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Old June 11, 2010, 03:00 PM
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A user by the name of NFC over on the XS forums presented a very interesting point to me this afternoon. I think it would be a good opportunity to share the concern, and express my beliefs and intentions.

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NFC put this concern before me:
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It's beautiful. I'm also concerned that case manufacturers might try to glean potential IP from it.

Like, I would hope you would want to share the ideas with the community for their own personal projects, but you give an awful amount of insight to people who could lock others out from doing it.
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Here's my response:
You present an interesting point, however the mass publication of this project across about 35forums, the 6000+ image views per day, and the collaboration with sponsors (coming soon) is a pretty big deterrent. It would be very easy to defend this in an IP battle, considering that there is clear evidence that I published it first technically I'd have rights.

Regardless of all that, absolute worst case scenario (pun intended): I have dozens of other designs floating around up in the old noggin, I'll just move onto a new one. I plan on releasing my own line of cases in the coming future - this project is merely a bloated prequel.

I do this because I absolutely love doing it. Moreover I love to share, get feedback and work collaboratively with the community - if I get shafted by some manufacturer of cases then sobeit. In the long-run it would better benefit everyone if the idea was ripped off - it's about time we saw someone rethinking this sh*t on mass scale (key word being think... there's alot of useless plastic bullsh*t cases out there that put 0 thought into enthusiast usage)

Truth be told - I conceived the entire concept in an afternoon, with the exception of maintaining the threads that go along with it I have only about 30 or so hours invested so-far.



The following is quoted from my website's about-me page:
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Question: Why do you share your UX resources so openly? (this mantra applies to all my design, not just UX)

Too long has the high-tech industry been protecting it’s interests through, what I have titled, the acquire and archive model. Which entails buying out conflicting ideas, or merging with competitors in the interest of shelving perfectly viable and beneficial technologies. I believee in the spirit of open co-opatition, abelieff which stresses the idea of sharing knowledge with everyone -especiallyy competitors. Because it’s only when we embrace new-age movements like open-source development, and the digitization of the worlds libraries that we will really be able to take the next step.
If I were to fully consider the issue you have presented I would be breaking my core principal.
If I stop sharing, then I stop getting critical feedback, and I don't get to potentially inspire others (a deep honor in my opinion)
If I patent the design I become the very evil I try to contradict.




On an up-note: I'll continue to share me ideas on a finite level - with the intention to have the community guide my decisions.
There will be mock-ups and 3D visualizations to come soon.

I love little mental paradoxes, and I tend to over think things. As I sit here contemplating this situation I keep thinking about the barber paradox:
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Suppose there is a town with just one male barber; and that every man in the town keeps himself clean-shaven: some by shaving themselves, some by attending the barber. It seems reasonable to imagine that the barber obeys the following rule: He shaves all and only those men in town who do not shave themselves.
Under this scenario, we can ask the following question: Does the barber shave himself?
Asking this, however, we discover that the situation presented is in fact impossible:
If the barber does not shave himself, he must abide by the rule and shave himself.
If he does shave himself, according to the rule he will not shave himself.
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Old June 11, 2010, 10:20 PM
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I've scratched my head at this patenting dilemma all day now... and here's what I've done for the modder's everywhere:

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I've put a creative commons licence on the design

You are free:
to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
to Remix — to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:
Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

With the understanding that:
Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
Other Rights — In no way are any of the following rights affected by the license:

Your fair dealing or fair use rights;
Apart from the remix rights granted under this license, the author's moral rights;
Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights.
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Old July 28, 2010, 06:45 PM
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Greetings, ;)

There's been a small change of plans... I'm having some custom super high-tech 0.25"thick carbon fiber panels made for this project, as opposed to the titanium as planned. I may still make one from Ti because the idea excites me, but the short term will not see that happening.

When the carbon arrives in a couple weeks, I'll begin cutting.
For fun today I decided to throw together a prototype... at least that was the plans before it took me near 6hrs to make.
It ended up taking a long time because the art framing board was really REALLY tricky to cut with a little type-A x-acto. this unfortunately also affected the bud quality as well... but im still fairly pleased.

I'll let the pics do the rest. I present the latest iteration made from Art Framing Board and Silicone Tape. ;)
















What do you think? Leave a comment, let me know while there's still time to change plans before I begin cutting.

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Old July 28, 2010, 06:46 PM
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The above wasn't my first attempt at fabricating this design in this method.

First I made a smaller iteration - 30%, whereas the above prototype is 40% scale - however lack of experience in working with the Framing board and attempts to glue the thing together lead to a failure.

As you'll see in the images below, at first I tried to make it in a printer friendly card-stock... but it was too flimsy and I didn't feel like laminating several sheets together. This would prove to me a mistake later on, lol.

I glued the cardtock pieces that I had printed and cut earlier to a sheet of Framing board. My intention was to use the printed pieces as guides, without realizing just how hard it is to cut Framing board... let along Framing board with an extra layer of cardstock and some hardened white-glue.

I'll share with you my first attempt nonetheless, it will still give some insight into my method and tools. ;)

Again, pictures talk:

















Take care, ;)

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Old September 1, 2010, 08:47 PM
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The high-grade composite panels required for construction of this project are being manufactured this week!

The panels in question are 16mm thick and composed of an astonishing 52layers. (The details of manufacturing will be released with the update... there's some CRAZY science and pressure involved to achieve the desired effect).

The panels are being made from an incredibly high grade of carbon usually reserved for military aerospace applications. In addition there are some other composite materials intermixed in the lay-up which will add some unique properties - but I don't want to say more and ruin the surprise.

I will have the panels in my hand in 2-3weeks, then I'll be sending them out for cutting straight away!

I'm elated that this is coming together as planned. I hope you will all enjoy the show, and if that's not reason enough for you, I plan on accompanying the commencement of Helios with an update on my PrometheusCU project as well.

Tune in soon for more...
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Old September 4, 2010, 06:15 PM
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A 'small' order today from McMaster (physically speaking) - the necessary stainless steel hardware, fasteners, and misc. bits needed to assemble this project:

I can feel the enormity of the cost of this project already...
the parts to hold it together cost $1,180.03USD+tax and shipping.

The choice for stainless bumped up the cost considerably... but it's just too sexy to resist.

Now I'm just waiting on the composite panels that will compose the chassis to come in from California... I'm not even going to hint at how much the panels cost, and they need to be machined to spec still.

I still havent yet decided on the final hardware configuration, but I am sure it too will put a good dent in the old wallet.

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Old September 6, 2010, 10:33 PM
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An impressive undertaking. I always thought of how awesome it would be to have a Carbon fiber case. Can't wait to see it finished.
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