A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
If you missed our Kickstarter, you can now order Memo Box from our website www.tinylogics.com.
Meichen and I (Shan) started this project while studying in Cambridge University five years ago, wanting to solve a problem of my mum not remembering whether she had taken her meds or not.
With the mindset of a hacker, I taught myself to design Memo Box using CAD software. Walking into a factory, I learnt that, making a manufacturable product, was vastly different from the conceptual design and the 3D printing of a prototype. Injection defects such as burs and flow marks and how to avoid them in design were the real challenges of developing a product. We learnt this the hard way. Our first set of tooling was scrapped, as it was just not good enough. The cost for perfecting the product was beyond financial terms. Our delivery to 2014 Kickstarter Campaign backers was delayed for a year. Eventually in 2016, the Reddot award jury validated our efforts with an award - an internationally renowned seal of quality.
Memo Box Mini, is the continuation of the story where we wanted to prove to the Kickstarter community that having faith in a fledging team like us, we can grow to deliver, eventually. The technology, design, quality control, and supply chain resources have all been accumulated from the last campaign. Now, this new campaign, is where we want to thank you and to show you how much we have grown.
P.S. For those design enthusiasts, I've made a short video explaining the design gists of MINI to help you understand why it looks as such!
Risks and challenges
For most hardware projects there are a certain number of obstacles to overcome, however, the good news is, we are not new to this. Learning from valuable (and sometimes painful) experiences over the last two years, we have identified the main risk factors and invested considerable amounts of time to avoid potential setbacks.
One common issue was with complicated injection moulding, which is the main cause of defects. We overcame this by producing the tooling in advance and completing trial runs, including sending pre-production samples to reviewers for honest feedback, so we could discover any material imperfections early, before large-scale production.
Another issue we encountered was the sourcing of reliable suppliers. The development of other Memo Box versions has enabled the building of solid relationships and sourcing of the back-up suppliers.
Lastly, we have minimized logistical issues with delivery--for instance, lost, damaged or delayed packages--by partnering with reliable logistical companies and improving our service systems, which means that we can better communicate with our backers both during and after the campaign.
A final bonus--after backers receive their rewards, the firmware and software will be upgraded in real-time over the air, so the user experiencewill be constantly improving!