I see great potential for this product in a number of sectors out of the consumer market. I work for an Electricity Distributor in Australia who has a statewide Customer, and Asset Base. This product inspires so many ideas, one that simply comes to mind is for Field use. Imagine this product is in the hands of a Team Leader in the field. In the morning, they activate Shima through their preferred Siri-esque Assistant. "Show me my first job for today". A stream of precise information appears before their eyes....pictures, work instruction, material lists, site contacts, GPS location of the affected Asset, then using the Nav mod to get them there..all the while, they haven't had to take their eyes of the road. This is a really basic example of how I see it utilised in my industry, however the impact to the business in the scenario is 2 fold, Productivity Increase and more importantly an increase of commitment to Safety. Yes, at this point-in-time Shima is the only product in it's league (that I am aware of at least) that will offer such opportunity to Consumers and Industry alike, that window is closing. Shima will not be the only one in the market for long. If there are other schmuks like me that can see real business benefit in this...they will hunt for it, or something like it. I am not yet a financial supporter of Shima, however..I do want it to succeed and quickly. I think there would be great benefit in reaching out to various industries with the intention of initiating a professional user group to explore the uses of Shima in their own organisations and hopefully provide Laforge avenues that they may not have considered trekking down.
Apr 11, 2019
Just going to drop some images of the latest prototype. I will discuss this in more detail in the next episode of "Don't Ask When". The painted ones below were originally meant for Earl D. and Kyle L. but due to a minor wiring issue we're gonna keep these and send them out an improvement. The eyewear you see below are latest iteration and serve as more of a fitment test. The black piece that looks like it holding the lenses is actually a frame cover. The next iteration will have this piece be brought in closer to he actual frame front (this will reduce visual mass). The temples are pretty much set design-wise, we are very pleased with how these came out. We are going to make them a little longer so they aren't as tight on the ears. These samples represent content that was custom designed by the LAFORGE team in California (our previous prototypes were a combination of exiting eyewear, custom components, and some off-the-shelf stuff). The frames are laser cut stainless steel (production will probably be laser cut titanium). Everything that is painted black was 3D printed (production will initially be injection molded plastic and later down the road some parts will be made from acetate). With exception to the laser cut, 3D printed parts, and the PCB, this was handbuilt. The lenses were hand cast & hand cut, this was hand painted, hand wired, and the frames were hand formed (shaped). These took a bit longer to assemble than I would have liked and future version will feature some hand welds to simplify assembly. LMK your thoughts. Thanks for the support thus far!