About this project
Meet Infinite M
Infinite M was born from the hassles of constantly requiring charging cables to be plugged and unplugged. We often found ourselves frustrated, looking for a better way, wishing there was a reliable “wireless” way to charge our devices without compromising the flexibility of a portable charger.
Infinite M approaches this problem with a modular design. If you want a back to basics, portable charger, the base battery module is a powerful, 2.1A output-capable, aircraft-grade aluminum clad, high quality 7000mAh unit. It is equipped with four indicator lights that allow simple gauging of battery level so you won’t ever be caught without juice when you need it. What makes it one of a kind, however, is that you can easily expand it by using its docking mechanism with additional modules. Launched together, the first detachable module is a Qi-compatible, triple-coil, wireless charging module. The outer shell is made from the same high quality aluminum while the top plate is made from premium impact-resistant glass. Magnetically snapped on, the wireless charging module is designed to allow hassle-free, on-the-go charging while easily taken off when not needed.
Both the portable charger unit and the wireless charging module can work standalone, as will all future modules designed for the Infinite M. The goal of bringing out the Infinite M is to achieve the vision of having one unified platform that is powerful, yet flexible and portable enough to serve multiple, changing needs of today and tomorrow. Whether you are an on-the-go, professional or hobbyist photographer, constantly mobile businessman, a tech-savvy user, or just about anyone with a need for an external battery for their smart devices, Infinite M ‘s modular system is designed to work with zero tools.
In the works now are additional modules that provide wireless storage, solar charging, as well as a micro projector. TDS aims to change the ubiquitous portable charger into a device that serves as a base for everything else you need while on the go without compromising flexibility nor convenience.
Thank you for your interest in TDS’ new portable concept, the Infinite M! Continue browsing to check out our latest production-ready prototype’s close up shots!
Design & Material
Minimalistic Design Language
Sleek, yet subtle styling that fits into any sort of environment or workplace. The modules follow the same philosophy, keeping a coherent and simple, yet functional design.
Aircraft Grade Aluminum
Infinite M is made from high quality, CNC-milled aircraft grade aluminum. This allows it to be lightweight, yet durable enough for heavy day to day usage.
Impact Resistant Glass
The Infinite M’s wireless module is built with an impact resistant, premium-feeling glass top plate.
4 Stage LED Indicator
4-stage indicator lights to quickly inform you the current battery level.
Combined Wireless Portable Charger
Combined, the Infinite M allows you to charge your phone quickly and wirelessly.
Portable Charger Base
2.1A USB-A fast charging output that allows quick charging for both smartphones and tablets, two times the speed of an Apple 1.0A wall charger. The portable charger base also fast charges itself at up to 2.1A.
Wireless Charging Module
Qi-compatibility allows the vast number of Qi enabled devices to charge. Employing a triple-coil design, Infinite M allows greater placement flexibility for a trouble-free wireless charging experience.
Tier 1 Battery
Our charger utilizes high quality, proven, lithium-ion cells made by a Tier 1 industry powerhouse. A 7000mAh capacity cell is integrated to provide enough power to charge most phones at least two times over* and as a balance between weight and device power needs.
Example: The capacity of an iPhone 6 is 1,810mAh. The Samsung Galaxy S6 has a capacity of 2,550mAh.
*Based on the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 battery values. Realistic conditions differ and depends on the workload, usage, model, and temperature.
- Infinite Expandability
Infinite M was built around the ideology that it was to be flexible enough to adapt to the user’s needs as well as new technology just on the horizon. While battery technology has been slow at evolution, other accessories, notably, wireless charging, storage, and connectivity hasn’t. Our goals led us to develop a system that was easily connected, yet sturdy enough to withstand daily usage. We are shipping Infinite M first with the Qi-compatible wireless charging module. Designed to be used either as an expansion on the base battery charger or standalone with any powered USB port, the triple-coil equipped module is designed to look sleek with its premium materials while providing convenient charging, no messy cables or connectors to worry about.
Simple Attachment Mechanism
Infinite M’s module attachment system is extremely easy to use, yet durable and not prone to accidental detachment. The module is held into place via integrated strong magnets. No tools or assembly required at all.
- Upcoming Modules
TDS has been looking into a wide variety of functionality to bring into the Infinite M’s modular system. Future modules currently being developed on include a wireless storage module, a solar charging module, and a micro-projector module. These are all expected to be ready for the market within five to six months of Infinite M’s launch as we have begun initial prototyping and secured OEMs for some of them already. Here is a preview of modules currently in development.
Keep in mind, these modules aren’t being launched with this campaign. Due to the high costs of manufacturing fully functional prototypes, we have secured OEM ties but will not move onwards with it until this campaign is fully funded (since this is the base platform). These modules have been designed with experience from building the Infinite M units and thus will require much less time to reach a high quality, production ready status.
Wireless Storage Module
Connectable via Wi-Fi Direct or via network sharing (SMB), the module supports a full sized SD card and USB 3.0 port to be used. Standalone usage is currently aimed to provide up to three hours of operational time, currently the exact battery specifications hasn’t been confirmed yet. NFC enabled to allow easy pairing with compatible devices.
