How Arrow, Indiegogo, and Analog Devices Help You Take a Good Idea Farther

You roll it around in your mind. You bounce it off countless walls. And when it finally starts to take shape and reveal itself, that’s when you know it has potential. Potential to drop jaws, open minds, and even change industries. That’s when you know you have a good idea.

Now the question is, “how far can you take it?”

As part of the resources available through Arrow Electronics and Indiegogo, Analog Devices helps solve the real-world challenges found in bridging the physical and digital with technologies that can sense, measure, and connect—especially in the world of the IoT.

Who we are

Analog Devices is a semiconductor company and part of the Fortune 1000. Whether it’s making a call on your smart phone or detecting gravitational waves from colliding black holes, we’ve been collaborating on major innovations that have been ahead of what’s possible for more than 50 years. Here are few examples of how we do that.

Using better technology to grow a better tomato

On the outside, New England-grown tomatoes look much like other tomatoes. But in terms of flavor, they’re rarely the first choice among farmers, chefs, and restaurateurs. So we started the Analog Devices Internet of Tomatoes project—a precision agriculture experiment to figure out whether environmental monitoring could lead to helping farmers harvest tastier, more abundant, and more sustainably grown tomatoes.

By leveraging our technical expertise in sensing, measuring, and interpreting the world around us, and our deep knowledge of the IoT ecosystem, Analog Devices built a complete sensor-to-cloud solution that will empower farmers to make better decisions throughout the growing cycle, ultimately improving quality, economic, and environmental outcomes.

Working with partners to realize ideas that are ahead of what’s possible.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, approximately one million knee and hip replacement surgeries are performed each year in the United States. Typically, knee or hip replacement procedures require realigning the knee or hip by putting a rod down the kneecap or hip and manually eyeballing the alignment with the help of mechanical guides.

OrthAlign®, an innovation leader in medical technology, had an idea to improve the precision and reduce the cost of the procedure. Rather than incorporating camera-based navigation into their solution —which adds significant expense and size to a surgical navigation system—OrthAlign’s design team used Analog Devices iSensor MEMS IMU (inertial measurement unit) to enable an orthopedic surgeon to determine, within seconds, the center-of-rotation of—in the case of a knee replacement—a patient’s femur.

ADI worked closely with OrthAlign to provide solutions that would not only enable their design vision, but get to market quicker, serving surgeons and patients sooner.

OrthAlign garnered praise from customers and the industry (including receiving the prestigious 2015 Frost & Sullivan Innovation Award). More importantly, tens of thousands of cases have been successfully completed, worldwide, using OrthAlign technology, helping to improve outcomes and benefit lives.

Nurturing the spirit of the startup

We know that ideas need fuel— emotional, financial, and entrepreneurial. That’s why we started Analog Garage, a business incubator and idea accelerator to support innovators inside and outside ADI. Our mission is to identify and nurture disruptive technologies, capabilities, and business models. We look for areas we can experiment with today, so that we’ll be ready tomorrow for our customers. It’s also to keep alive the startup spirit that helps us stay ahead of what’s possible. It’s the kind of passion and commitment to advanced research and development we hope you’d appreciate from a partner.

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