Research and development

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From simple internet-based remote controls to sophisticated rule-based controls and advanced big data analytic alert system, Computime excels at developing custom IP that improves the lives of consumers.

Behind every pioneering new product are months of intense research and development. We have invested in R&D centers in California, Cincinnati, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, where our talented engineers develop innovative solutions across a spectrum of intelligent control technologies with a particular focus on the Internet of Things (IoT).

Why bother with R&D?

Put simply with the number of new technologies and platforms coming into the intelligent control space there’s no way a product development and engineering team could have knowledge of them all.  That’s why we task our R&D with evaluating these and working closely with our customer’s to understand their roadmaps and anticipate their needs. When we get to the stage of being requested to do a project not only are we able to offer informed advice about the technological choices available but we’ve got a running start on the development.  Product Development Engineering can take the blocks developed by R&D and, with the benefit of R&D’s previous experience, know where and what the potential pitfalls are.  Success stories abound from our Zigbee platform through WiFi and the world’s smallest Smart Plugs in US, Europe and UK markets, all delivered at breakneck speeds.

We boast a portfolio of patents, with more pending—a testament to our innovative approach to helping our customers. Genuinely useful technology needs to solve problems and improve user experience.  Products need to be intuitively designed, and we are pleased to offer design consultation and UX consulting to ensure products are as user-friendly as they are inventive.

Where is the next generation of products coming from? Our R&D team continue to invest heavily in advanced wireless platforms and state of the art sensor technologies, but we recognize that technology alone doesn’t lead to great products.  We’ve long understood the value of both sensor and system data—not just in providing superior comfort but also through deep learning in performance monitoring, increasingly efficient evolving algorithms, and preventative maintenance.  We have already started applying these next generation insights to provide highly intelligent solutions to home safety and elderly care, but this is just scratching the surface. Learning systems represent the next wave in control technology and Computime is committed to leading the way.

Our R&D team know it is their responsibility to turbo-charge our design and development process with platforms to enable our design team to deliver cutting edge technology solutions to customers faster than anyone else.

Case in Point: Innovations in Batteries & Sensors

Battery & sensor technologies play a key role in the advancement of Internet of Things (IoT) products & platforms. The latest to join the stable? Battery-free RF sensors that will upend the IoT market.

Imagine a tiny, moisture-monitoring ball inside your dryer that pings your phone when clothes are ready – saving energy and time.

Or a sensor that alerts your phone when a bottle of champagne is perfectly chilled so you don’t have to check every 10 minutes?

Customers are not just looking for IoT products but rather smart, useful solutions that add value to their daily routine.

Until now, the seamless integration of IoT products have been plagued by batteries. Batteries pose a few challenges – not only do they need to be changed regularly, but they also contain acids that could compromise food safety.

In its latest innovations, Computime has ditched batteries altogether in favor of tiny sensors that are powered by RF signals converted into electricity via electromagnetic signals. These sensors can stick onto just about anything – wine, laundry, lamps – and easily sync up with customers’ phones and tablets.

The application possibilities are endless. Computime is just getting started.