Solar Charging Module
For extended trips, the solar charging module will allow you to recharge your own devices or the Infinite M wherever you have direct sunlight. Comprised of multiple high efficiency (20%+) cells, the module aims to supply 2A at 5V (typical USB wall adapter output) without compromising portability. Currently being prototyped with custom cell dimensions and under negotiation with suppliers for increased surface area usage.
Micro Projector Module
While not designed to replicate the experience of a full sized projector, the module allows clear projection in a dark room up to 60” at 720p native resolution and a minimum of 70 lumens. This versatility in a portable package allows for on the go presentations, entertainment, or creative media wherever you are without worrying about weight or power. The integrated battery is being designed to support at least two hours of usage in standalone mode, and over ten hours when attached to the Infinite M. We are currently developing the module to be equipped with short throw capability for convenience as well as being Wi-Fi equipped to eliminate wires. A fully functional prototype is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year. (We do not have a preview for this module yet as the design is still undergoing significant changes, stay tuned though!)
- Modules Roadmap
We are always looking for more ideas and usage scenarios! Please let us know in the comments or via email on what you would like to see in the near future! We'll list the best suggestions and then send out a survey on it!
- Phones that are Compatible Without Qi Receiver Patch
- What We Will Be Providing
- Our Current Progress
TDS understands the anticipation of a product to be delivered accurately and in a timely manner. This is why Infinite M is already at the last stage of development, refinement. We are only a few weeks away from the final production run, therefore there will be no feature creeping, no sudden redesign, and hopefully any last minute critical issues. Our last few prototypes have performed flawlessly and only had minor aesthetic issues to be ironed out. We feel confident in delivering our product on time and in a way that will match if not exceed your expectations. TDS strongly believes in quality, so for the last few weeks we have been consistently working with top tier manufacturers and suppliers in order to secure an economical deal in producing high quality products that can match the standard we’ve set for you. Most if not all of the processes have already been confirmed, meaning there shouldn’t be any surprises. All funds received through Kickstarter will be directly put into the production run’s budget. This includes quality assurance, logistics (shipping worldwide), as well as a new platform for customer service.
The success of this campaign will allow us to start working on fully functional prototypes of future modules as well. As low volume procurement of parts is very costly, we want to make sure our base product is securely launched into production first.
- Our Production Plan
As we integrate the last few fixes and optimizations into Infinite M, we are currently at the last leg of the R&D phase, just shy of sending out the order for the whole batch! Below you can find a timeline on the major milestones we have hit over the last year.
The Team Behind Infinite M
The Teiron Dynamics Studio team is comprised of a group of passionate, Japan's Waseda University graduates together with an engineering team from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This unique bonding stems from the two founder’s shared international high school experience and later parting to Waseda and UIUC. This resulted in a unique culture and design philosophy blending Japanese attention to detail and simplicity with American emphasis on performance and usability. TDS’ direction and marketing is done by the coffee loving founders in Japan while designed in its Champaign studio by talented and sometimes a little over ambitious engineers. Infinite M is not TDS’ first product, but is the first fully functional, market-ready derivative of a more ambitious concept in an even larger product family. Stay tuned for future innovations by TDS!
William Huang (Co-Founder/CEO) – Waseda University (Social Sciences) & Peking University (International Politics)
Michael Wang (Co-Founder/COO) – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Economics)
Wenchiao Su (Executive Assistant) – Waseda University (Liberal Arts)
Shaolei Dai (Lead Mechanical Engineer) – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Civil Engineering)
Dinghao Xie (Mechanical Design Consultant) – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Civil Engineering)
Xiaohan Zhang (Industrial Design Consultant) – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Industrial Design)
Daniel Pan (Logistics Consultant)
Shuang Tian (Production Consultant)
James Nicodemus (Legal Consultant)
Risks and challenges
Many TDS team members are active in funding other cool projects on crowd funding sites, so we know most of the risks! We dislike the waiting period as the initial desire soon dies down as other gadgets roll out, and therefore this campaign is only for the cost of manufacturing and logistics. All the R&D has been completed, prototypes paid for, made, and tested. As with any product, there is always a risk involved in production and later, actual usage. While we have extensively tested our prototypes for countless hours in various environments and workloads, we cannot guarantee the Infinite M to be compatible with every device out there. Infinite M’s portable charger base is designed to be as simple as possible internally to ensure reliability. In practice, it should operate no different than any other portable charger. While we have not found a compatibility issue with popular smartphones and tablets as well as Qi-compatible receivers yet, that does not mean a future device might not have one. The prices we have listed are currently based upon (fairly accurate) estimated figures by our various partners in manufacturing. However, should a sudden price change on materials or components arise within the next few weeks due to unforeseen circumstances, there may be a roll-out delay or in the worst case scenario, a material/component swap depending on what was affected. TDS will continue to notify and update our supporters regardless of the situation and if compromises must be done, we will launch surveys to determine the best course of action. Should this highly unlikely scenario play out, TDS will try to ensure the quality level and features presented here.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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