MOTO Development Group

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MOTO Development Group
Fate Acquired by Cisco Systems
Founded 1991
Founder Gregor Berkowitz, J. Daniell Hebert
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Parent Cisco Systems

MOTO Development Group was a product design and technology development company with headquarters in San Francisco and an office in Hong Kong. It offers complete product development consulting, with services in business strategy, user experience, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, firmware engineering, vendor sourcing and manufacturing oversight in Asia. It also offers industrial design through a partner network.[1]

MOTO was founded in 1991 by Gregor Berkowitz and J. Daniell Hebert.[2]

Cisco Systems announced the acquisition of the company in 2010.[3]

Past Projects[edit]

The firm has contributed to the development of products for many Fortune 500 companies, including Apple Inc., Intel, Logitech, and Microsoft, as well as startups like Pure Digital, Contour, and litl.[4] As with many consulting companies in product development, much of its work is done under confidentiality agreements and can't be disclosed. Some recent public projects include Microsoft's Zune HD, the ContourHD, and the Livescribe Pulse.[5]

MOTO Labs[edit]

In 2007, MOTO launched a website called MOTO Labs, "dedicated to sharing tools and technologies we have developed in our product development consulting practice," [6] that includes links to founder Gregor Berkowitz's monthly column on CNET,[7] and engineering-focused articles and videos.

One series of articles features multi-touch displays, including a side-by-side analysis comparing the resolution and accuracy of four competing touchscreen devices, including the Apple iPhone and the Nexus One.[8][9] To address the "inconsistencies" in their first tests due to using human fingers, they recreated the tests using a robotic finger and expanded the group to include phones from six manufacturers, including Palm and BlackBerry.[10]

Another series explored an interactive blackjack table.[11][12]

Android Media Platform[edit]

In 2007, MOTO introduced the Android Media Platform[5][13] as a family of reference designs that offer a ready-made development platform with an OLED display, OMAP processors, and multi-touch-capable touchscreens.[14]

See also[edit]


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External links[edit]

  • ^ MOTO website, Services page
  • ^ MOTO website, About page Archived April 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  • ^ "Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire MOTO". MarketWatch. 2010-05-18. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  • ^ MOTO website, Portfolio page
  • ^ a b Stevens, Tim (2009-11-06). "MOTO releases AMP MID, the OLED Android 2.0 handheld you didn't even know existed". Engadget. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  • ^ website Archived 2010-04-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  • ^ Gregor Berkowitz CNET page
  • ^ Peters, Mark (2010-01-11). "Smartphone touchscreen test". CES 2010 Report. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  • ^ Ganapati, Priya (2010-03-04). "Finger Fail: Why Most Touchscreens Miss the Point". Wired. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  • ^ Savov, Vladislav (2010-03-24). "MOTO touchscreen comparison recruits robotic implements for heightened precision". Engadget. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  • ^ Eaton, Kit (2009-11-17). "Multitouch Poker: The Future of Casinos?". Fast Company. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  • ^ Takahashi, Dean (2009-11-16). "Moto creates an interactive BlackJack table for high-tech casinos". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  • ^ Merritt, Rick (2009-11-05). "Designer debuts OMAP boards for Android". EE Times. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  • ^ Davies, Chris (2009-11-06). "MOTO Android Media Platform range of OLED tablets announced". SlashGear. Retrieved 2010-04-20.