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Trail

Providing power everywhere for smartphones

A wireless-charging case system for power-hungry smart devices.

Role: industrial design

Sponsored by Trexta TR Leather Co. in Spring, 2013

About Trexta: Trexta was an innovative mobile phone accessories manufacturer and a product development partner for brands such as Nokia, Canon, Leica, Apple, Samsung.
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‘Anytime, anywhere’ energy, by integrating Qi wireless charging technology and an external plug-and-use battery jacket that is free from cables. The case provides flexible usage by becoming a dock for parts that can be occasionally needed, such as a kickstand. Customization is made possible through color options and a replaceable back-plate.

 

A Day with Trail

A Day with Trail

Trail designed to adapt day–along energy needs. User wakes up by alarm, picks up the iPhone, which is fully charged. Detachable battery provides a full charge on-the-go without extra bulk.

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Versatile  stand part can be used for activities like streaming or video chat. User can use all Qi chargers, planted on eateries like coffee shops. Placing the iPhone to the charging mat begins charging easily.

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How does it work?

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Slide the iPhone to the bottom part.

Slide the iPhone to the bottom part.

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Then slide the upper part to the rest.

Then slide the upper part to the bottom part.

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Slide the battery jacket to the case.

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When pressed short, power button shows remaining battery level.

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Slide the stand part to either case or battery jacket.

Slide the stand part to either case or battery jacket.

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Then turn the arm and rotate the case to have a 45° view angle.
 

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Slide the battery jacket to the case. Plug the charger, connect the adapter then place the iPhone.

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When phone placed, a–low–light power led blips repeatedly.
 

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Technology Behind

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Sections & Dimensions

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Setting the Alarm&Time
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Design Process

Millennials are selected as the target user group as a result of literature review and user interviews. Problem definition maps created in order to translate research findings to problem areas. Existing energy solutions for iPhone benchmarked in order to find market opportunities.

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Wireless charging consortium Qi’s partnership idea has been selected to further development. A concept, connecting wireless charging with mobility by a case system has been developed. Case system finalized as a result of countless refinements by sketches, mock–ups and cad models.

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Trail has been exhibited in METU ID's Graduation Exhibition in 2013.

Trail has been exhibited in METU ID's Graduation Exhibition in 2013.

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Final model features a laser-etched genuine leather backplates.

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Prototype was a proof-of-concept for mechanical functions and fully working in turning and sliding motions.

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In a nutshell, 3D printed case parts have been sanded to perfect the surface quality then applied undercoating and painted accordingly. Laser etched parts also designed in coordination with Trexta and manufactured by them.

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