Soap SpongeBlind

in Product Design held by Airemos
Contest Ended, Winner(s) have been selected.
Description:
Hello, I am working on a project for a soap dispensing sponge. I have rough CAD drawings, animations and existing product examples of desired features. I need a professional engineer to create the part for manufacturing. I will specify details of the project once the engineer is chosen.
Wants:
Manufacturing ready 3D models and 2D drawings. (Injection Molding)
Plastic Body - easy access to cavity for refilling soap, injection valves to distribute soap to sponge, some way to connect/disconnect sponge to body.
Sponge - absorbent sponge that is able to connect to plastic body
Cover - a translucent cover to seal the sponge by "locking" to the body. must be water tight so soap and water does not leak between body and cover.
Ergonomic design - Palm size, easy, transportable, for camping.
Don't Wants:
Concepts or non-manufacturing drawings or models.
Ask for Sample:
Please send a sample so I may choose the engineer that suites our vision best. I run Fusion 360
Company Logo:
Yes

Entries

1st Winner
#25 Final render by ZM Designs
Hello Ryan
No need to take any action on this entry it was purely to ensure the final render is up as all entries automatically go up on my portfolio. Thank you !
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Aug 28, 2020 22:50
#8 Soap Sponge 3 by Michael Dimou
This is the version with dim 2.5" x 2.5" ( 6.35cm x 6.35cm
Feel free to contact with me.
Good luck to everyone !!!
Thanks
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Aug 21, 2020 18:58
#13 Soap Sponge 4 by Michael Dimou
This is the 4th design for the project. Also, I provide the 3D step in order to check it detailing.
Good luck to everyone!!!
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Aug 25, 2020 12:44
#19 Concept 2 by ZM Designs
Hello Ryan.
Here is my revised entry as discussed.
I have attached a brief presentation in PDF form.
Enjoy the remainder of your day!
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Aug 27, 2020 20:10
#6 Soap Sponge v1 by ZM Designs
Hello Airemos.
Included in this entry are renders with all the colors you provided as well as a note on some of the key features.
I will follow this up with a private message.
Best Regards
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Aug 18, 2020 20:59
#7 Soap Sponge 2 by Michael Dimou
This is the 1st revision based on your comments.
Feel free to contact with me.
Good luck to everyone !!!
Thanks
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Aug 20, 2020 16:30
#12 Soap Sponge-DC-1-25-08-2020 by sharad_prateek
Hi,
Uploading my first concept.
Attempted to meet all the needs in the best way possible. Let me know if it works for you.
Have uploaded .stp files with the default SolidWorks files.
Thanks
Sharad Prateek Singh
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Aug 25, 2020 9:36
#26 Soap Sponge by Quantum_Designs
Hello sir,
Attached 2nd Concept,
Please let me know for any missing elements/corrections/modifications,
Thank you for the contest
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Aug 29, 2020 13:34
#5 Soap Sponge 1 by Michael Dimou
This is a proposal for Soap sponge based on your specs. I hope you enjoy it.
Good luck to everyone!!!
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Aug 18, 2020 9:08
#21 Soap Sponge-DC-3-28-08-2020 by sharad_prateek
Hi,
Uploading similar designs to previous one, with side mounted pump/press section.
There are two options available, with one being a single sided pump and other being a two sided pump.
Let me know what your thoughts are.
Thanks again
Sharad Prateek Singh
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Aug 28, 2020 8:42
#18 Soap Sponge-DC-2-27-08-2020 by sharad_prateek
Hey,
Uploading a design as per your comment, please let me know if you want me add anything in it.
Please note that I have not included the cover yet. I have some ideas about it but will like you to confirm the design of the sponge and the body first.
Further, we can add a groove on the side for finger placements; if you want that.
Looking forward to it.
Thanks
Sharad Prateek Singh
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Aug 27, 2020 15:35
#15 Soap Sponge by Quantum_Designs
Hello sir,
Hope, I am not too late for the contest,
Attached 1st Concept,
Please let me know for any missing elements/corrections/modifications,
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Aug 26, 2020 8:29
#20 Portable Soap Dispensing Scrubber by PinoeerOne
3 Piece injection molded soap dispensing scrubbing wand.
I run Creo 3.0 for all design work. 3D models for tooling and a full drawing package will be provided upon request.
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Aug 28, 2020 1:45
#11 Classic Soap Sponge by vijayn
An Elegant design model having good design handling aspect. This model in made in Fusion 360 . Having assembly of scrub , soap dispensor knob and threaded cap and .I have provided motion links to the assembled components mentioned above . Please kindly use the links to understand the working of the model .
I have provided "step file" for the model.
Please have a look on the further images I have sent
Hope you like it
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Aug 24, 2020 13:10
#16 Soap Sponge-DC-2-27-08-2020 by sharad_prateek
Hi,
Uploading my second concept. Please let me know what you think about it. Looking forward to it.
Thanks
Sharad Prateek Singh
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Aug 27, 2020 7:17
#22 DC-4 by sharad_prateek
Hi,
Uploading a design, that has attempted to meet all the requirements. Let me know if I can make changes to make it more according to your need.
Looking forward to it.
Thanks
Sharad Prateek Singh
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Aug 28, 2020 17:19
#17 Smart Traveling Sponge Dispenser by Chaniago
Hi ... Airemos
For this sponge design, I took the smart traveling sponge as the theme. In general, this design has dimensions of 4.5 "Lx3" Wx6.8 "H. Made from transparent and colored polypropylene so it can be reproduced by injection molding. It is equipped with a handle and a locking clip so it can be easily carried anywhere. And I also added a bag as a design options.
I will wait for your suggestions and feedback regarding this design
May be useful
Thankyou
Regards,
Chaniago
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Aug 27, 2020 8:15
#14 Fan Assembly by Aadil_786
This is the assembly design and simulation of ordinary fan
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Aug 25, 2020 14:58

