2iC Wearable Device
By Matt Passmore, Senior Product Designer
March 11th, 2021
2iC are global leaders in digital interoperability in environments with low-power computing, low-bandwidth connections, physical landscape challenges or interrupted communications. 2iC approached us to help with the design and development of an IOT wearable. This input device was designed to be extremely simple to use in high-stress environments, where perhaps there wouldn’t be time to get out a phone, or similar device, and send messages.
All three of the buttons are colour coded and can be assigned to a different message or feature. For example, red could be that you’ve found something you’re looking for, or blue could be that you’ve seen some intelligence that is of interest. There’s also an orange pull cord. This had to be designed to fit snugly onto the device and has the intention of being a warning signal. The design has ensured that it isn’t easily or accidentally removed, and it has two stages to pull the cord – Velco and a release tag.
The design has ensured that it isn’t easily or accidentally removed, and it has two stages to pull the cord – Velco and a release tag. You’ll see the iterative prototype production in the case study which shows the thought that went into getting the enclosure right. The enclosure needs to be durable and small, so we had to design a custom PCB and 3D print the casing. It also come with a wearable chest harness. Many thanks to Graham Booth for working with us on this project.