Old News 2000 - 2009

Metaform Designs Waldo Home Health Monitor

November 11, 2009

Industrial designer David Shaw of San Francisco's Metaform Product Development collaborates with Waldo Networks to create the industrial design of the Waldo Health Home Monitor, a revolutionary, low cost telemedicine device designed to help the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases manage their healthcare from home.  The simple to use product features an intuitive touch screen interface, visual alert light, videoconferencing capabilities, collects data from other medical devices like glucose meters, weight scales, and blood pressure monitors, and transfers vital health information to remote care providers.  Traditionally cumbersome and disparate tasks like accessing medical records, researching medical conditions, scheduling appointments, interfacing with doctors, pharmacists, and nurses, and managing medications can all be done in one easy to use, centralized device.  Medical tasks aside, Waldo can also be used as a versatile home entertainment device to play games.


Waldo Networks, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, engages in the development of equipment and systems for home health care and remote monitoring applications and is backed by Texo Ventures, a seed and early stage angel / venture capital firm investing in and building innovative healthcare companies.

Firetide Success and Growth Continues with about US$53 Million Raised

September 30, 2009

Metaform start-up client Firetide, provider of wireless mesh networks designed to operate in unlikely locations — like on public transportation — has raised $8.59 million in a fifth round of venture funding, according to a filing with the SEC. The Los Gatos, Calif. company has now raised about $53 million to date from Coral Capital Management and Menlo Ventures, among others.

Source: VentureBeat

Museum Requests Metaform Design for Permanent Collection

July 15, 2009

The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn, Germany, one of the largest computer museums in the world, has requested Metaform founder, David Shaw's 1991 Electronic Abacus conceptual design project for their permanent computer history exhibition. Curator Dr. Jochen Viehoff wrote: "We are permanently looking for new interesting objects for our computer history exhibition. In this context I have found the design study of the Electronic Printer Abacus, a fascinating bridge from ancient calculating technologies to the digital era."  A new remake of the prototype model is pending approval.

Metaform Designs and Builds Prop for Borland Software

October 24, 2008

​Metaform Product Development helped bring Borland's  "Unlock the Black Box" ad campaign to life by devising and building a one-off, life-sized, functioning tradeshow contest prop that, when unlocked with a winning key by a contestant, lifts up to reveal a Nintendo Wii prize hidden inside.  The Black Box features an ominous pulsating red LED framed in a machined and polished aluminum ring on a mysterious, monolithic slate black cube.  A rotating base animated the cube and added to the theatrics of the contest. The prototype prop was unveiled at a tradeshow in Orlando, Florida and was apparently a big hit drawing crowds of attendees to the Borland booth.

BACtrack Breathalyzer Appears on Discovery Channel's MythBusters TV Show

October 24, 2008

The BACtrack B70 Breathalyzer invented and designed by Metaform Product Development appears on an episode of Discovery Channel's MythBuster's TV show.

BACTrack B70 Recognized by Inc. Magazine

August 26, 2008

The BACTrack B70 Breathalyzer invented and designed by Metaform Product Development tops the list of "Inc. Magazine's 7 New Technology Marvels".  The client and licensee became a 2008 Inc. 5000 fastest growing private U.S. company with 2007 revenue reported at US$2.2 million.  The product is now in worldwide distribution counting Target, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Bevmo, Drugstore.com, and Walmart among its growing list of distributors.

BACTrack Appears on CBS Prime-time Television Show CSI: Miami

December 2007

The BACTRACK Breathalyzer designed by Metaform Product Development makes a prime-time TV appearance in an episode of CSI: Miami.

Metaform's David Shaw Presents at 2007 Oracle OpenWorld Pecha Kucha V. 19

November 13, 2007

Metaform Product Development founder, David Shaw, presents at the Oracle OpenWorld co-hosted Pecha Kucha Night San Francisco held at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Over 500+ attendees were treated to 12 short attention span, 20 images X 20 seconds presentations. Pecha Kucha Night is a place for creatives to meet, network, and show their work in public. Founded in Toyko, Japan, Pecha Kucha Night is now in over 80 cities worldwide.

Two Metaform Design Projects Exhibited at SFO Airport Museums

July 2007 - January 2008

Metaform's Electronic Printer Abacus and Sun Ray 270 projects were selected by the San Francisco International Airport Museums to be in "Prototype to Product," an exhibition featuring thirty different design projects from firms and individuals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. From preliminary sketches and drawings to detailed illustrations, and from basic models and prototypes to finished products, a range of design solutions are presented by a number of designers from an area known as a hotbed of creativity. The exhibition coincides with the IDSA/ICSID International Design Conference held in San Francisco in Oct. 2007.

Metaform Designs and Licenses Breathalyzer Innovation

December 16, 2006

The BACTrack B70 Breathalyzer is launched. BACTRACK features an innovative patent-pending Dual-Flow Air Tube Chamber innovation invented by Metaform's David Shaw and licensed to KHN Solutions for manufacture.

Sun Ray 270 Wins 2006 Good Design Award

December 15, 2006

The Sun Ray 270 Virtual Display Client designed by Metaform Product Development and Sun Microsystems User Centered Design Group was part of a series of products that earned a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum.  The Good Design program was founded in Chicago in 1950 and remains one of the oldest and most important competitions in the world.

Sun Ray 270 Featured in Silicon Valley Industrial Design Exhibition

November 14, 2006 - December 15, 2006

The Sun Ray 270 Virtual Display Client designed by Metaform Product Development and Sun Microsystems User Centered Design Group is exhibited at the Natalie and James Thompson Art gallery in San Jose State University's School of Art and Design.  The exhibition called "Points of View: Experiences in the Industrial Design Profession" featured 6 prominent SJSU alumni.