Discussion

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Sun, 30 Aug 2020 15:29:55 +0000
Hi,
Congratulations to all ..

33/5000
I erase my started work

Regards
REDA

Airemos

Buyer

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 13:47:22 +0000
Hello All designers,
Thank you all for your submissions and hard work. Some of you have really put in quality time and I can't not thank you enough for caring enough to participate.
I have two designs that meet all of our requirements and look great.
Therefore, I will be choosing one of the two or both in 24 hours.
THIS WILL END THE CONTEST EARLY!!
If you have a pending design that you wish to submit, please do so in the next 24 hours.

THANK YOU ALL!
-JRP

Quantum_Designs

Designer

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 06:10:03 +0000
Thank you for the rating sir, Will come up with other concepts and improvements, If you add some additional prizes, More designers will participate, Thank you :)

PinoeerOne

Designer

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 19:08:50 +0000

@Airemos - Thank you so much for the very quick reply! I'll PM some details to you before the end of the week.

Airemos

Buyer

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 19:01:05 +0000
@ PioneerOne Here is a previous detail update. Please read all comments below as they provide information from both sides.
DETAIL UPDATE
There are 3 parts for tooling design - MANUFACTURING MUST BE CONSIDERED IN DESIGN.
Part 1 Plastic Body (tank for soap with clear viewer window to see soap level) - Soft silicone surface finish for nice texture, grip and aesthetics.
Part 2 Plastic Cover - Hard plastic that snaps/seals to the body to have a leak proof cover for transportation.
Part 3 Silicone Sponge - Silicone sponge that slides on and off the body but is secure when in use. This sponge should have texture to distribute soap. like hairs or tentacles.

Airemos

Buyer

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 18:59:12 +0000
@PinoeerOne Thank you for your interest and for reaching out with your questions. Sorry for the confusion. The final deliverable should be a CAD model of a fully functional assembly that can be quoted, developed and produced by a manufacturer. A conceptual is required for this process but that is not the deliverable. As we are asking for "sample" concepts from all designers, I will choose the design and function that I see as the best option in about two weeks... Leaving one week of the 30 scope for final design and details. Please send me a direct mail if you would like to discuss anything in private.
Thank you very much,
-Ryan

PinoeerOne

Designer

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 18:15:59 +0000
Hello, My Name is Sam Boege and I am a professional design engineer. I am new to the community and have several questions. Are you asking the community to design the soap dispenser? I am asking because you stated that you are not looking for concepts. I can certainly design the parts for molding, create the drawings, and even pass along to prospective vendors for quotes on tooling. I just need to understand your starting point. Would you like me to formulate a concept, and provide it in the context of a fully manufacture-able drawing package? What if any thoughts have you given to material choices? will the product be dishwasher safe? Do you have a cost target? How can we link up to talk in further detail? Thanks to all for helping me thru this.
Mon, 17 Aug 2020 01:05:15 +0000
@Airemos Do you want this specifically geared toward washing dishes?
Fri, 14 Aug 2020 02:16:41 +0000

