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Our Story

 

We first came up with the idea for Nix™ while working with a few interior design friends. They thought that lugging around tote bags filled with paint decks was an unnecessary hassle in the 21st century! We didn’t think it made any sense that you should have to pay hundreds of dollars for a big bulky paint deck system that only worked with one company’s paints.

To make the situation worse, this expensive “solution” was still greatly affected by ambient lighting conditions and human error. We discussed the idea of a product that could solve all of these problems. Everyone we spoke to in the industry thought it was a great idea.

Early drawings and renders of our first prototype.

Another colleague of ours was doing incredible work at a local hospital with burn victims and patients with other severe skin disorders. Her business was to consult with patients and create custom makeup that perfectly blended with the patients’ natural skin tones.

Interestingly enough, at that moment she was actually looking for an accurate and inexpensive color sensor to remove the costly manual color matching routine from the procedure. It would revolutionize her business model while allowing her to help patients from all over the world. We thought this was a noble idea and it inspired us to start full time research and development on the product. There was just one problem: as recent engineering grads we didn’t have the necessary funds to do the project justice.

We decided to apply for a R&D grant to help get the ball rolling. It was a gruelling process as every last detail of our business plan had to be scrutinized by government analysts. After two months of revisions we finally secured the funds! It was a ton of work, but looking back it was worth it just to come out with such a rock solid business plan. The grant allowed us to hire our first employee and begin working on the science of color measurement.

Some of the iterations and prototypes.

Six months after our initial funding, hundreds of Red Bulls, too many man tears, and countless prototypes later, the final Nix prototype was born. After an ultra-successful Kickstarter campaign that helped us fund the production of the first commercial prototype of Nix, we have shipped Nix Pro units to professionals, tech nerds, and designers in over 37 countries world-wide.

 

Awards & Nominations

  • Red Dot Design Award Winner 2017 – Nix Pro Color Sensor
  • Lion’s Lair 2016 business competition (Finalist, First Place Winner)
  • People’s Choice Award, Lion’s Lair 2016
  • Engineering Project of the Year, Innovative Project Category 2016 – The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and Hamilton/Halton Engineering Week Committee
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – Ontario Chamber of Commerce (Finalist, Winner)
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Our Team

 

Nix Sensor Ltd. has a blockbuster core team that combines academic, business, and real-world experience. Our academic qualifications include;

  • B.Eng.Mgt (Mechatronics Engineering & Management);
  • 2x B.Eng.Mgt (Engineering Physics & Management);
  • B.Eng (Engineering Physics: Nano & Micro Devices);
  • B.Eng (Electrical Engineering);
  • B.Eng (Environmental Engineering);
  • B.Sc (Biology);
  • 2x M.A.Sc (Engineering Physics);
  • 2x Ph.D Candidates (Engineering Physics).

Team Profiles

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Matthew Sheridan

CEO, President, Founder


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Mike Bot

Research & Development


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Elaina Principato

Marketing Coordinator

 


Thomas Langille

Test Engineer


Matthew McCutcheon

Sr. Product Specialist

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Marc Directo

Director of Operations


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James Strack

Research & Development


3253

Dixon Paez

Research & Development


Design & Manufacturing Capabilities

Nix Sensor Ltd. has full turnkey design and manufacturing capabilities. We have onsite advanced rapid prototyping capabilities including; SLS & FDM 3D Printing, CNC routing, PCB manufacturing and reflow soldering. Our team also has extensive experience in Hardware, Software, Firmware, Industrial Design, Injection Molding, Packaging and Optimization for manufacturability.