Powering a Classroom in a Box.

BRCK
Kio Kit

Schools everywhere benefit from the tools and technologies of the digital age. But delivering those tools and technologies to schools in rural Africa can be complicated by extreme weather and challenging infrastructure. So we partnered with BRCK to develop a ruggedized, powered case for the Kio Kit.

Some Brains. And Some Brawn.

The BRCK cellular backhaul Wi-Fi router was developed specifically for the unique conditions of rural Africa. Paired with tablet computers, the BRCK connects kids in the most remote villages to the same information and learning tools available to kids in any city. That’s the Kio Kit: a classroom in a box with 40 tablets and a central connection point and hub. But charging all those tablets and keeping them safe from weather, theft, and the sometimes less-than-smooth rural roads while the kits are moved from one classroom requires some smart—and tough—design.    

Hacking Our Way to One Button.

At the beginning of a design sprint focused on creating six prototypes for the Kio Kit’s ruggedized, powered case, we set a clear goal: one-button operation. Basically, we wanted the entire platform—with all 40 tablets—to be powered on and off with a single button. This required some hacking—physically opening the tablets and inserting a type of inductive receiver that we’d been experimenting with on another project and then putting them back together in a way that aligned the receivers with the inductive coils we designed into the protective foam inserts. 

Client

BRCK

Industry

Technology

Services

Innovation Management, Integrated UX + ID Solutions, Product Development, Design Implementation

Expertise

Industrial Design, User Experience, Prototyping