I want to participate in this contest

Airemos

Buyer

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 01:15:13 +0000
@ZM Designs Thank you and you are correct. Let's all be professional and courteous of one another. We have removed her comment and do not support any aggression or negativity in this creative, mind expanding space. Please ask all the questions and submit all the examples you wish, as ZM has accurately noted, this is how we communicate to develop the perfect product. We visualize the universe in mechanics, Please share you vision without fear of judgement, prejudice or negative criticism. I respect and appreciate all positive creativity.
Thank you all and lets carry on,
JRP @ Airemos

ZM Designs

Designer

Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:28:03 +0000
@arkiattack When submitting a design early the designer can work with the client on tailoring the design to their needs so that they can compare how each designer adapted the design to their needs. This often produces a design that is more suited to the client. Designing something that suits a clients needs certainly can not be compared to a protitiute. This is not the place for name-calling of your evidently more efficient competition. Aplogies Sherifelsheikh.

Airemos

Buyer

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:25:13 +0000
DETAIL UPDATE
There are 3 parts for tooling design - MANUFACTURING MUST BE CONSIDERED IN DESIGN.
Part = Plastic Body (tank for soap with clear viewer window to see soap level) - Soft silicone surface finish for nice texture, grip and aesthetics.
Part = Plastic Cover - Hard plastic that snaps/seals to the body to have a leak proof cover for transportation.
Part = Silicone Sponge - Silicone sponge that slides on and off the body but is secure when in use. This sponge should have texture to distribute soap. like hairs or tentacles.

Airemos

Buyer

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:24:00 +0000
@KMECH - I would like the product to have similar dimension (4" x 2.5") and shape as the attached model. These are very rough and I encourage you to design the assembly based on best form and function.

Airemos

Buyer

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:21:50 +0000
@Alek Sparrow do you mean previous work? feel free to send me your portfolio in a private message here on cadcrowd.
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:10:33 +0000
Hello, are you want to same design ?
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 09:38:24 +0000
Hello, can I send you an example of work so as not to show it to others?
My works are protected NDA.
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 04:03:23 +0000
I too interested in this project. :)

Airemos

Buyer

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 01:17:24 +0000
I think that a silicone sponge is the best option. So NOT absorbent. I have uploaded a screenshot of a silicone sponge in the attachments. Screen_Shot_2020-08-10_at_5.27.24_PM.png

Airemos

Buyer

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 21:03:58 +0000
Hello Sherifelsheikh, Working on the Branding now... should have something in the next few days. Thank you for your interest!

Airemos

Buyer

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 21:03:09 +0000
Great to have you Ridwan, Thank you for your interest!

