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.
Here is a product review video for HELM by Concept Artist and Designer - Adam Thomas :
3 simple steps to use Helm
Below shows a storyboard illustrating our thinkbot logo as a character returning home from a hard days work to use their Helm drawing board in their home design studio.
What inspired helm? As a product designer it is our job to find ways to improve the world around us. And working as an in house designer my day to day life was to solve problems through creating user friendly solutions for clients, whether that be in form of physical products or improving existing technologies to better suit the user and their needs.
Being a creative in both professional and recreational hours had me searching for better solutions to express and perform my creative process.
RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) is very real and is something that can effect anybody sitting at a desk in a slumped bent over position or in a way that sacrifices their posture for the task they want to complete. I have spent so much time working in different positions at my desk whilst trying to complete design tasks, from cad design on a computer, model making stood up at a work bench or ideation and sketching sat down.
I have always found my posture and position changing when sketching at a desk whilst sat down...
Bent over my paper on the desk, constantly rotating my paper (art board) to gain a better drawing angle, creasing the paper whilst rotating it, smudging my work and that dreaded curl that can appear in the corner of you paper...I decided I needed a solution...an improvement on the fundamental of sketching through fluidity and efficiency, I could not find a drawing board that allowed me to rotate my artboard and in turn my paper without losing sketch control ...and so helm was born.
The worlds first art board which can rotate 360 degrees designed ergonomically at an angle best fit for the user.
Helm has had the pleasure of being featured on some of the following design and blog sites along with being submitted to some of the others for review.
Helm's main art board is designed for an A4 sheet of paper, you can remove the acrylic art board from the main helm base as shown below, to either clean it or swap it out for a larger sized art board. Our stretch goals have us aiming to design larger and smaller art boards for different sheet sizes. The acrylic art board simply snaps onto the main base ready to place your sheet and then rotate straight away.
Below shows images of Helm in situ on a designers desk.
Again showing how Helm will look on a desk for the user.
The images below show parts of the design process with the image below showing some ideation sketches when the project began, finding form and realizing function.
Below shows a rough prototype laser cut from 3mm acrylic pieces, stuck together using a solvent, this was to bring the Cad model from the screen to physical form , to test size and angles.
This image shows one of the prototypes from above.
The model below allowed us to test the rotational functionality and usability.
All edges were tested to ensure the correct dimensions and tolerances would hold the users paper on the art board when it was sat motionless or during actual rotation.
You can see below we have allowed raised edges to hold the paper in place on Helms art board.
The paper is now ready to be rotated securely on the art board.
The clear art board can be removed and swapped for a replacement or a different sized art board whenever the user requires. As standard it holds an A4 sheet, but our stretch goal allows us to produce all other art board sizes to suit the user. It simply clips onto Helm and away you go.
The pledges that you give are very important in us being able to bring Helm to life. The money goes into various areas which we have explained using a simple pie chart (Below). The money will go towards the initial tooling to create the product, the refinement process, first run of the actual product, testing, packaging and shipping.
We have a timeline that you can see here, this illustrates the process and the time it will take for each stage of us bringing Helm to life if we reach our financial goal. We aim to have Helm available for delivery at the beginning of June 2019.
We would also like to thank Mark Gordon for helping provide prototyping materials and facilities alongside Jake Owen for his marketing input.
Risks and challenges
We do not see any risks for the project. Only tooling times may vary.
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