppauge innovator Intelligent Product Solutions has come up ACES. The product-design specialist has been selected as an Arrow Consulting Engineering Services partner and will offer its design and consulting expertise to Arrow Electronics customers throughout the Northeast and beyond. Formerly headquartered in Melville, Colorado-based Arrow Electronics – which maintains several Long Island facilities – is a global provider of electronic components and computing solutions. Arrow developed the ACES program over a decade ago to quickly…