The three co-founders of Orca, Amir, Jorge, and Kristian, worked in the marine electronics industry for a few years when a simple question surfaced that they couldn't answer. Why do more than 70% of boaters with a dedicated marine navigation system feel the need for mobile applications while planning and navigating at sea?
Armed with feedback from boaters worldwide, Orca decided to team up with BatchOne to build a new navigation system combining the best of traditional marine navigation systems and mobile applications.
With an integrated high-sensitivity GPS, 9-axis IMU, and compass, the Orca Core can fully replace traditional NMEA 2000 GPS and compass units aboard while broadcasting sensor data wirelessly to any smartphone, tablet, or to the Orca Display Kit.
BatchOne was responsible for product specification, selection of core components, the PCB design and development of the electronics, and the integration into the boat's ecosystem using the NMEA2000 standard.
Furthermore, BatchOne took care of the industrial design and mechanical engineering from initial sketches and renderings to production, including the Design for Manufacturing (DFM). Throughout the project, several prototypes were built and jointly tested.
Last but not least, BatchOne helped to find the right manufacturing partner, supported the design for the manufacturing phase, and took care of the entire certification process, including lab tests.
ORCA DISPLAY KIT:
The Orca Display Kit is a 10.1" full-HD outdoor viewable screen and mount with integrated charging. Using a Samsung tablet and RAM® Mounts, the system combines powerful hardware and cellular connectivity with a robust hands-free experience.
The Orca Display Kit is detachable from the mount to be used anywhere on the boat, thanks to the built-in 7600 mAh battery. BatchOne was responsible for developing the sleeve that secures the tablet, the mounting, and the charging solution.
Main tasks included industrial design, UX and mechanical engineering, and building several prototypes for joint testing. Likewise, BatchOne helped to find the right manufacturing partner and supported the Design for the Manufacturing (DFM).
What we worked on
- Product Concept & Requirements
- Systems Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Component Selection
- PCB Design & Development
- User Experience (UX) & Industrial Design
- Mechanical Engineering
- EMV Tests
- Manufacturer & Supplier Sourcing
- Request for Quote
- Design for Manufacturing
- Product Renderings
- Animation for Website & PR material
Who was working on the project
Co-Founder / Industrial Design & User Experience
With more than 20 years of experience, Ferkaran has worked for a diverse range of industries spanning consumer electronics, automotive, home automation and IoT, industrial, lifestyle as well as the medical and music sectors. His work has earned him over 15 international design awards.
Fer is a founder of the Munich-based product strategy and design studio, Phosphor. He has worked in Europe and Asia as an independent design consultant for start-ups, world-renowned design agencies and global corporations.
Asus | Biotronik | BMW | Dell | Deutsche Telekom | Fujitsu-Siemens | Heineken | Huawei Technologies | LG | Moog | Munich Airport | Native Instruments | Siemens | Wella
Co-Founder / Hardware Concept, Sourcing and Manufacturing
More than 25 years of experience in the international electronics industry allow him to quickly and accurately identify future problem areas and make decisions. For many years Richard has been in the top-level management of multinational corporations and can rely on a large network. As a Director in a global design and innovation team, he knows the impact of concept and design decisions on production and the cost structure of products. He is a questioner and leads the complex questions to a solution that is as simple as possible.
He has accompanied many young companies as well as new concepts from established large corporations and can draw on this wealth of experience to come up with new ideas and solutions.
Bircher Reglomat | Dicotec AG | Escatec | Flextronics | STEINEL Solutions AG | Telcosensors
Co-Founder / Mechanical Engineering, Tooling & Production
Mike’s career as a mechanical engineer started 30 years ago. As one of the first freelancers in Germany to use 3D CAD programs, Mike has solved many complex construction, tooling and manufacturing problems for everyone from renowned companies to deep tech startups.
His core strengths are the development of ingenious mechanical solutions and rapid prototypes, as well as matching injection molding tool design and manufacturing support during ramp up.
Audi | Bosch | Gore | Huawei | Jenoptik | Optoflux | Toptica Photonics
Founder & CEO
Niclas has been fascinated with entrepreneurship and technology for all of his life. He started his career in the innovation department of T-Systems MMS where he helped co-found the DTAG spin-off Couchfunk. Later he became an Associate Partner at PULSAR Consulting where he focused on Innovation Management, M&A, Corporate Venturing and Fundraising. He is also the co-founder of rapitag.
After supporting Hardware.co, TechFounders and organizing his own Events for Hardware Startups, he founded BatchOne out of his desire to support founders to bridge the gap from first prototype to mass production. He is also a passionate speaker and mentor at a lot of accelerator programs and conferences.
Couchfunk, Founder | Hardware.co | PULSAR Consulting | rapitag, Founder | TechFounders | T-Systems Multimedia Solutions
Software & Systems Engineering
Georg is well-versed in electrical and software engineering, allying an analytic mind to a strong scientific background. He started his career as product manager in Dresden’s semiconductor industry and has gone on to hold a wide range of positions from development to project lead and sales.
In the last 10 years Georg has led automation and logistics projects, worked on AI and big data analytics, IoT devices, e-mobility, medical algorithms, laboratory diagnostic systems, optical inspection systems and more.
Since 2014, Georg has started three companies: a lithium battery startup, a user interface company and an engineering consultancy.
Roth & Rau | Eldev, Founder | PixFab, Founder
Industrial Design & Mechanical Engineering
Stefan has worked in the USA, Europe and Asia in various companies in the field of ergonomic office furniture, telecommunication hardware and consumer electronics.
With more than 13 years of experience, Stefan has a strong focus on user-centered design research, product and process analysis, design development, pre-engineering and prototyping.
Audi | Huawei | Humanscale | Leica | Steelcase | Teknion | TP-Link | Velvaere Technologies
Jorge Sevillano, CEO & Founder
"BatchOne has been instrumental in enabling Orca to bring a product to market on time with the expected quality. They helped us through the entire process, from specifying our requirements to managing the manufacturer. Their cross-functional team brought together their expertises in electronics, design and mechanics to help us bring to reality our plans. Their strong culture of flexibility and agility has allowed us to adapt to the learnings that we jointly acquired through the journey. They act as if they were your team members and act with a high degree of professionalism, honesty and transparency. I strongly recommend partnering with BatchOne for your hardware projects and challenges."