So, last summer when my friend Brooklyn and I were at Eyeo we sat at a bar talking about her Nike Fuelband, which is awesome and cool and from the future. But at the same time, for something that you are supposed to wear all day, every day it doesn’t exactly go with a lot of outfits. Seems like a silly thing to be worried about, but really the issue is a matter of personalization of wearable technology. It’s great that these things are becoming more mainstream and common but, unlike our phones which have a ton of cases in various shapes and colors, it seems there aren’t a lot of personalization choices for these extremely personal items yet.
Anyways, so we talked about how we could make a bunch of different bracelet encasements for the band. Talked about design ideas. Brooklyn gave lots of valuable insight as a user since I didn’t have my own yet (covering it entirely like in the sketch wouldn’t work). Maybe it could be a Kickstarter or something. Talked about some sketches. And then I moved to SF in July and things got put on hold. After a few months I bought my own Fuelband (and love it). And a few months later I finally received the 3D printer I won from Instructables. And then I moved into a house where one of my roommates, Serge, happens to be a bona fide mechanical engineer. And then we had the week off for Thanksgiving. It takes a long time for things to magically line up right for things to actually happen. But after months of waiting/putting it off we have a prototype! (Photos below)