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Update #16

Preview of the case design

Last week I ordered new prototype circuit boards with the necessary corrections made.  I'm expecting them to ship any time but haven't heard anything yet.  In the meantime, I've been working on the case design and preparing it for injection molding.  Here's a preview of what I've got so far!  The case will be black ABS with a bead blasted finish, and the buttons will be a softer rubbery material.

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      Creator Seshan on March 17, 2012

      Well, I know I didn't buy this for how It looks, I bought it for what it can do, But I do like the cleaner look better.

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      Creator Keith on March 17, 2012

      I prefer the original button design and feel that the screws should be on the back.
      On the rubber covers for the ports, how are they attached to the case? Do they have small holding straps or do they just come free? I don't want to lose one by accident.
      Also, I agree with the request for some way to add a strap or string to the unit.

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      Creator Martin Weiss on March 16, 2012

      I like the idea of having a slot to attach a strap or string to it.

      I also wonder if the buttons should have a brighter color, so that they'll be easier to see in dimly lit situations — which will be a common scenario for timelapses.

      Thanks for all your hard work; and remember: you cannot make everyone happy, so at least make yourself happy. Make the device that you like to use, and I'm sure we'll also like it.

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      Creator Peter Brophy on March 16, 2012

      Personally I prefer a more industrial design, look and feel...but its difficult to compare the prototype in the video to the 3D version here. Screws on top (black ones?) I thought were a nice touch :)

      But the priority is robustness and maintenance. Aesthetics comes down the list.

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      Creator Ante Vukorepa on March 15, 2012

      My comment wasn't so much about the aesthetics (although i too agree about the prototype's aesthetics being preferable over design shown here), as about usability with gloves, by feel etc. Separate nubs are, IMHO, easier to feel your way around than rockers (regardless of the actual pushbuttons underneath (which, i assume, are the typical SMD kind).

      But if "rocker" is unavoidable for structural integrity's sake... I guess it's okay, as long as it has plenty of tactile clues on it.

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      Creator Matt Riordan on March 15, 2012

      Maybe I'm the only one...but I really don't care how it looks, as long as it works! Just keep on pluggin elijah!

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      Creator Elijah Parker on March 15, 2012

      Oh no, it's not that -- I know what you mean! This is the same solid material all the way through. No coatings or paint on anything.

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      Creator John McCormick on March 15, 2012

      As long as you don't put one of those satin rubberized coatings on it I'm good. That stuff doesn't last. I have a remote control and some computer mice that feel sticky and disgusting as the rubberized coating is deteriorating leaving me to scrape it off to be able to continue using the device.

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      Creator Jordan Silverthorne on March 15, 2012

      +1 for the original design. I'm certainly not trying to discount the work that you've put in for this revision, but I just prefer the original ID more. Either way, its still the guts and functionality that really matter.

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      Creator Charlie Gibson on March 15, 2012

      I like the original picture a lot and agree with Chong

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      Creator Elijah Parker on March 15, 2012

      It's not actual rubber, it will be a medium density TPE, and the buttons are physical, not capacitive. TPE is commonly used in many industrial applications and will not dry out like natural rubber.

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      Creator Richard Visotcky on March 15, 2012

      The use of rubber buttons is a bit concerning to me. I've had far too many devices become unusable as the rubber cracks and peels away. If the button underneath is capacitive instead of physical, it would become a lot harder to make use of the device if the rubber cap peels off.

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      Creator Elijah Parker on March 15, 2012

      Thanks for the feedback everyone! Glad to know this now while it's still being designed!

      So about the main 4-way button -- it's still the same 4 separate buttons beneath it, so a press on each side triggers the button beneath, so it's not actually a rocker button.

      I will need to have it all connected as one piece, since the spaces between would be too thin and fragile otherwise, but I certainly could go back to the original style with the shape of the buttons (though underneath they'll be connected).

