Innovation Realized

The founders of Motus Design Group witnessed the failure of many truly great ideas during the product development stage and wanted to do something different to see incredible ideas become reality.


Motus Design Group was formed as a unique vision of a Product Design company that empowers entrepreneurs and businesses to develop innovative ideas and bring them from concept to production.


We combine effective project management with multi-disciplinary product development. Quality Function Deployment identifies key goals, areas of risk, and mitigation strategies to ensure the best outcome.

the motus design process







A formulated thought of a novel thing or method to DO something. 


An idea is not good or bad, and contains no inherent value. 


The best ideas have the capacity to unlock value by enabling an innovation to occur.






How can the idea create value for people? Innovation is the bridge between an idea and a product. 


It is the most important, most exciting, and most often overlooked phase of successful product development as many jump straight from idea to implementation.  Innovation is where the specific value proposition of the idea, and the mapping of that value to a detailed engineering feature set, requirements and system architecture takes place.






The devil is in the details.  Implementation is designing and building a product that delivers the Innovation. 


Good implementation requires skilled engineers and designers working as an organized team within a refined, systematic framework to ensure all the details of the design and project are aligned.





Innovation is not accomplished in a bubble. 


Improvement is the process of testing your first implementation in the world and documenting where it can be improved to truly capture the value.





Bring your idea to the people.


Industrialization is the process of bringing the design through to being a manufacturable, certified product that can be sold at a reasonable price point

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quality function deployment: the voice of the client

The most common breakdown of trust in consulting relationships stem from misunderstandings between what the client wants and what the consultant hears.


Quality Function Deployment and Axiomatic Design are systematic approaches that ensure the needs of both our clients and their customers are specifically catalogued and translated into both project scope and design scope.  


Motus uses a product/project planning matrix called a House of Quality (HOQ) that captures the qualitative needs of the client, maps core value functions to achieve those needs, and then maps the core value functions to specific engineering feature sets and technical targets.


The House of Quality is the essential starting point of the design process, and the foundation to a successful design and project.  



Planning our client’s needs with our experts and trusted contractors to stay on budget and on time:

  • Project planning and budgeting

  • Resource management

  • Requirements management

  • Multi tiered, milestone based approach

  • Standalone project management or integration on any level with other design teams

  • Web based PM tools for transparent client communication and updates

  • Risk identification, and specifications. mitigation

  • Progress tracking, reporting and collaboration with remote engineering teams

  • Release and process configuration management development and deployment with SubVersion

mechanical design

Industrial & product design focused on the needs of the end user: 

  • Design research,  conceptualization, user requirements

  • Industrial Design

  • Design for manufacture

  • Simulation, analysis and FEA

  • Stress and strain, transducer design

  • Tightly integrated electronics and mechanical assemblies

  • 3D CAD driven PCB design

  • Design for machining

  • Design for 3d printing

  • Solidworks, Onshape, Simscale

Programming Console
software design

Embedded, mobile and cross platform desktop applications:

  • Embedded/Firmware Development

    • - C / C++ / Assembly

    • Atmel AVR, Microchip dsPIC, Atmel SAM, Nordic ARM, TI ARM, ST ARM, ADI SHARC, 

    • FreeRTOS & custom RTOS

    • Ethernet, USB, SPI, CAN Bus, custom network development

    • Driver development for microprocessor SOC peripherals, external IC modules

    • Wireless: WIFI, ANT+, BLE, GPS

  • Desktop software development

    • Windows: C++ / MFC / Qt / JUCE

    • Mac OS X: C++ / Qt / Objective-C / Cocoa

  • Mobile software development

    • iOS: Objective-C / Cocoa Touch

    • Android: Java / C++

3D Printing
prototype small run manufacturing

Rapid prototyping and small run manufacturing with established in house quality control procedures:

  • 3D printing

  • Quick turn prototype PCBs

  • Prototype procurement and assembly

  • Small run manufacturing

    • Procedures

    • Custom tooling

    • Quality control

  • Testing/verification

    • Bug tracking

    • Hardware changes tracking

    • Physical prototype modification tracking

electronics design

Extensive electrical and electronics design capabilities with decades of combined experience: 

  • Analog and mixed signal design

  • High density, high speed PCB layout.

  • Digital design and PCB layout


  • Low power body wearables

  • Switching power supplies, power electronics

  • System design, power and grounding in low noise mixed signal systems

  • Battery and charging systems

  • Electro-mechanical systems, modelling and control system implementation

  • UL safety compliance

  • Emission and immunity compliance

  • Strain gauge, transducer, and instrumentation design

  • Embedded RF, GPS

  • Low noise analog, mic preamp design, strain gauge instrumentation amplifiers

  • Altium, pads (Powerlogic/PCB),  Scilab, 

  • Integrated 3D PCB placement and layout using Altium and Solidworks

product gallery

Motus is committed to complete transparency on project progress.  Clients are provided regular updates directly or through web-based project management software.  If any issues arise, the expected effect on the budget and timeline are explained so that you can make appropriate decisions in real time.


Our experience demonstrates that the best approach is to enter into a new project in successive phases. As more work is done, understanding of the specific challenges and nuances of the project increases.  Typically, clients enter into contracts with Motus one phase at a time, with milestones, deliverables, and a “checkpoint” gate clearly stated for the phase.  Having milestones and deliverables at the end of each project phase enables updating of project and budgetary scope with the most up to date information, which facilitates client review before deciding to proceed.