Tick Tock Turtle Kids Alarm Clock by Daniel Lau

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Tick Tock Turtle

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Kids Alarm Clock

INSPIRATION:
The inspiration behind the design was it had to be beautiful yet functional. The shape and pattern of the clock naturally led to a turtle as a child friendly design. The design was created with the thought that the display and the clock numbers needed to be large enough for children to easily see while keeping all parental buttons completely hidden away. Considerations were made that physical buttons must be included for ease of use as opposed to a wireless approach.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Tick Tock Turtle is a fully modular design that can be outfitted with various child friendly outer appearances. The patent pending inner design allows an array of parental settings buttons to be hidden away from view inside its shell which also a button for kids. When the sunrise lights are activated, the plates of the shell illuminate one by one slowly getting brighter form a fully lit shell.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Tick Tock Turtle was designed to be the all-in-one sleep companion. With a wide range of functions, its key features include wake up lights and sleep cycle detection, both of which require the clock to be placed on the mattress next a sleeping child. The silicone material allows the unit to securely stick to the mattress even through child movement on the bed. Settings are made by parents in a hidden layer under the shell. Throughout the night the child can press the shell as a button to activate the night light function of the clock. This also shows the progression of time throughout the night.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in April 2017 and was finished in May 2018

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
A significant amount of time was spent prototyping to account for the optics of the shell light effect. Varying shapes of the lenses needed to be adjusted to produce a rounded circle on the shell when lit up. Different finishes on the lenses and translucency on the shell were experimented with to reach the desired illuminated soft dot effect.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
200 mm x 200 mm x 76 mm 0.47 kg

TAGS:
Kids clock, sleep trainer, learn time, sleep aid, light alarm, sleep cycle alarm, portable alarm, activity timer

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The design of the clock originated based on market survey and patent research where the goal was to implement all of the key health and learning features of existing clocks in a new kids friendly design. Market surveys were done based on online retail analysis tools and patent research was outsourced prior to design. The design was further validated by going through a successful crowdfunding campaign.

CHALLENGE:
Based on user survey, it was unanimous that a two tone design was the favored as opposed to a single tone design. The most difficult challenge of this design was ensuring the two tone silicone outer housing was reproducible in a production environment at a cost that would support retail of the product. After multiple trials, it was found that double injection of plastic to produce a two tone silicone product could not meet the product target costs and quality requirements. The final product uses a single tone color injection mold with a silicone paint spray overlay to produce the desired design.

ADDED DATE:
2018-06-12 09:17:55

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Daniel Lau, Sabrina Chen, Allen Wang, Jax Liao, Tilin Li, William Liu, Kelly Chow, Archo Yeh and

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image Credits: Duncan Longden Photography

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Patent Pending. 29616289. Daniel Lau. 2017. USA Patent Pending. 29616301. Daniel Lau. 2017. USA Patented. ZL 2017304632325. Daniel Jiarmin Lau. 2018. China Patented. ZL 2017304621458. Daniel Jiarmin Lau. 2018. China

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
emagine A

PROFILE:
emagine A based in Anaheim, CA USA designs smart household products for families to promote family health, learning and independence in children. Using science backed studies and the latest technologies, emagine A aims to bring better solutions to enhance the daily lives of families across the world.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Tick Tock Turtle Kids Alarm Clock by Daniel Lau is a Nominee in Baby, Kids' and Children's Products Design Category.

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Tick Tock Turtle Kids Alarm Clock by Daniel Lau is Winner in Baby, Kids' and Children's Products Design Category, 2018 - 2019.

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