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samdirani

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Alternative Chromecast Design
« on: September 04, 2013, 06:21:18 PM »
Hi everyone, my name is Sam Dirani.  I am an Industrial Designer, a huge Google fan, and now a Chromecast fan.  Ironically I still anxiously await my Chromecast's arrival, but have read most everything there is too know about the Chromecast online, including the great break-down at ifixit.com! 

It would be a dream come true to work for Google one day, but until that day comes, I wanted to take a shot at the design itself.  Google is one of those companies that truly inspire, with an incredible following and a seemingly unlimited supply of talented people, they are never afraid to ask, "What if...?". 

With great respect and admiration for the Google Industrial Design team that brought us Chromecast, I wanted to also ask myself, "What if?":  Not so much a product redesign, but more of a brief exploration into what it might be like designing the Chromecast for Google.

The three project pages in the linked album(Coroflot-Online Design Portfolio) follow my attempt at a Chromecast design that asks the question, "What if, we didn't make it a dongle?"

Feedback, as always, is welcome and appreciated.  Link below, and I will try my best to add the three images directly to this thread.

Thank you all in advance!  And if you like my work, please pass it on!   Sam

http://www.coroflot.com/samdirani/Google-Chromecast-Design



JayJ

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Re: Alternative Chromecast Design
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2013, 01:34:13 AM »
Hi Sam,

While your design is undoubtedly beautiful I think you've over thought the whole design. The dongle of Googles design is simple and clean whereas your design on page 2 & 3, whilst stunning to look at defeats the simple plug-in and forget about nature of the Chromecast.

With my TV, a wall mounted 42" Panasonic Plasma, I unfortunately have to use the HDMI adapter because the port points out rather than off to the side. If my TV wasn't wall mounted this wouldn't be a problem but it is. Also I use the power cable, honestly yet to discover whether my TV has a USB output. Your design although would work just well on my setup seems that it would hang down from my TV or just hang there on any other with a side mounted HDMI output. While to some degree my Chromecast does hang because I use the HDMI extension, it still isn't visible from the front of the TV. I especially think this would be problematic for people with wall mounted TV's although these are probably the minority, they should still be considered.

I hope we see see 3rd party development for the Chromecast soon and it would have been nice to have additional features but whereas the Nexus Q failed, the Chromecast has succeeded to gain that living room space Google so desperately needed. I think the design is all it needs to be for something that is a plug-in and forget device.

Jason.

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« Last Edit: September 16, 2013, 01:38:58 AM by JayJ »

Ninjafuma

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Re: Alternative Chromecast Design
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2015, 11:15:38 PM »
Hello everyone, my name is Diego Nice to meet you.

 


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