And now when I have almost everything I need – one thing still missing I can make myself on our CNC milling machine. Now I am waiting for myself 😉
Days only have 24hours and since I still work on other projects, the time for mine is scarce. Thus this delay in any updates and actually also the reason for – again – postponing my bike trip.
But as I was 40 this May, I promised myself a longer vacation and to cycle from my home towards Portugal. So I am doing everything to finalise all the open projects and start turning pedals as soon as possible. Even if it brings some delay to my own RotoWallet project.
Watch out this space for the next update. And have a great summer!
I guess you are wondering what I am up to right now and why there are still no photos of the RotoWallet on my blog.
I am in the process of converting a prototype to a serial product. Small series that is, but still. Prototype is one thing, but when you want to start producing, small – expected and of course also unexpected problems turn up. And resolving those might take more time than we’d like. This is exactly what so often happens with Kickstarter projects. As they are mostly fundend still in prototype or even in an early concept stage and when they succeed with possibly even higher backer number than expected, the pressure to bring the final product to market is great as backers often get frustrated with delays.
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So how did I come to slim / minimal wallets?
I am not exactly sure but I think it was actually on Kickstarter a few years back when I first found out about this crowdfunding platform. I saw a slim wallet design and I immediately liked it. As I always have and have had a problem where to put my wallet.
Since then I always liked to check out new development in this field but mostly all these wallet designs offered no solution for carrying coins. So not acceptable for me as I sometimes even have more coins than paper in my wallet 😉 It was finally FusionWallet which solved the coin problem.
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I am doing everything to ensure RotoWallet will really be “made in Europe“. Not just finalised and assembled by me here in Slovenia but I do not want to order parts from China or any third world countries.
Why? Because I am allergic to seeing “made in China” on almost anything I pick up and very often it could have easily been made in Europe. Even more so when it comes to fruits and vegetables. I do not understand why do we have to import garlic from China as it grows locally and plums from Argentina? Makes absolutely no sense!
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Keplero Luxury wallet can be as thin or as thick as you need it to be. Thanks to their innovative use of strong magnets to stack plates together.
You can store cards on either side of each plate and you open up the wallet like a paper folding fan. This makes it easy to find and acces the card you need.
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There are quite a few variations of the expandable card wallets on the market… These I guess, are the thinnest wallets you can have and they mostly consist of two plates or fronts (of various materials) held together by rubber / silicone o-rings or an elastic band.
Slimtech pictured above has a very simple carbon fiber or aluminum design. You have an option to add a carbon fiber strap for storing banknotes and you may brighten it up a bit with tension straps of various colors. Continue reading As thin as possible
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Decadent Minimalist wallets are just that. Simple! But this does not mean it was simple to construct/design. The most important feature of this minimalist wallet is definitely the principle how it holds cards in place.
The great thing about it is, it uses the casing itself as a spring to keep cards securely locked inside. Everything made of a single block of aluminum or titanium. Keeping things so simple is not always that easy. So, congratulations are in order!
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So let’s take a quick look at what other mini wallets are available on the market…
First the FusionWallet which inspired me to start thinking of my own product. What I like most about its design are the wooden sides. My favourite would be wallnut (or cherry and pear – the reddish type of wood) and those kinds at that with lots of irregularities, not the “clean” ones.
I like the simplicity of the Fusion wallet and its minimalist design. The fact that you can see screws which are kind of a design feature. And what is the winning reason for my praise? It is the fact that it holds coins. Finally a very nice small technical wallet with storage for coins!
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So what do you say of the written out form of the RotoWallet logo?
From the ground up I designed the RotoWallet to be versatile, customisable and upgradable. What does all this mean?
First of all there will be left and righthanded models available. As we each hold the wallet in a different hand and this will allow it to feel more natural for everyone.
You will be able to upgrade the base with optional extras based on your needs and habits. Upgrades currently in the process of design are: money clip, adjustable third compartment, RFID/NFC blocking and two electronic modules. More about the later follows 😉
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