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Founded in 2005, Atlas Scientific specializes in building laboratory grade sensing equipment for robots, appliances, and industrial control systems. Thousands of Atlas Scientific sensors can be found in a wide range of products and equipment all over the world. From mission-critical military applications to Arduino based university projects Atlas Scientific’s off the shelf product line delivers laboratory grade accuracy to any device imaginable.
The Early Days
Three brothers from the suburbs of New York decided to put their college educations to use and collaborate on a project to build a Koi pond controller. They dove into the project headfirst and accidentally created Atlas Scientific. Here is how it all went down…
Primitive Garage Lab
You’ve got to start somewhere, so we built a small lab inside our garage. We’ve all heard this story a hundred times. But what you haven’t heard is how cold it gets in a garage. Some days, we had to work with coats, scarves, hats, and gloves on. (notice the propane tanks and gas heater, we were always running out of propane)
Our 1st product, the eco-system™ was a controller class, all-weather computer system, which was basically the “brains” for standard-off the shelf components used in water gardens and ponds. At the time, it was a pretty big deal. Too bad nobody cared. So, the eco-system was a failure, but it wasn’t all bad, on January 23, 2007, Atlas Scientific officially became a business!
Groundwater Sensors for NYC
We joined a Robotics meetup group hosted by Google; they put us in touch with the NYC Parks Dept. The city was looking for someone to create a network of 20,000 sensors to monitor stormwater catchment areas in Manhattan. Designing, testing, and installing the sensors took two years to finish. In the end, it was 100% not worth it. We made zero profit (actually -$2,000). ☹
However, we learned a lot about manufacturing.
First Embedded pH Circuit
We ended our stormwater project and began looking for a new one. Sometimes you need to look back to move forward. We decided to revisit the eco-system™. Even though we failed to make a consumer product, some of the technology we invented could still be valuable. We prototyped a series of small pH circuits. They were crude, fragile, and ugly, but they worked, kinda.
First pH Circuit Sold
Obviously, the pH circuit couldn’t be sold in its current state, so we developed an operating system, updated all the components, and revised the PCB. Now we were ready to make small batches of our pH Circuits. Unsure of how to sell our new product, we decided to test the market on eBay, just to see how it does. Two days later, on January 6, 2011, our 1st pH circuit sold to David Moore from Indiana. Thank You, David.
Time to leave the garage lab
By 2012 Atlas Scientific had outgrown its small garage lab. We moved into a decommissioned Pfizer lab run by a bunch of crooks ( This guy’s awful ). However, the new space gave us new manufacturing capabilities, and our product line started to take off.
Department of Defense
In 2015 we began working with the Department of Defense on a new type of it was great .
We got our own building
Although our Pfizer lab was great, it very quickly filled up with tools, industrial machines, staff, and inventory. Before we knew it, it was time to look for a larger space. Luck was on our side, and on August 8, 2017, we moved into an entire building located in Long Island City, NY.