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Tri InnovationBy Tri Innovation
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Tri InnovationBy Tri Innovation
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$2,798
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32
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 1 2013 3:04 PM UTC +00:00

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Quick Charging

After charging for one hour, the Tripac has as much energy as an iPad does after a 4 hour charge.
After charging for one hour, the Tripac has as much energy as an iPad does after a 4 hour charge.

Double battery Life

The Tripac doubles the iPad battery capacity giving you more than 20 hours of use.
The Tripac doubles the iPad battery capacity giving you more than 20 hours of use.

Charge other USB devices

Charge other devices using the built in USB out. The original prototype in this photo demonstrates this functionality.
Charge other devices using the built in USB out. The original prototype in this photo demonstrates this functionality.

Incredibly thin

The Tripac was designed to be as thin as possible. At 7 mm you'll hardly notice it at all.
The Tripac was designed to be as thin as possible. At 7 mm you'll hardly notice it at all.

Protect your iPad

The Tripac protects the most vulnerable areas of your iPad. The open areas help maintain the sleek appearance as well as dissipate heat.
The Tripac protects the most vulnerable areas of your iPad. The open areas help maintain the sleek appearance as well as dissipate heat.
Other cases have little or no protection in the most important areas!
Other cases have little or no protection in the most important areas!
The Tripac is compatible with the Smart Cover
The Tripac is compatible with the Smart Cover

Colors

Black (Standard), Blue, Red and Green

Note: Color options will be emailed out after funding.

Technical Specs

Charge time of 1 hour (wall outlet and cigarette lighter)

13000 mAh Battery capacity

27 hour battery life on a 2nd generation iPad

 20 hour battery life on a 3rd/4th generation iPad

Auxiliary USB port allows you to charge a smartphone 6-8 times

The Tripac will change how you interact with your mobile devices. Become a backer today.

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Manufacturing Schedule

So Far: 

  • Created fully functional aluminum prototype
  • Designed and created prototype of final body design
  • Conducted charging test using functional prototype 
  • Began working with partner in China to prepare for manufacturing

October: 

  • Tom will finalize PCB design and begin testing.
  • Andrew will finalize details of design to facilitate manufacture

November 2013

  • Thomas will submit verified PCB design to manufacturer for construction.
  • Andrew will verify design through rapid prototyping and CNC machining.
  • Andrew will submit verified design to manufacturer for construction.

December 2013
  • Thomas will test production batteries for capacity and usability.

January 2014

  • Injection mold tooling will be complete and injection molds will be complete
  • PCB's will be complete
  • Chinese New Year will commence January 31, 2014 and all production stops.

February 2014

  • Chinese New Year will conclude on February 28, 2014 and production will resume.
  • Assembly will begin.

March 2014
  • Tripacs will be shipped to Backers.

History

It always seems that at the worst possible time, our devices die and there is no way to charge them. We wanted to create a product that would address this problem in the iPad. We started out with sketches and drawings.
Tripac concept generation
Tripac concept generation

We then made a prototype of the electronics and a aluminum case to house them. This prototype proved all of our assumptions and was fully functional even if it was bulky.

Prototype 1 with functioning electronics.
Prototype 1 with functioning electronics.
Ipad charging with first Tripac prototype
Ipad charging with first Tripac prototype
iPad charging with first Tripac prototype as well as charging iPhone
iPad charging with first Tripac prototype as well as charging iPhone

Our next step was to iterate designs for the final body until we arrived upon the final Tripac design:

Final prototype of the Tripac
Final prototype of the Tripac

The Tripac was designed with the mobile iPad user in mind. The minimalist design of the case gives it a clean sleek feel, but at the same time it is rugged enough for real life usage and incorporates a removable leg to accommodate for your smart cover. It was designed primarily as a solution for charging difficulties. Once those criteria were met the next highest priority was to make it as small and unobtrusive as possible. This is possible only by employing the latest battery and battery charging technology. In addition our design covers the high stress areas, namely the corners of the iPad, commonly missed by other Case designs.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge we will face is getting the tooling manufactured quickly to prepare for our production run. We are working with manufacturers in China to keep costs as low as possible, but we will have to work hard to make sure everything is lined up before we say go. Another key challenge that we are facing is keeping the Tripac as thin as possible. We are shooting for less that 7mm, but it may require the full 7mm.

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