Excalibur specializes in the creation of new products often starting from only a conceptual description. Excalibur attend to every one of the many technical details and loose ends necessary to complete the design of a product and prepare it for manufacture. This includes not only the development of the product prototype itself, but also the manufacturing documentation, user/design documentation, patent preparation, agency certifications and approvals, testing fixtures, etc. Excalibur can also provide manufacturing assistance, customer fulfillment, support, and RMA services if desired.
For larger projects Excalibur has a wealth of additional resources it can call upon to assure the best and fastest outcome. Most of Excalibur's projects involve microprocessor handheld electronic devices and accessories for the security and healthcare markets. Excalibur was a pioneer in the biometrics industry and has developed dozens of security and storage products using fingerprint sensors and secure embedded designs.
In addition to prototyping and design services, Excalibur also offers assistance with forensic data recovery, patent litigation, security audits, and third party design support.
Communication and Networking
Remotely piloted aircraft applications
Algorithms and Embedded Systems
Monitoring devices and wearable sensors
HIPAA compliance and certification
Document management and interchange
Caregiver management and coordination
Notification and monitoring systems
Patient Compliance monitoring
Excalibur originally specialized in the design and development of BIOS based pre-boot user authentication products and developed the very first pre-boot biometric user authentication application to support fingerprint sensors.
Encryption System Development and Key Management
Trusted Network Devices
Plastic Mold Design
Video and PC BIOS development
Atmel and PIC microprocessor designs
Excalibur typically charges by the hour at rates ranging between $65.00 and $250.00 per hour depending on the tasks and duration of the project. Projects expected to take longer than 60 days and full-time projects are eligible for up to a 50% discount on the hourly rate. Excalibur will provide an estimate for the expected cost of the project for customer approval before work begins. During the course of the project the customer will be notified of any unexpected cost variance before the expense is incurred.
Design creep is a difficult issue to manage in the business of prototyping. It is extremely rare for an inventor to think out every subtle issue of a design or every possible feature in advance when the cost estimates are being computed. It is equally difficult for Excalibur to foresee all of the pitfalls and problems that are not obvious when realizing a new concept or idea for the first time. During the development period new ideas are abundant and not to be ignored. However, the related costs and schedule delays can be significant even when the design changes are small and simple. It is for these reasons that Excalibur cannot offer flat rates on most prototype projects.
Nearly all of our customers are very creative entrepreneurs and most hope for a grand slam hit with the first design. While this does happen from time to time, it is not typical. Excalibur prides itself on getting its designs right the first time but still encourages its customers to be conservative when developing their ideas by taking little steps instead of attempting one big one. Many times a series of experiments are necessary before committing to the actual development or design approach. Rome wasn't built in a day.
Once prototypes are completed Excalibur will provide all of the documentation necessary to take a design to production. Excalibur can offer a quote for the production of the product in the USA or offshore as desired by the customer. Excalibur's assembly and test facility also provides fulfillment and RMA services.
All patents and technology developed by Excalibur for a customer are entirely the customer's property once Excalibur's fees are paid.
Excalibur invoices monthly but typically charges a prepayment immediately when work begins. This is done to cover some of the upfront expenses and (in the case of larger customers) helps to prevent payment delays when the first monthly invoice is generated.
Excalibur hopes it can be of assistance to you and appreciates your business.
Normally Excalibur does not produce any products of its own but when biometrics first became popular in 1997 Excalibur created and manufactured a handful of modular fingerprint reader products that were useful in building more complex security systems. While these products are now obsolete they were the very first of their kind when they were developed. For example, USB flash drives during this period were just 8MB in size and grew to 128MB by the end of the year.
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