This blog follows the design development of the “ReadyToPresent” device for the BigBlueButton web conferencing client. The intent is to eliminate the hassles of carrying, connecting, and setting up several pieces of equipment — laptop, web-cam, microphone, and speakerphone — needed to broadcast a presentation. Our vision is to be able to have all the necessary hardware consolidated into a single unit that can be set up and taken down easily.
Just like the software is being developed on an Open Source platform, the design for ReadyToPresent is being developed under the Creative Commons Licence (SA). So feel free to distribute or add to this project, but please make sure you credit the source.
Comments, critiques, and feedback are all warmly welcomed.
Learn more about the software: BigBlueButton
While working on finalizing the first prototype some issues came up during the building phase and after its completion.
As mentioned in an earlier post (regarding aggregate audio needs) the audio devices were liable to change as newer devices are found and the software develops. It was always the intention that the case could adapt to new hardware by designing a new foam insert. An assumption was made that netbooks would become more powerful and faster and that the integrated devices, such as the webcam and speakerphone, would be of high enough quality that external ones would no longer be necessary.
But right now the case has been designed for the specified hardware.
Which meant that the design had to incoporate the USB cables needed to connect and power the devices.
After some epic struggles working with styrene, rapid prototyping, and foam insert suppliers, we’ve finished a semi-functional prototype of the ReadyToPresent device.
Continue on to read about and see the development. (WARNING: JPG heavy post)
After building the first cardboard mock-up I continued to develop the concept until I reached this point. The main driver for further development was to see how efficiently I could pack the netbook, webcam, speakerphone, and wireless mic into a box.
I thought this concept with a sliding tray had some potential so I made another mock-up in cardboard.
I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from the ReadyToPresent project but that doesn’t mean I’ve not been keeping tabs on things.
Here are a couple links to projects that are taking Industrial Design into a practical methodology.
These two items started making the blogrounds earlier this month so they’re old news in internetland. But the ideas of crwodsourcing, community-building, user-configured designs are exciting. Now, I know there are a lot of “pros and cons” to open-source design but it is inspiring to see these ideas synergize (30 Rock anyone?) with design.