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GOLF TROLLEY FEASIBILITY REPORT Duncan Macmillan Table of Contents 1 The Trolley....................................................................................................................................... 2 1.1 Requirements.......................................................................................................................... 2 1.2 Approach ................................................................................................................................. 2 1.2.1 Mechanical ...................................................................................................................... 2 1.2.2 Electronics ....................................................................................................................... 3 1.2.3 Control Strategies ........................................................................................................... 4 1.2.4 Software .......................................................................................................................... 5 1.3 Conclusion ............................................................................................................................... 5 Following the user........................................................................................................................... 5 2.1 Requirements.......................................................................................................................... 5 2.2 Problems and Potential Solutions...........................................................................................6 2.2.1 What if the trolley gets stuck? ........................................................................................ 6 2.2 1 The Trolley This section of the document will give an overview of the trolley from a technical perspective, including the mechanical and electrical requirements. This section also contains a summary of capabilities that are expected from the trolley to be successful in the target environment - that being the golf course. 1.1 REQUIREMENTS  Must be able to perform well in a golf environment, with consideration of the: o Terrain o Weatherconditions  Must be able to withstand local hazards such as: o Hit from a golf ball o Hit from a golf club o Dirt o Water o Sand  Must be able to carry a load of up to 25Kg  Must be able to remain upright and balanced under maximum load  Must be able to achieve speeds of at least 6km/h under maximum load  Must be able to cover an 18-hole golf course which is: o approximately8.5km. o Around 4 hours long. 1.2 APPROACH The design of the trolley in not yet finalised; It is however, loosely based on the design of a Segway. 1.2.1 Mechanical The electrical system is centred on the battery and the distribution of the battery voltage and current to other subsystems. Since the battery for this kind of vehicle contains a lot of energy it is necessary to monitor the operational status of the main electrical system, and have safety features to turn it off in case of an emergency or malfunction. The safety measures in this system will consist of fuses, a power management system and a failsafe mode. 1.2.2.1 Battery The battery will have to be selected to fulfil the goal of being able to cover a full game of golf on one charge as well as provide sufficient torque to keep up with its user on a variety of terrain. It would be beneficial to choose a battery that features a continuous discharge current, and an internal management system if available to simplify the integration of the battery into the electrical system. A charging port for mobile devices can be integrated into the design, or alternatively to save on battery power, a solar panel can be fitted for that purpose. 1.2.2.2 Main processor board The main processing system is the most complex module. It works as the communication hub between all the other software systems and has the responsibility to answer to all communication events. It is also responsible for gathering and converting all sensor information to a format usable by the control system, and to run the control loop. 1.2.2.3 Power Management Board The purpose of the power board is to monitor the battery and distribute the power to the different subsystems. The main goals for this board are to warn the user of low battery voltage, estimate the state of charge in the battery, measure current flowing from the battery, and contain some safety features which will be outlined in the following section. 1.2.2.4 Sensors An accelerometer is fundamental. These sensors may be built in numerous different ways. In modern applications where low cost and small size is important, the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) type accelerometers present a feasible option. A modern accelerometer often includes a spring-loaded structure whose deflection in response to external forces can be capacitively sensed and converted to an electrical signal. Another crucial sensor, the gyroscope, is used to measure the angular rate of an object with respect to an inertial system. They are commonly of MEMS type like the accelerometers if a low cost and small size is desirable. Both of the sensors have some drawbacks. While the accelerometer can give the absolute reference of the pitch angle when unaffected by other accelerations other than gravity, it will also give a misleading output when affected by accelerations. The gyro output signal can also be integrated to find the angle of the motion. This estimate will be less affected by linear acceleration than the accelerometer output, but will suffer from drifting when numerical integration is used. Knowing the properties of these two sensors, smart filtering can be used to fuse the outputs and attain a better estimation of the angle. A filter commonly seen in hobby applications is the ‘Complementary filter’. This is a simple filter which demands very little processing power and is simple to implement. The filter basically uses the gyro for short term estimation and correcting this estimation based on the accelerometer’s absolute reference of the gravity. 