Together with Geeny and McKinsey, Pilotfish developed Dogsens’ to be easy to wear, durable, extremely light and dirt-proof. Pilotfish also developed a smart click-on system to adjust the product to the collar size of any dog.
Pilotfish was able to meet the clients’ fast pace requirements and developed the product during a 100-day sprint. Pilotfish developed the initial product DNA and supported the team during the engineering process. We also oversaw the complete production process, including the development and manufacturing of Dogsens’ playful packaging. Thanks to our experts and trusted partners we were able to build tools and provide real plastic parts in just 4.5 weeks.
Days from concept to production
Weeks to develop the tooling
The purpose of the DNA phase is to understand the user, market, and technology as well as clearly outline the product definition document (PD). In addition, we conduct qualitative user research through user observations and interviews and then develop personas and user cases. Together, the PD and user-based research result in the initial product concept ideas.
ID & UX Design
During the ID phase, we create the product’s appearance and user interaction. We not only make sure that the product is designed to be ergonomically friendly and visually appealing but also keep the production feasibility and cost needs in mind. By working hand in hand with engineers and production managers, we design the product to minimize the risks and costs that may occur during the production phase.
Our team of engineers designs the encasement and all details for production, including draft angles, screw bosses and ribs for assembly. The engineering work is tested with working prototypes and the final deliverables are 3D files and supporting documents ready to start tooling. Pilotfish can also manage the development of the electronics with the support of our team in Taiwan.
Tooling & Production
Pilotfish oversees all tool design and the quality control of the tool production. We diligently work with trial samples until we reach the golden sample, or in other words, the perfect set of finished parts. During the pilot run, small batches of the product are made for end users to test as well as for marketing and promotional purposes and CE/FCC certification. After the pilot run, Pilotfish manages the production of the finished, ready to sell product.
The product is only finished when it’s packaged and ready to be shipped to the final customer. We deliver a fully finished product, including the packaging design and the product manual. We also source the necessary accessories (for example, a suitable charger or cables) and take care of export packaging for sea and air freight.
Behind the scenes
Developed in only 100 days, Dogsens’ process needed to be flawless. Pilotfish’s 18 years of product development experience allowed our team to build Dogsens’ in an incredibly short timeframe without sacrificing quality.