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.
No more wire snake nests. No more reverse engineering your own prototypes after a coffee break. Trace each cable easily with the ProtoSwitchBoard. Label each connection. Make it easy to see which wires go between which components.
• 10 labeled sets of jumper headers • 5 male and 5 female jumper headers in each set • Label paper can be switched easily
The ProtoSwitchBoard use business card sized (3.5” x 2”) paper for labeling the connectors. The material is biodegradable and bioactive thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources such as cornstarch.
The ProtoSwitchBoard is all open source. We have shared the 3D design on Thingiverse and all the instructions with drawings etc. on our GitHub page.
Example Project: The Princess Ophelias SisterAlarm
Do you have a sneaky snooping little sister or brother?
You want to keep them out of your room. With the most high-tech solution available. This is a tutorial project for building a noisy motion sensor alarm system.
The SisterAlarm is engaged and disengaged using RFID tags. In its engaged state, any input from the motion sensor will trigger the buzzer to make a loud obnoxious noise to scare away your sibling. Hearing the alarm, you can save your belongings before they are stolen, whacked or eaten (depending on the age of your... problem). In its disengaged state, you can stay in your room safely without triggering the alarm.
Building instructions, photos, and Arduino source code are available on GitHub. If you use ProtoSwitchBoard in your project, we encourage you to write a short intro and take a picture or video of your setup and send it to us (or make a PR on GitHub) and we will share it with the world!
The Innovation Garage, a moonshot by Dualog, was established in 2016 with the purpose of delivering next-generation communications and application platforms for the global shipping industry.
We design and prototype much different software and hardware solutions. Quite often, projects lead to side projects, like the PSB.
Risks and challenges
The Innovation Garage consists of individuals who have been mastering the art of prototyping for many years. We use the ProtoSwitchBoard to make our life easier, now we're sharing it with you.
We aim to mass produce ProtoSwitchBoard in a Scandinavian factory and would need to cover the cost for the mold. If our plan succeeds, the retail price will be ≈$9USD.
Therefore, to decide whether we continue further with this project, we would like to use this platform as a testing ground to see if there is a market for ProtoSwitchBoard.
To remove your risk, we are going to start by 3D printing it from our office before the campaign ends.
You will have one of the first ProtoSwitchBoards ever made. 3D printed in our office in the color of your choice, with the text of your choice (max. 8 letters). We also assemble the board, so you can start using it right out of the box.