1.2.2.5 Safety The most important design parameter for the main electrical system is the current rating and the safety measures. All components and cabling have to be selected to continuously withstand the ampage output by the battery. The power board mentioned earlier is responsible for controlling relays to distribute power to other subsystems and shut down the motors when a malfunction is detected. It is also responsible for allowing charging only when the correct voltage is applied. The failsafe mode mentioned earlier is there to turn off a relay that cuts the power to the motors. In this way, if the vehicle loses connection to the user, it cannot continue to drive, which otherwise could result in collisions with other people or objects. Fuses would be mounted between the battery and the main switch to limit the current in case of a severe short circuit failure in the vehicle. An on/off switch is a standard addition allowing the user to turn the trolley on and off when required to save on battery power. 1.2.3 Control Strategies The trolley will simply tip over if not controlled. Naturally the first objective of the controller must be to prevent this from happening. The second objective of the controller is to make the rider able to control the speed of the vehicle. 1.2.3.1 PID-controller The PID-controller is by far the most commonly controller used today. It tries to minimize the error between the reference signal and the actual output signal. It is often implemented with some extra functions to make it more realizable in a practical implementation. It also controls relays related to charging to make sure the trolley cannot drive while being charged. 1.2.3.2 Motor driver A powertrain system enables the propelling and control of the vehicle. It is paramount to have a strong powertrain that can handle bumps and rough terrain, with low backlash in the driving mechanism. Too much backlash can introduce oscillations in a control system and make it harder or impossible to control. The powertrain makes it possible for the electric motors to propel the vehicle. It is defined as the base plate with the motors, gearbox and wheels. 1.2.3.3 Wheel sensors After examining existing systems, an efficient sensor system is composed of two encoders, one mounted on the motor axis of each motor and a circuit board with a processor dedicated to decoding the encoder signals. This processor would then send the decoded information to the main processor over serial communication. A counter has to be connected to a data register using an event system. It’s important to choose a processor that supports such an event system. The register value increases or decreases when the encoder is turning clockwise or counter clockwise. 1.2.4 Software The software in this sort of vehicle would run on different processors depending on the task it performs. This makes the system modular which reduces complexity during software design and facilitates easy troubleshooting and system replacement. These benefits come at a price: the need for communication between the processors. The most critical software runs on the main processor system as previously mentioned, running a real time operating system such as FreeRTOS that would provide all the necessary software as well as being free to use. 1.3 CONCLUSION To design and build a golf trolley matching similar commercial options, requires significant research and design. There are many areas which require domain expert with an engineering background and some knowledge of control theory and real time control systems. A strong knowledge of dynamical system is also necessary such that the hardware could be designed to be controllable from the start. It is definitely feasible to construct such a trolley that covers all requirements mentioned above, but the development costs will be considerable due to requiring a set of individuals with different skill sets. 2 FOLLOWING THE USER One of the major selling points is the ability for the golf trolley to autonomously follow its user around whilst carrying a load (i.e. a bag of golf clubs). This presents several technical challenges that have to be solved in order to provide a solution that sufficiently meets the requirements of the trolley, and one that is safe for the user. 2.1 REQUIREMENTS  Safely follow the user with minimal input from them.  Keep a set distance away from the user to stop the trolley from interfering.  Ignore other users and trolleys on the golf course.  Allow the user to approach the trolley without it running away. 2.2 PROBLEMS AND POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS 2.2.1 What if the trolley gets stuck? When thinking of a golf course, it is expected that it has a well-maintained lawn and mostly flat terrain. The trolley shouldn’t have a problem with this kind of terrain. What needs to be considered is that golf courses also contain sand pits and occasional hills, both of which can be a potential problem for the trolley to get across. It’s important for the trolley to almost “understand” its capabilities to stop the trolley from, for example, indefinitely trying to climb a hill that is too steep for the motors; which could in turn damage the trolley. The safest solution to this problem as mentioned in the previous section of the document is to simply stop following the user. 2.2.2 How to make the trolley simultaneously keep distance but also allow the user to approach itself? In a golf game scenario, the user requires a bit of personal space to concentrate and make the swings. The trolley has the be prevented from getting in the way because it would immediately become a nuisance. One of the solutions is to program the trolley to keep at a certain distance away from the user and allow the user to disable this behaviour at will using his control device. The con of this solution is that it requires the user to remember to stop the trolley from unintentionally running away. The other solution to this problem would be to allow the trolley to only move forward, allowing the user to approach the trolley when necessary and allowing the trolley to catch up with the user with no interaction. This solution does pose a problem, however. In a scenario where the user moves away from his position with the intention to come back, the trolley might want to catch up and get in the way of the user. 2.2.3 What if there’s something between the trolley and the user? This is an important safety consideration, although the distance between the trolley and the user might be small enough to significantly reduce the likelihood of something getting in-between. Equipping the trolley with a short-range sensor is something to consider to make sure it doesn’t bump into anything. 