So the results are in and we now have a winning concept and winning features ready to share
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Now we can dig into the post!
Let’s have a quick recap. In the previous design post, we presented three product-ideas: Powerhouse, Workhorse and Better-Up.
With these concepts came several questions to gain deeper understanding not only of which concept was the overall best, but also all the reasons behind it. This is something very important for us to understand, in order to have a clear focus on what to prioritize, and what to invest in during product development. In fact, there will be many occasions in which we will have to choose one detail over another, and all the knowledge we can get to help us make those decisions is extremely valuable.
The survey results and the comments have been great, and among the three concepts we had one solid winner: WORKHORSE.
In this concept, we presented a very functional look, focusing on a very practical approach to features and details. Here’s a reminder of all the parts and features:
It is important to underline that in this design there are some features that did not match the community’s preferences, and the poll results showed it. In particular, when asking about the fingerprint reader and volume buttons it became clear that some changes are required to perfect Workhorse. The fingerprint reader should be integrated in the power button again, and a volume rocker is better instead of two separate buttons for up and down.
In the following days, we will keep digging through your comments to make sure we are not missing any must-haves, not only from Workhorse but also from the other two concepts. As seen during the development of the original V and Spectrum, features from other concepts can be implemented to create the best product in the end.
The main task at the moment is fit all the parts together in the right spot to make things function, while also guaranteeing a great final look of the product. For instance, having ports at the bottom as was popular in the Workhorse design will probably require the main circuit board to be at the bottom of the device. But because this is also where the kickstand goes, it can increase the overall thickness of the our new V. But that is just of the many challenges we are facing, which is why we’re exploring different internal layouts to find the sweet spot.
Now, the key focus is to actively push our partners and suppliers. We need to carefully investigate what is possible, what is not, and where compromises might be needed. After all, we cannot solve this 3D puzzle if we don’t have all the pieces, or if some of the pieces have the wrong shape!
We’ve seen some replies from community members who have made their own 3D files to try and work these things out. You guys are amazing!
Because we want to encourage you to keep sharing your layout ideas for the internals, we’ve decided to make available some of the so-called ‘stacks’ we received for review from our engineering team. These are preliminary models of possible internal layouts, that serve as conversation starters as we work with them to fit our views for functionality and looks into a single design. Some components will still be missing, and the level of detail is low, but feel free to dig in! We think it may be fun for anyone who is interested in component sizes, tolerances, airflow, etc. Enjoy!
- Together with our suppliers, we will develop a feasible internal architecture for the device that reflects the community’s wishes as much as possible.
- We will further develop the industrial design of the Workhorse concept, implementing changes requested by the community.
- We will kick off the design process of the keyboard cover to guarantee a perfect match with the device.