New Enclosure Design and Prototypes
Hello again Kickstarters!
We want to catch everyone up on an exciting development that has been happening over the weekend.
One of the things that we knew early on was that our first prototype enclosure for our Smart Beacon would need to be updated. Even though the original prototype has served us very well, there were some things that we wanted to improve.
The updates that we were looking for are as follows:
- Screw on lid for greater water resistance (possibly with rubber o-ring)
- Notches along the outside perimeter for easy gripping
- Loops on either end of the bottom of the enclosure for attachments
- Free floating PCB secured by enclosure (no broken posts)
- Use of only the ō brand-mark for quicker recognition with raised lettering
So we had a CAD design commissioned...
Once we were satisfied with all of the updates, we had some new prototypes printed out.
The first thing we did, once we had them in our hands, was to compare the new enclosure to our original prototype. As you can see, the new enclosure is slightly bigger than the original, but not by much. In order to allow for the enclosure to screw on tight, we had to add some thickness to the sidewall.
Then we wanted to make sure that the loops on the bottom of the enclosure for attaching lanyards and bands worked the way we had intended.
First with a lanyard attached:
Then with a band through both half-inch wide loops:
Although we represent two ways in which to use the loops, these are by no means the only possible configurations. It was always our intention to make the enclosure as flexible and universal as possible to allow for many different attachments and applications.
Also, as a matter of perspective, the new enclosure design is almost exactly the same diameter and height of a stack of 4 standard sized poker chips.
We have really enjoyed the clear frosted color as it compliments the printed circuit board and electronics for easy representation of this project. However, we will most likely offer a small selection of colors for you to choose from. We may throw out 5 or 6 possible colors and let the top three, voted by you, be the 3 that we offer.
Finally, we really appreciate the feedback we have had from all of you, our backers. To that end, we would love to get your feedback on this new design. Although this probably represents what the final design will most likely be, there is still room for some possible tweaks and we would love to know you think!
Our deepest gratitude to all of our backers, fans and our team. Thank you!
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