- Client: Next Thing Co.
- Role: Design Director, industrial design, 3D modelling, manufacturing
During the design and production of OTTO we created a simplified version of the assembly to be released to our Kickstarter supporters in advance of them receiving the final product. The OTTO Developer Kit (ODK) featured a laser-cut and folded cardboard enclosure (instead of the many materials involved in the final OTTO enclosure) as well as a Raspberry Pi model B (instead of the Raspberry Pi Computer Module which was not yet readily available).
An earlier version of the ODK featured a clear acrylic case and metal fasteners. This version met it’s initial constraints: demonstrate the essential feature set of OTTO, fast to design and manufacture, reproducible as a kit of parts to be assembled by the user. While the visibility of the internal components, and the large crank arm were highlights of this design it also had several drawbacks. It was uncomfortable to operate. The corners were sharp and chipped easily. It was also rather tedious to assemble (the square nuts could easily fall into the center cavity requiring some amount of disassembly (or a lot of careful shaking) to retrieve them.