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February 6, 2014 AT 3:00 pm

The Role 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Played in Development of “Mimo – The Smart Baby Monitor” #3DThursday #3DPrinting #3D

Rest Devices tells the story of adding 3D rapid prototyping to their design development for the Mimo, recently shown at CES:

…Then, last summer, we switched over to the consumer space with the Mimo monitor. We wholly expected that our prior requirements for polished prototypes would relax, as  we were moving from the FDA to parents as our “regulatory bodies”. However, we quickly found that parents are far more demanding. For a parent to be comfortable testing a new device it needs to be approachable, friendly and most importantly, not look like a device! In short, it needs to be polished. (It’s worth noting that, early on, Dulcie demanded that I never say the word device while talking about Mimo)

This principle of polished prototypes seemingly flew in the face of our entire rapid prototyping philosophy. When we were first developing the Mimo, we probably went through 5-10 different versions of the device every week, but ultimately, we had to be comfortable taking each version to a parent to get their input. If the design ever felt unpolished, a parent would never get past the aesthetic problems let alone talk about the actual usability or the feature set. As a result, we started a culture of refined prototyping right from the very beginning….

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