Motorola Solutions LI2208

  • Motorola Solutions asked us to redesign their best selling scanner of all time, the LS2208.
     
    With over 5 million units sold to date, we think that we have successfully given the LI2208 a newer, timeless look and feel. No doubt, many more will be sold...
  • Crisp lines, smart uses of materials characterize the new LI2208.
  • See-thru render shows super-efficient single pcb/engine combo with bright, user-guided visual LED feedback.
    Strategic rubber overmolds on handle and nose cap add haptic feel and added wear points/ruggedness.
  • We designed the LI2208 assembly to be literally a 'snap'. Two screws add extra ruggedness.
  • Countless design concepts were explored, from corded to cordless ones...
  • ...to new assembly methods...
  • ... and to different ways to establish a 'higher end feel'
  • Here we explored using a metal insert (or vacuum metalised plastic piece) which provided double duty as a LED lightpipe as well as an appealing highend accent hidden under the clear plastic and exposed at the sides.
  • Here, we're crafting a story around a simple assembly along with an accessory stand that ties into a feature on the foot.  Accessories are often the forgotten afterthought to a design, but can spell the difference between a design that works for a retailer's needs, and one that doesn't.
  • "The details are not the details. They make the product. The connections, the connections, the connections." - Charles Eames
     
    Here as we close in on an overall aesthetic, the canopy goes through a multitude of smaller, nuanced iterations in order to find that key balance of shape, proportion and emotional appeal.
  • The numerous concepts were narrowed down to 2; a more conservative V1 on the right, versus the more radical V2 on the left
  • V1 shows a more refined and modern-edgy styling with a comfortable ergonomic rubber-overmould extending down the handle.
     
    V2 is much more of a departure from the Motorola Solutions design language at the time; bringing in a stronger angular profile, along with prominent high-end detailing like the metal lightpipe exposed at the sides and a design that incorporates a removable door in the handle to access the batteries for the wireless version.
  • Screengrab from ProEngineer/Creo of one of the appearance models before the radii are added. 
     
    Deciding when and where to add in features like radii are important during the development of a design.  Add them in too early and you risk causing downstream problems during feature changes and updates; add them in too late and the radii will often be limited by internal constraints and the ability for Parametric CAD programs to impliment large, aesthetic surfaces.
  • Mouldflow analysis (Injection fill time) for the handle substrate
  • Mouldflow analysis (Volumetric shrinkage) for the handle substrate