Sun Ray 270 Wins 2007 CES Innovations Award for Eco-Design

November 8, 2006


The Sun Ray 270 Virtual Display Client designed by Metaform Product Development and Sun Microsystems User Centered Design Group is named as an Honoree in the Eco-Design Category of the 2007 International CES Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Design and Engineering Awards.

(Left to Right) Metaform's David Shaw with Sun Microsystems User Centered Design Group's Chris Frank, Mark Stanton, and Phil Yurkonis.

Sun Ray 270 Flagship Thin Client Released

July 11, 2006


Sun Microsystems releases the Sun Ray 270 Virtual Display Client design in conjunction with Metaform Product Development. The Sun Ray 270 is a RoHS compliant thin client network computing device intended to further proliferate Sun's founding vision: "The Network is the Computer."

David Shaw Included in Book of Up and Coming American Designers

June 16, 2006


Metaform's David Shaw is featured in "Young Designers Americas" a book published by daab GmbH of Cologne, Germany and edited by Carissa Kowalski Dougherty. This 400 page hardcover volume introduces a select group of innovative up and coming Interior and Product Designers on the American continent. It presents 50 top young designers and their products, celebrating the diversity of North, South, and Central American design.

Metaform Client Firetide Among Red Herring's Top 100 Innovators

December 7, 2004


Metaform's start up client Firetide earns prestigious Red Herring Top 100 Innovators Award.  To date Firetide has raised US$18.8 million in its first 2 rounds.

Metaform Becomes Sun Microsystems Vendor for Industrial Design

July 22, 2005


Metaform is honored to be commissioned by Sun Microsystems' award-winning User Centered Design Group as a Contract Service Vendor and ID Lead supporting programs that ensure and champion the quality and design integrity of Sun branded peripheral devices, displays, and network computing products. Metaform will work as an outsourced but integrated component of Sun's in-house product teams and utilize its experience in Asia to manage projects with leading manufacturing suppliers such as Samsung, NEC, Fujitsu, and Quanta..

David Shaw Included in Book of Up and Coming American Designers

October 19, 2005


Metaform founder David Shaw has been selected to be included in an upcoming book by Fusion/teNeues Publishing GmbH called "Young Designers: Americas."  The book will feature about 50 up-and-coming designers from throughout North and South America, and will be published in late Spring or early Summer 2006.

Metaform's David Shaw Presents at IDSA Professional Lecture Series

April 4, 2005


David Shaw presents lecture on industrial design process to Design and Industry (DAI) students as part of the Industrial Designers Society of America's (IDSA) Professional Lecture Series hosted by San Francisco State University.

Metaform Partners with Coxon Group to Develop Drive Enclosures

December 2, 2004


Metaform + Asian manufacturing giant, Coxon Group's Teckon Industrial Division co-develop a line of slim optical and half-height drive ODD and HDD enclosures for the OEM market. Visit www.teckon-tw.com for more information.

Metaform Partners with DualCor

September 1, 2004


Metaform engages in hybrid equity partnership with Silicon Valley start-up DualCor Technologies to develop innovative cPc portable communicator and computing device design concept.

Metaform Partners with StreamWorks and Visits Orvis

April 27, 2004


Metaform partners with StreamWorks to explore and present unique ODM fly fishing products with outdoor sporting goods catalog and retail chain giant Orvis of Manchester, Vermont, USA.

Firetide Continues to Win Awards

December 3, 2003


Metaform start-up client Firetide wins Fall Wi-Fi Planet Conference & Expo Best of Show Award and a host of other industry accolades.

Firetide HotPoint Wins DEMOmobile DEMOgod Award

September 19, 2003


Firetide HotPoint Mesh Router conceptual industrial design created by David Shaw of Metaform Product Development wins the prestigious DEMOgod Award at DEMOmobile 2003 in La Jolla, California.  The demonstration prototype built by Metaform appears in a C|net / ZDNet interview.

Firetide Sees Early Success and Raises US$3.2 million in Series A

October 3, 2003


The company raised US$3.2 million dollars in Series A funding from Menlo Ventures, HMS Ventures, Hawaiian Electric Industries, and individual investors.

CyberVibe Debuts at ANME
July 12, 2003


CyberVibe Varatus designed by Metaform Product Development makes its debut at the Adult Novelty Manufacturers Expo (ANME).

Metaform's David Shaw Guest Lectures at CGU in Taiwan
June 4, 2002


Metaform founder David Shaw presents "Industrial Design: Process, Role, Involvement" lecture to industrial design students at Chang Gung University in Northern Taiwan; a private university established by Taiwan industrialist Wang Yung-ching of The Formosa Plastics Group.

Metaform's David Shaw Presents at SF Asian Art Museum Gala Benefitting CCCC
March 24, 2001


Metaform founder, David Shaw, speaks on role of early creative arts education and honors teacher Ms. Siu Fong Tai for her 30 years of service to the children of San Francisco's Chinatown at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum benefiting the Chinatown Community Children's Center (CCCC). David was an alum from the inaugural year of the CCCC. "Then and Now, Making a Difference" was the theme of CCCC's 3rd Annual Spring Gala Fundraiser. Special guests included San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Actress and Film Director, Joan Chen, San Francisco Police Chief, Fred Lau, and KRON TV Reporter, Vic Lee.

Metaform Projects Selected for Exhibition by SFMoMA Curator
March 14, 2000


SFMoMA curator Aaron Betsky selects Metaform designs for "Vision + Reality" Exhibition.


David Shaw with his former student and SJSU IDSA Chapter's Chris Wilson at Vision to Reality Exhibition.