Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Body, New Issues

I wanted to take some decent shots of the new Frankenkindle body, so you can see what it looks like when fully assembled.

Front view.  Agatha Christie approves.

 Another front view, 
slightly different angle for dramatic effect (try to contain yourself).

Rear view.

Note that the electronics haven't changed just yet.  This is simply a new package for the same device we've demonstrated earlier.  

This button arrangement worked out beautifully for my sister, but it turns out it doesn't fit on her tray!  She uses a joystick to drive the chair, which stands about 6" high and sits at her right hand.  Her left hand is strapped into a permanent support on the left side of the tray, giving me about 10.5" of useable space on the tray, right in the middle.  This body is just over 18" wide.
I had spent so much time designing the body itself that I didn't consider the available room on her tray. You can't see it, but I'm banging my head on my desk.  Rookie mistake. 

This is what R&D is all about.  Trying to anticipate everything, and then trying to fix what you didn't see coming.  In this case we'll need another body design, but I now have some experience with that so the next one should come much more easily.  The electronics still need to be repackaged as well, so I will try to incorporate that into the next design.  

Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

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