2.3 APPROACH There are a few wireless solutions that could be used to keep track of the user, the trolley and the distance between them. The pros and cons of each solution are outlined in this section. 2.3.1 GPS GPS is one of the most widely used systems for positioning worldwide. “Positioning” is in the name after all and there are similar products already on the market using GPS as the main tracking system, which makes it a clear consideration for a system such as this one. The way GPS can be utilized to fulfil the requirements is to place a GPS module on the trolley and a another one in the control device the user is carrying. Using a Bluetooth connection, the device in possession of the user would automatically send its position to the trolley which in turn would compare, then calculate the path and distance to travel. While this sounds good in in theory, there are certain problems in practice that could prevent this approach from being viable. GPS errors are fairly large. This of course depends on many factors such as the weather and location. This can be especially observed indoors where even with a stationary GPS receiver, localisation data can have a tolerance of up to tens of meters, merely estimating the real position. While outdoor tracking will be better, it might not be consistent enough for this approach to be appropriate as of now. This might change drastically within a few years however. Galileo - a global navigational system is being developed by the European Union and other partner countries. It began operation in 2016, and is expected to be fully deployed by 2020 and is reported to be accurate up to 1 meter. 2.3.2 Ultrasonic An alternative to the previous approach is to use ultrasonic beacons as a transmission method. Similarly to the GPS approach, both the user and the trolley would require to carry a beacon but instead of using Bluetooth to transmit data for calculating distance, Ultrasonic beacons would work on a basis of signal strength. The output amplitude is directly proportional with the actual distance to the beacon. This allows for the trolley to know how far away it is from the user. For increased accuracy multiple beacons can be placed on the trolley, an algorithm would rotate the trolley until it detects a maximum level of signal (that being the user) at which point the trolley can approach until the detected signal reaches a given threshold. This threshold would be used to keep the trolley at a set distance away from the user. An infrared signal can be used to further enhance the accuracy of the trolley. There are of course some drawbacks of using this approach. First and foremost, the signal can reflect away from surfaces which could potentially confuse the trolley. This issue can be fixed by placing beacons around the trolley, giving it a way of detecting the signal regardless of where it’s facing and if a certain receiver is blocked. 2.3.3 Bluetooth Looking back at section 2.3.1, another valid option is to use Bluetooth on its own as opposed to combining it with GPS. In this approach, the trolley would require a Bluetooth sensor on each side and one sensor in possession of the user. The trolley would use its two sensors to essentially triangulate onto the position of the user, using the difference in signal strength between the sensors to determine the rotation, much like ultrasonic sensors would. This approach has already been utilised in an existing commercial product with similar function to a varying degree of success. Many users of this product have experienced problems with the trolley not following them or the trolley bumping into their ankles. This could be a problem with the technology itself not being fit for purpose or it could simply be a bad execution. The one advantage that this approach has over ultrasonic sensors, is that Bluetooth has a much better range of up to 100 meters. 2.4 CONCLUSION After some extensive research, a few other potential tracking solutions were found, however, none of which were suitable for the purpose. In addition to that, a majority of the sources and similar projects that were found, favoured a combination of ultrasonic and infrared sensors thus suggesting that this is the most optimal solution at this time. A GPS system, especially with the Galileo global navigation satellite system reaching its full operational capability soon also sounds very positive. 3 USER DEVICE The user is required to have a simple device that allows a good degree of control over the trolley. In addition to that, the device should have the ability to record data used for calculating various statistics on shot distances and power to provide the user with valuable feedback for training. 3.1 REQUIREMENTS  Must be small enough not to distract or affect the user and his performance  Must be able to collect appropriate data for training  Must be able to connect and control the trolley remotely  Must be able to show trolley’s battery level and other valuable information 3.2 APPROACH There have been a few design ideas taken into consideration with the aim to cover all requirements while keeping the device as low-profile as possible. 3.2.1 Remote The simplest solution is to create a remote-control style device that the user can put away into their pocket and take it out when convenient. This idea was quickly dismissed as it posed many problems in the areas of collecting data. A device such as this, while placed inside a pocket has very limited options regarding data collection especially when the aim is to calculate shot statistics. 