      Some of the things I've had to change are simply for moldability. It won't be snapping together -- it will still have screws but I was thinking of putting them on the bottom. But from what I hear, the top might be preferable. Originally I did receive some complaints about the look of the screws on top...so however it ends up, it might not appeal to all. But this is your chance to give your feedback!

      While what matters most is of course functionality, durability and ultimately, what's inside the case, as a fellow photographer, I think most of us agree that aesthetics do matter. I'll post an update with a couple more ideas soon.

      Thanks everyone!

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      Creator Ronald Yara on March 15, 2012

      Agree with the above comment/concern regarding concerns about a rocker switch. Is the design using a proven switch/rubber pad or is the particular shape you came up with unique to this design?

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      Creator bonedaddy.p7 on March 15, 2012

      I like the idea of 4 separate buttons as well. they could all share the same piece of rubber (as many TV remotes use) but I've found that a 4 way rocker like that can be unpredictable in practice. The overall shape of the enclosure looks nice, and I don't mind the two buttons being smaller, but I'd seriously at least try to find a way to give separation to the d-pad buttons. I'd look at how crystalfontz does their d-pad on the CFA735 LCD and do something similar.

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      Creator Shaun Stewart on March 15, 2012

      +1 for the old industrial look and the separate buttons.

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      Creator Gunnar Lindner on March 15, 2012

      +1 for the industrial look and the separate buttons.

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      Creator Marcin W. Dabrowski on March 15, 2012

      +1 to the «industrial look» and separate buttons. And same as Louis, I loved the look with the screws on. But… in reality, what's inside the case is more important. :)

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      Creator Louis on March 15, 2012

      I'm also sorry to say that I liked the way it looked in the video more than is does now (the rendered image).
      The 'industrial look' it had appealed more to me. As did the four independant buttons over the current 'rocker'.
      And also the four screws on top which show in the video looked perfect to me: first of all because it is a 'natural' protector of the screen if the device is lying face-down, secondly it also prevents from pushing buttons unexpectedly in that case and third it made the device look rugged and professional (not a cheap click-top-on-bottom way you see everywhere nowadays).

      Furthermore excellent work so keep that up.

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      Creator Khaleb Sealey on March 15, 2012

      I like it too, turn off the wireframe and see if it gets another chance, the blue lines may be turning a few backers off.

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      Creator Michal Zdunek on March 15, 2012

      I like it the way it is, it's not an Apple "I need to win a fashion contest" device. It is made to work with my Nikon ! Go Elijah

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      Creator Jiro Bosma on March 15, 2012

      Sorry to say but i agree with Chong Pak and Ante Vukorepa. It's more a mp3/toy look now, maybe its because of being a rendering at the time. But i liked the look of the device in the video. And the four way rocker/rubber, i think seperate buttons are give a better feeling.

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      Creator Michael Jackson on March 15, 2012

      +1 on the slot idea.

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      Creator Chong Pak on March 15, 2012

      I have to agree, I think this design makes it look like a generic mp3 player while the original design in the video looked more like an instrument. There was an industrial, machine look to it. This rendering makes me like the product less, sorry to say.

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      Creator Ante Vukorepa on March 14, 2012

      Any chance you'd reconsider the 4-way "rocker" design for separate rubbery nubs? They'd be easier ro replace if the rubbery covers crack (not to mention there's less chance of it cracking in the first place) and, more importantly, 4 separate, distinct nubs are easier to feel and press in the dark, with gloves on etc.

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      Creator Francis Zera on March 14, 2012

      This looks great! Were you able to add in a way to loop a Velcro band through ears or slots such that the device can be easily secured to a tripod leg and not left to dangle by the cord?

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      Creator Elijah Parker on March 14, 2012

      Yes -- I'll have those for all ports as well. They'll actually all be part of the same piece -- I just haven't finished that part yet.

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      Creator Ben Clark on March 14, 2012

      Rubberized plugs for the ports may be a good idea too if you are not already planning such a thing.

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