JaJa Design Improvements!
In the last few weeks I have personally been working on our AppTag Laser Blaster Kickstarter project – it just has 3 days to run and is 120% funded, there is still time to get yourself one!
My work on AppTag has not slowed JaJa though, since our two design engineers have been working hard to get the JaJa perfect – I hope you like where we have gone with this, the same perfection is being applied to AppTag!
Anyway, here’s what we have been doing!
Feel free to skip to the updated pics below, and come back… I’ll wait… :-)
The internals of the JaJa are tiny<!>, and it has taken a lot of work to get the design and materials just right. After a lot of discussion with our distributors, some backers and the factory we have also made some design changes. Below are the changes we have made and the reasons for them.
Battery life – Our expected battery life is
80-90 hours of use, probably double your mouse battery life! Whack - Take that
Bluetooth! :-) A Pressure Sensitive Bluetooth Stylus would struggle with 15
hours, we deliver 6 times that!
The tip - this has probably been the most difficult thing to get right, in general, other stylus tips are ugly black blobs or have internal components that block the view of the screen or cause skipping when moved across the screen. Our tip is different – the picture only tells part of the story, but it is an elegant, refined solution.
The speaker grill – Now an simple slot with
some metallic mesh to block debris (similar to iPad 1 speaker) - our original design called for 288 x 0.4mm
holes – it looked great, but would halve the battery life, since we needed
double the sound output. Remember our high frequency sound is how your Tablet
knows how hard you press etc. Small holes and sound don’t mix too well.
Battery – We have decided to go with a user replaceable AAA battery, I know some of you might be disappointed with this decision, but many more will applaud it, let me explain: I had many negative comments about my original choice of internal fixed rechargeable battery – many of you wanted battery you could change. The JaJa is designed for an iPad - you want to be mobile! When the battery dies you don’t want to find an outlet – or worse still find a USB port – iPads don’t even have a USB port! A AAA battery allows you to switch battery and just keep drawing! Obviously you can use a AAA rechargeable, but you wont be stuck with a dead stylus.
Styling – what can I say, I hope you like our refinements, I think it looks like a pretty classy technical writing instrument now. It was nice before – but the JaJa is going to be amazing now!
Delivery Date – sorry to say it has slipped a little; we had a couple of delays with materials samples. I’ll confirm more next week when we have the final schedule. It’s looking like 3rd week of May.
Finally – color choice questionnaire, and delivery address – we’ll be doing the color choice questionnaire next week, and the delivery address just prior to delivery – so fear not – we will be getting to that!
Feel free to message me with any queries or problems! Next update will be from the factory!