3.2.2 Bracelet A slim bracelet would be a very stylish addition to the trolley. Not only that, but data collection would also be very easy as a set of sensors could collect data directly from the movement of the arm. The trolley could be controlled by a few small buttons alongside a small display, or alternatively the bracelet could take form of a device reminiscent of a smart watch, featuring a small touchscreen. The cons of this approach are that not all players might like the idea of having something on their wrist whilst playing. Some players might have their wrists occupied already which also creates a problem. 3.2.3 Lanyard A small device on a lanyard is one of the ideas that were considered. This would allow for a good degree of choice between sensors that would collect relevant data as well as keeps the users hands free. This idea, however, was also dismissed when looking that it from a gameplay perspective. The device, although small and light, would swing with the movement of the user likely creating a distraction or getting in the way. 3.2.4 Pager Expanding upon previous ideas and taking in consideration the cons of each, a pager-like device provides a good middle ground under the aspects of functionality, usability and keeping a low profile. Such a device could be clipped onto the belt of the user from where the user would have easy access to the control features for the trolley as well as the ability to un-clip the device to view the screen. Granting all this, the device requires a lot of thought on the best way of collecting data that can be used in aiding the user. Much like the remote control, the user might decide to place this device inside a pocket where data collection is difficult. The small nature of a pager also poses a higher risk of being lost compared to other approaches. 3.3 CONCLUSION In conclusion, there is a number of ways to integrate all the required functionality into a portable, personal device. Looking back at the pros and cons of each approach, the bracelet and the pager appear to be the most viable options so far. These two approaches provide the most flexibility in collecting data which is after all a major selling point. 4 COMPETITORS This section of the document covers the top competitors to this trolley. Each competitor’s trolley is summarised and analysed to give a good comparison of their features. 4.1 STEWART GOLF X9 FOLLOW Whilst conducting our research, we discovered there is already a golf trolley with a ‘Follow Feature’ available on the market called the Stewart Golf X9 Follow Review. This is the only trolley on the market which follows you around. A unique Bluetooth design explained in section 2.3.3 lets it follow you around the course, turning when you turn, stopping when you stop, and removing the need to steer it with a remote control, although this is still an option. Many of the features of the X9 Follow have already been discussed in section 2 of the document such as a dead zone around the trolley, preventing it into bumping into the user. Something to note here is that the X9 Follow does not have any form of obstacle detection which forces the user to bring the device into a manual remote-control mode to overcome them. The X9 Follow has received mixed reviews from their users. Some very happy with all the features while the negative reviews mostly point out that the follow mode doesn’t work as intended however they’re still mostly happy to use the trolley in remote control mode. In addition to the Stewart Golf X9 there are a number of remote-control electric golf trolleys currently on the market, but none of these trolley’s have a ‘Follow me’ feature. The Stewart Golf X9 Follow retails at £1499.00. 4.2 MOTOCADDY S5 CONNECT The S5 Connect trolley is one of the most popular choices. While it doesn’t have a “Follow me” mode, the main focus/selling point of this trolley is its ability to integrate with the user’s phone. By allowing the user to see his messages, emails and missed calls, the trolley offers a more focused golfing experience. The phone application that comes with the trolley contains information for 40,000 golf courses. This information is used along with the GPS module installed in the trolley to offer front, middle and back distances to the green along with par of the hole, plus a clock and a round timer. Other than holding the golf bag and being motorised, the S5 Connect doesn’t share other selling points with the proposed trolley which is an advantage; offering a potential customer a whole different golfing experience. The Motocaddy S5 Connect retails at £549.99. 4.3 BIG MAX COASTER QUAD In comparison to other trolley on this list, the Big Max Coaster Quad is the least technologically advanced. Where it lacks in technology the Coaster Quad makes up in convenience, featuring many helpful Accessories, such as Umbrella holder, Scorecard holder, drink holder and an optional seat. The trolley also features swivelling front wheels to improve manoeuvrability and an optional solar panel for charging mobile devices along with a phone holder. The lack of assisting and tracking technologies on this trolley suggests that this trolley has been designed for rather casual players who want an electric trolley with minimal fuss, aiming to simply provide a convenient solution to regular tasks. Coaster Quad is highly rated mostly due to its stability and good performance on hilly terrain. The Big Max Coaster Quad retails at €1,199 (£1,081.61). 4.4 POWAKADDY FW7S GPS Set side by side to the Motocaddy S5 Connect, both the design and the list of features are very similar. Featuring full GPS capability and display, much like the S5 Connect as well as being preloaded with 37,000 golf courses to allow for various distance measurements. The major difference between the two is that the entire system is all integrated into the trolley itself along with a much higher quality display, removing the phone from the equation. The PowaKaddy FW7s GPS retails for £699. 5 OVERALL CONCLUSION This project isn’t a small undertaking. The technologies that are required to provide the user with all the functionality this golf trolley is aiming to give exist and are available, along with all the hardware and electronic components.
LED Streetlight Design (Family)
- a Family of LED Streetlights (5 Variants). - Need a market changing design.. which will define and change the market. - Basic standard design and descriptions given below. - Basic industry designs pictures have been attached in the ZIP file. Sizes: As per below 5 variants.