Sara is the only home assistant with a 360-degree rotating camera lens that leverages AI to provide a more personalized experience and unique opportunities, unlike similar products on the market.
The Mindsailors team has been in charge of the whole product development process, from the finest design aspects like fabric selection through PCB and hardware development, as the project's sole partner.
The client's main expectation was that the device should look attractive, friendly and more innovative than other voice assistant devices on the market. They also had initial prototypes based on CCTV cameras.
We explored various materials and manufacturing technologies, as well as how the device should look and the type of components needed for embedded hardware.
We prepared 4 visual concepts and presented them to the client so that they could choose the most favourable direction. At this phase, we did not know much about the electronics and how they would be mounted, so the concept's dimensions were not 100% accurate.
We added buttons to avoid going into too much detail in the previous phase. The client was satisfied with the selected concept, so there was no need to make any aesthetical changes.
We 3D printed 3 full scale prototypes within the range of a single block just to better reflect the devices actual size. We fully equipped each prototype to make sure they would operate as planned.
So the first functional prototype came to be. It was nearly identical to how the final product would function and look. We did need to go through one more iteration, which changed the way the device would fold. We picked a suitable fabric that wouldn’t absorb any sound and we ran an audio quality check.
Closing this development stage we updated the 3 prototypes to equal specification.
At this stage we focused on refining all the elements to best fit the desired production technology with active involvement of the selected manufacturer. We also prepared the necessary documentation, guides and recommendations for materials to be used in production.
We worked with a team on the chosen manufacturers side to work out design details that would help optimise the production process. We were also responsible for running a quality check to ensure full functionality and a material-wise flaw-free final product.
Unlike similar products on the market, Sara is the only home assistant equipped with a 360-degree rotatable camera lens that uses the power of AI to unlock a more personalised experience and unique opportunities.
We are a team with a full range of knowledge in product development from A to Z. We believe that our most successful projects result from shared ideas and the good relationships we form with our clients.