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.
MASA & MARU
Initially, we designed the foldable plug for C7 type plug with the intent to make the MacBook adapter more compact. But with the overwhelming support of users for the foldable plug, we were inspired to expand on its applications. With that, we started to brainstorm about other designs.
Too Many Devices For Travel?
Excess baggage charges? Excessive baggage charged for your necessary devices is hard to accept. How about a multi-purpose solution?
Following the launch of the foldable plug design on Kickstarter, we wanted to expand the usability and compatibility of the design to many other others products. Lady luck was on our side! MOGICS team approached us to raise the idea about combining the MOGICS power bagel with TOFU’s plug! With MOGICS’ license to work with their patented design, we were able to re-think and re-define the needs of a traveler. For a traveler, the need to power the many devices he has meant that he need a travel adapter, a power strip, also, a USB charger for the phone and a laptop charger as well. Is it possible to design an all-in-one solution? This marks the start of the project.
A TOTAL SOLUTION
As a traveler, it is always a struggle to decide on the essential items to bring given the limited luggage space. To add on, Murphy's law prompts you that you should bring it all.
MARU-TOFU Power Station integrates 4 products that are used frequently by a traveler- The universal adapter, power strip, USB charger ,and laptop charger.
Multi-Socket Universal Adapter
Three travel sockets on the circumference, It accepts UK/EU and US/AU type.
Modular Design Universal Adapter
As a multi-country travel plug, it has more uses and flexibility.
Unlike most travel adapters, TOFU has a modular design which allows users to choose one of the fit plugs. This keeps the plug light and subtle, especially for the domestic user.
Ring Design Power Strip
The unique ring design of the power strip is licensed from MOGICS. It solves the power core as socket heads would not be in conflict with each other and the circular design is much more space saving as compared to a bar type power strip.
With MOGICS patent design, MARU is compatible with 3 AC socket, regardless whether it is the UK/EU or US/AU type. We chose to design with the 3 AC because more devices are replaced by Type-C, and the AC plug has a spacious design to ensure ample space for even bigger AC plugs.
Unbelievable Power Dual Type-C
Within a limited space, MARU offers the 45W + 18W for the dual Type-C. It supports the MacBook Pro 15" and mobile 18W fast charge.
Fit for All Dual USB
We understand that you are equipped with many USB-A devices. MARU as a power station shall provide you with the USB type-A for your needs
We want an elegant design that solves the problem. There are so many aspects to consider for the design. There are many solutions to the same problem and our aim is to uncover the key solution. The optimal design solution should solve problems while not compromising on the form.
With or Without Adapter
When you are not traveling, it is unnecessary to have a heavy adapter. The plug module allows you to enjoy both the compactedness for domestic uses and convenience for international travel uses.
No More Heavy Adapter
Charger's interchangeable plug design guarantees the integrity of the plug structure. Flimsy pins or loose plugs shall become a distant problem!
Automatic Fuse Reset /No need for any Fuse Replacement Fault-tolerance vs Safety
When you are traveling, any charging inconvenience will delay your schedule. In case of emergencies, you will no longer need to find a replacement fuse because MASA will automatically recover and reset its fuse after a few minutes.
Performance VS Size
The two trade-off factors. Despite that, we are still able to achieve a perfect size with all the necessary functions.
Work Easy Charge Easy!
Simple & Subtle Design
Simple design doesn't mean that design is easy. In fact, a simple design demands for critical thinking and higher-level skills. So is it worthwhile to spend so much effort to design for simple things? For us, it is a definite YES.
Incredible Foldable Plugs
When you are on-the-go, the AC plug presents itself as a clumsy, bulky and cumbersome item. with the foldable plug design, you can save on a lot of space without compromising on the power.
Take It Easy
Boarding Soon? Phone and Laptop low on power? With MARU, you can charge all your devices at the same time while you take the moment to enjoy a sip of coffee.
A UNIQUE PORTABLE CHARGER
You can find a portable battery/power bank easily, but MASA will be the most elegant and powerful one you have seen ever!
Dual Type-C Fast Charging
MASA is the smartest charger with dual Type-C . It supports PD for not only mobile phones but also laptop charging at the same time. It is the most powerful charger for all of your Type-C devices.
Fast Charging For Your Mobile
Super Fast Re-charging
Supports Type-C high-speed charging. You can use the MARU charger to recharge quickly or use the Apple original charger for recharging.
Sufficient Backup Power for Your Essential Devices
The capacity of MASA is up to 18000mAh. The ultra-low battery depletion means that your phones and laptops will be sufficiently powered during any power cut. After a one-time re-charge, the energy can be stored for six months for emergency uses or power blackouts
Lithium-ion-cobalt: Its high specific energy makes Li-cobalt a popular choice for mobile phones, laptops, and digital cameras. The battery comprises a cobalt oxide cathode and a graphite carbon anode. The cathode has a layered structure and during discharge, the lithium ions move from the anode to the cathode. The flow reverses during charging.
Compact & Integrated
Within the compacted space and underneath the soft white appearance hides an extraordinarily powerful performance capability. The 18000mAh high-capacity battery, dual Type-C support laptop and mobile phone charging at the same time. Smart IC chip and heat sink help to keep the temperature of the device stable during charging.
Power Protection System
TOFU's multi-layer precision design translates to the multi-tiered protection mechanisms. In addition to the protection of intelligent temperature control and overload overcharge, it prevents short circuit and ensures safety.
Press the start button to start using Wireless Charging. Support iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, Nexus 5/6/7, Galaxy S8 / S8 + / S7 / S7 Edge / S6 edge and Other Devices.
Enjoy Movie With No Mess During Charging
Have your phone died on you when you were watching an exciting movie on your phone? MASA not only supports wireless charging but also serve as a phone stand! It is extremely convenient and smart for you to charge your phone while you watch a movie. Mess cables? You will not need to worry about this awkward situation and enjoy your clutter-free space during traveling.
Free your hands from holding onto the mobile phone during vacations.
REWARDS & TIMELINE
Risks and challenges
Due to the particularly small size of the MARU & MASA, use vary small components and technology to integrate everything to optimise the design.
To minimize the defection rate during mass production upon successful Kickstarter campaign will require high skills and immense patience. We have done the EVT and moving on to the DVT and PVT now. Our team has a very strong background for design for manufacturing. We have the parts sourcing, manufacturing flow and testing procedures well defined. If the demand is high, we will be able to scale production and logistics accordingly.
we may shift the delivery schedule,we just leave some spare time for 2nd trail for each process.