Clutch Labs is (more or less) the alter-ego of Jeff Cesnik and the applied research & development/product design playground of Clutch, Inc - a small professional services company.

If you're looking for the typical BS corporate spiel, you're in the wrong place.

 

We're constantly looking for new problems to solve, because if we don't have problems to solve we start to go f'ing crazy.  Let us solve your problems.

 

We're tenacious to a fault.  We'll bug you to death for feedback.  We will work our assess off for you, if you give us something interesting to do (but you'd better be willing to see it through, because we also don't do anything half-assed).

 

Half-assery is not in our vocabulary.

 

Clutch Labs is (more or less) the alter-ego of Jeff Cesnik and the applied research & development/product design playground of Clutch, Inc - a small professional services company.

We thrive at the intersection of applied science, hardware, firmware, and software - just to the right of impossible.

 

 

Long wave infrared spectroscopy?  Been there, done that.

GPU exploitation systems too.

Custom multi-gigabit encryption systems?  Yawn.  Done that too.

Energy harvesting crypto on a stick?  Yep.

Apple stuff

Device drivers

Vision systems

 

 

Shit we have in-house:

Injection molding

3D printing

CNC milling/turning

Laser welding (thin stuff only)

Laser cutting

PCB Design/Automated assembly

Enviromental testing

 

 

 

 

 

Clutch Labs is a multidisciplinary applied R&D/product development company thriving at the intersection of applied science, hardware, firmware, and software - just to the right of impossible.

Clutch Labs works with various government entities, commercial companies, and startups within the domains of:

  • systems engineering
  • product design/design for manufacturing
  • embedded systems
  • robotics
  • materials science

 

systems engineering, product design/DFM, embedded systems, robotics, sensors, communications, protocols, firmware, software, and materials science.

 

 

 

I work with various government entities, commercial companies, and startups within the domains of systems engineering, product design/design for manufacturing, embedded systems, robotics, microcontrollers, sensors, communications/protocols, firmware, software, and materials science. I have built and shipped product in multiple markets (most under NDA) and have authored/co-authored a handful of patents revolving around novel optical communications channels, authentication, cryptography, and energy harvesting.

I have strong expertise in ARM Cortex microcontrollers (M0/M0+/M3/M4), firmware, USB stacks (HID, CCID, etc), Java Card/Smart Card/Secure Elements, and crypto - to name a few. Fluent in C and highly competent in other languages (C#/C++/Objective-C/Java). I have shipped mobile apps on iOS, and have written USB accessory device interface libraries for Android. I'm very familiar with the Apple MFI program, have developed Apple lightning hardware accessories, and have written embedded IAP/EAP/Native-EAP stacks from scratch.

I am also skilled in the art of CNC machining/turning, laser-cutting/laser-welding, MIG/TIG welding, fabrication, injection molding, and PCB design/automated assembly - and have my own facilities to perform all of the above in-house (within reason).

My most recent projects include the design of optimized GPU vision system hardware for an agricultural robotics startup, and design/delivery of production-ready flight hardware for a Google Ventures backed company.

 

 

 

Applied Invention is a multidisciplinary innovation company of engineers, scientists, and artists with skills in mathematics, physics, biology, electronics, mechanics, systems engineering, software development, and industrial design.

We design and build innovative technology solutions in partnership with leading companies that want to grow and adapt to rapidly changing environments. Working closely with our partners we identify an opportunity, then build and launch a solution where we lead the technology development.

We work best with companies that are:

  • Looking for growth in a space ancillary to, or outside of, their core competencies;
  • Facing disruptive threats where incremental product development alone is inadequate; or
  • Seeking additional entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary skills to complement their specialized industry and technical expertise.

Our relationships are confidential and exclusive. We will only work with one company in each industry.

 

 

Co-founded by Danny Hillis, our leadership consists of technology entrepreneurs that have also served in executive positions in Fortune 500 and startup companies.

Our technical expertise is diverse, ranging from computer vision; big data analytics; machine learning; and high performance computing to biotechnology; medical devices; robotics; autonomy; and systems, mechanical, and electrical engineering. Since 2000, the team’s innovations have resulted in over 1,000 issued patents.

For the past 30 years, our leadership team has worked together to develop solutions for a broad range of industries, including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, computing, healthcare, information services and manufacturing.

In addition, as entrepreneurs, members of our team previously served as founders of several successful technology companies including Applied Minds, Applied Proteomics, Metaweb Technologies, nCube, The Dark Sky Company, and Thinking Machines.

Leveraging our experience at both early stage and mature companies, we work with our partners to solve many of the challenges associated with innovation and technology transfer to market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Native is the neighborhood photography blog of acclaimed New York City-based photographer Saul Bauer. A lifelong New Yorker with a penchant for international travel, Saul’s style is best described as architectural portraiture. He just calls himself a street photographer.

Armed only with his trusty Canon Mark III and a variety of lenses, Saul has earned a place among New York’s most respected photographers.

 

All photos on this site were taken by Shantanu Starick as he has been travelling the world for his latest project, Pixel Trade.