It started with the question: "Why not just make a bar of air?"The Airbar is a laptop cooling pad that is effective, sleek and functional. Airbar performs better than other cooling pads on the market today. Most importantly the Airbar is a device you want with your laptop and makes sure you not only look cool but stay cool.
We designed a product that is:
The Concept of Laminar Air Flow
We wanted to create a laptop cooling pad that uses a proprietry chamber that takes air from powerful quiet blowers that directs the air into a laminar air flow. Laminar air flow is the process of taking air and directing it through channels that narrow and divide the air to create thin sheets of directed air.
We analyzed our initial CAD designs through air flow testing to achieve our desired cooling affect.
As a result of the air flow analysis, many evolving prototypes were developed to achieve maximization of air flow and efficiency utilizing a negligible amount of power draw through our Micro USB.
The assembly of how the chamber and blowers mount into the Airbar housing was revised from prototype to prototype so that internal structures and fasteners are kept to a minimum thus keeping cost and assembly time down.
We progressed towards the most efficient form and internal chamber to ensure maximum airflow and performance as we headed from cardboard mockups to quality CNC aluminum parts. Aluminum was chosen as our ideal material due to its inherent qualities, strength to weight ratio, and our product's overall appearance.
We have a finished product that is made with high end materials that will last. The Airbar works great and can be taken and used everywhere you go.
The Airbar is designed to fit any 13” and 15” or larger laptops. The Airbar establishes an optimal 12.5 degree work angle for user comfort when placed on any flat surface. When sitting on a couch or other unsupported surface, the Airbar is long enough to rest comfortably on your lap.
Jordan MeyersCreator / Founder of HotPotDesigns / Faculty Associate, ASU, The Design School
I want to personally thank everyone listed below for all their help. This project is a result of working with others who share the passion of creating quality products that are unique. Success or not, I would not trade the experience or knowledge gained working with these individuals for anything.
Stephen Page: Industrial Designer
Dann Dykas: Industrial Designer
Doug Landers: Mechanical Engineer
Matt Carver: Mechanical Engineer
Alex Hey: Electrical Engineer
Aleksander Petrovic: CNC fabricator
Mark Susan: SeaSalt Creative / Video Producer
Risks and challenges
Over the last year we have worked hard to minimize the issues that could pose production problems moving forward. To address these issues, we have met with several potential manufacturers and third party suppliers and made changes per their recommendations. While we are confident in our design, ability, and numbers, we know there will be issues that come up--and look forward to working through them and giving you the play-by-play. At the top of our list of importance is quality. We will not send out a product that looks and feels like it wasn't made to the high standards that all of us adhere to.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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