The complete development process for the HyphaMESH product family, encompassing the HyphaCAP + HyphaMAP devices, was a systematic and professional journey, effectively harnessing the intertwined disciplines of Research, Concept, Development, Electronics, and Management into Production, all within a tight deadline of just 200 days for the HyphaCAP.
With a thorough understanding of the criticality of user context, we conducted extensive research and needs analysis involving prospective end-users from the emergency services and public safety sectors. The insights gleaned were invaluable in shaping our design decisions, leading to user-centric, functional devices effective even in communication blackspots.
For HyphaCAP, a ruggedised, versatile handheld device, we integrated a vibrant and tactile TPE overmould that accentuates grip and key touch points. An ergonomic form, clear LED status indicators, and one-handed operability were included for the convenience of frontline workers. Most notably, we developed a hot-swap battery solution, enabling the device to maintain constant network connectivity for 12 hours, even during battery changes.
In designing the HyphaMAP, we optimised device footprint and thickness to balance portability, thermal distribution, and system functionality. The integration of interchangeable OEM modules and universal components was a strategic move to improve manufacturing and assembly efficiencies. Signature LED indicators echo the user-friendly approach employed in the HyphaCAP.
The process was an iterative cycle of prototyping, testing, and refining. The resultant devices have met, and in many respects, surpassed the design brief's requirements. Their distinct features and compatibility not only maximise functionality but also enhance the overall HyphaMESH network offering. Their professional execution within a demanding timeframe, combined with their inherent adaptability, demonstrate an outstanding example of exceeding the design brief. This project is a testament to the power of a well-structured, professional design process in creating products that deliver excellence and reliability.