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My name is Brett Andler, and I’m a product design engineer currently based in NYC.

Check out a few of my projects below or reach out to hear what I’ve been up to more recently. My email is Firstname.Lastname@gmail.com . You can also call me at 339-225-9899 .

Thanks,

Brett

 

Uji Shower


Goal: Create a shower head with an LED ring that gradually changes from green to red as a users shower gets longer and less energy efficient thereby encouraging users to take shorter, more efficient showers. We’ve calculated that it will only take 7 months for a family of four using this shower head to make back their initial $50 purchase in energy savings. This recovery time is even shorter when installed in commercial showers like those found in dorm rooms across the country where more than four people will use a single shower head in any given day.

Result: This project is still ongoing. For the most up to date information, Contact Me. At present we’ve sold showers and data loggers to schools across the country and are in the middle of a multi-university pilot program tracking average shower time with and without Uji showers. We’ve been featured on NPR, in USA Today, Fast Company Magazine, and more; and have received funding and support from the Department of Energy, Berkley Labs, ASME, and Tufts University among others.

My Role: I’m one of 3 cofounders of Uji Shower working both on the mechanical and business aspects of the project.

 

OXO

Since working with Smart Design I’ve brought several OXO products from concept through to mass production ranging from kitchen gadgets, to cleaning supplies and electric home appliances. While many of them are out on the market, many more are still in development.

Shark

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While at Shark I worked as a mechanical engineer on a wide variety of products including the Shark Rocket vacuum and the full accessories lines for both the Shark Rocket and Rotator vacuum brands.

Bringing these lines from concept to mass production I worked with an interdisciplinary team, regularly interfaced with Chinese manufacturing partners, and conducted ethnographic consumer research and testing.

Pizza ‘N Beer

Nothing goes with beer quite like pizza*

So I decided it would be a fun side project to make a bottle opener that automatically ordered pizza delivery when you cracked your first beer of the night.

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*In an ironic twist I don’t actually like pizza, but figured the project would be fun to build one weekend and just went for it.

 

Nerd Details: Contact me for the full story on how I built it. I hacked a talking bottle opener and replaced the PCB with a particle photon, and connected it to Domino’s AnyWare online order platform.

Nelly Kettle

 
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What is it:

As a frequent tea drinker and Nelly aficionado I used to joke about wanting to create a tea kettle that plays Nelly’s “its getting hot in here”  instead of whistling when the tea got hot. When I was asked to design a normal tea kettle at work I knew I found my opportunity.

More info:

I designed the actual kettle for OXO as a part of an interdisciplinary team at Smart Design. Once we had mass production samples I used one of the extras, modified the PCB and code, hid a speaker where the cord wrap fits, and made my very own Nelly Kettle, indistinguishable from the outside with a normal OXO kettle.

Bose Corporation

While at Bose I spent the majority of my time working on 3 main projects– the Bose Soundlink Air speaker, a usability sled/camera mount, and an innovation lab called Project Meta . Find out more about each project by reading below.

Bose SoundLink Air

What is it: The Bose SoundLink Air system is Bose’s first ever AirPlay enabled speaker meaning its capable of wirelessly playing music from iTunes or an iOS device.

Why its exciting: This is the first time something I had a hand in designing can be found in store shelves across the country. Getting the opportunity to see the fruits of my labor in stores like Best Buy and Target is an inexplicably rewarding experience as an engineer and designer.

My Role: Although I joined the project after its initial conception, I worked for 4 months with an interdisciplinary team of Mechanical, Electrical, and Software engineers, as well as User Experience Designers and Marketers to make the product a reality. Even after I had to stop working full time to return to school I was asked to stay on board part time until the product officially launched (an offer which I gladly accepted).

Usability Sled / Camera Mount

This is a video I made in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of my usability sled. On one side, you can see what a usability moderator would see if they had used a traditional over the shoulder videoing technique while on the other side you’ll see what they see using my device. 

Why Make it: Bose User Experience needed a better way to see how users interacted with a phone and tablet application than a pure screen capture could provide, and also wanted a way to put themselves in their users shoes and see what they saw better than they had been able to using the existing overhead cameras in the usability lab.

What is it: I created a highly flexible usability sled that gave the testers an ability to wirelessly record and view how a user interacted with a screen, remote, or other hand held product from a distance. Its main advantages over existing usability sleds include its ability to work without leaving any residue or markings and its universal and flexible design that allows it to work on phones, tablets, remotes and more without any modification.

My Role: I single handedly designed and built the entire setup, and then actually had the opportunity to run 15 usability tests on a still confidential project using the newly designed equipment.

Project Meta Innovation Lab

 

Goal: Teach the Bose Advanced Development community about Human Centered Design techniques while cross pollinating the Industrial Design, User Experience, and Engineering teams

Result: A 6 week, 30 person innovation lab where teams of designers and engineers conducted ethnographic studies, pitched potential problems to solve, brainstormed solutions, prototyped solutions, and ultimately presented both their solutions and learnings to a team of Managers and Directors. Some of these prototyped solutions are currently under review to become fully funded, independent Bose projects.

My Role: I’d taught a similar (but shorter) course in the past and thought it would be valuable at Bose as well. I sought out 2 managers in my department who helped design it and make it a reality. Together the three of us planned and executed the entire event.