Engineering Design & Technology Innovation

Squid Labs Companies

howtoons Howtoons
Howtoons are cartoons showing kids of all ages "How To" build things. Each illustrated episode is a stand-alone fun adventure accessible to all. Our Howtoons are designed to encourage children to be active participants in discovering the world through Play-that-Matters -- fun, creative, and inventive -- and to rely a lot less on mass-consumable entertainment.
instructables"/ Instructables
The World's Biggest Show and Tell. Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.
makani Makani Power
In 2006, less than two percent of the world's energy consumption was supplied by renewable sources. One reason for this is the relatively high cost of producing renewable energy. Makani Power is seeking to harness high-altitude wind energy to produce energy at an unsubsidized real cost significantly below that of the least expensive coal-fired power plants, the current benchmark of the lowest cost source of power.
monkeylectric Monkeylectric
Monkeylectric is developing revolutionary lighting products for bicycles.
optiopia OptiOpia
OptiOpia's mission is to improve detection, correction and prevention of visual loss due to uncorrected refractive error. To improve vision screening in the US, EU & Japan, we are developing a low cost (~$200), wearable device that measures refractive error and enables accurate prescriptions with low training requirements and fast comfortable service. Hundreds of millions in less developed countries have money but lack access to trained eyecare personnel, for which the testing device substitutes. In addition, we are developing a low cost lens making system that produces prescription lenses. This device will eliminate complex distribution systems by producing all lenses on site, on demand. This device will reduce the need for working capital and training (human capital).
potenco Potenco
Potenco envisions a world powered by Everyone. Our mission is to make clean power universally accessible and immediately useful. As a first step in fulfilling our mission, Potenco developed the PCG, a new approach to human power generation expected to initially spread across the developing world with the XO Laptop. Now, Potenco is working with select partners in developing and industrialized countries to bring additional solutions to market.
squid consulting Squid Consulting
Squid Consulting provides a comprehensive suite of outsourced research and development services for companies that need breakthrough products driven by bold thinking and radical innovation. We are scientists, engineers and designers who develop novel technologies that redefine mature markets and create new ones. Our cross-disciplinary strength provides our clients with a broad market and technical perspective to the innovation and product development process. Squid Consulting started in 2004 as the consulting division of Squid Labs, in 2007 it was spun out as an independant LLC.