No training required, we might not even put an instruction booklet with it, fill in the number of people in the room, get the average cost, and count !
SETUP THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE MEETING
Before the meeting, on the back of the counter, there is a knob that lets you adjust the number of people in the room.
The counter will show you the amount that you're adjusting. You can change this amount by pausing the counter and adjusting during the meeting.
SETUP THE AVERAGE COST OF PEOPLE IN THE MEETING
Before the meeting, on the back of the counter, there is a knob that lets you adjust average cost of people in the room.
Be carefull, we're not speaking of their salary, we're speaking of their cost for the company. That's usually a salary x2. Just do a guess, no need to be precise.
We can't help you guessing the cost of people present. That depends too much of the company, the work done etc...
If it's your team you can use a calculator. If it's not, you can still guess by considering the others in the room to have the same salary than you in average, and your boss to get 30% more.
On the back of Tim we'll put a table for transforming annual and monthly cost to hourly cost, wich is the unit of the Tim.
On the top of the Tim Counter, there is a "start/pause" button. Click on it once to start the calculation and look at the screen in Live the USD/EUR being spent !
You can pause the counter for the breaks, and restart it when coming back.
A reset button on the back is here when you start a new meeting.
START THE COUNTER
The campaign has no way to fail, because the product is actually already finished in an industrial maneer. The factories are ok and we already have their quotation and timing. Here is an insight of wat's inside Tim and how it was made.
The product was tested on an open source board called Arduino.
This little cheap board allowed the product to be tested quickly an cheaply.
Most of electronic products now go through those boards, because they allow you to test your programs and components with low skills on electronic and coding, and with no soldering.
ARDUINO AND OPEN SOURCES
The program and the electronics then needed to be passed to a more "industrial" version.
I used a microcontroller (the brain) called Attiny. It allows to go from 19€/board for an Arduino, to 2,5€/controller. But you need to put a lot of things around this brain for it to function.
The first prototypes were made in "through hole" technologie, wich allows for quick soldering.
I used the excellent PcbWay to prototype PCBs.
MAKE IT "MANUFACTURABLE"
Another Technology for soldering electronic is called "Surface Mount Devices". The components are way smaller, and way cheaper (the brain goes from 2,5€/pcs to 0,89€/pcs).
But they're so small that you can't actually solder them by hand. Hopefully I used TechShop to help me with that and made a full industrial product that I sent to my friend Mark in China.
REDUCE THE COST
MAKE A BOX AROUND IT
I designed the "casing" for plastic injection modling and used Ultimaker and Formlabs as 3D printers to test my shapes.
When you design for plastic injection you want the piece to have draft that allows the plastic to get out of the mold, and you can't exess 2mm thickness everywhere, so you need to think your "box" in a different way.
I used Fusion360 for that, a magic tool for all startups
MAKE IT INDUSTRIAL
Injecting plastic is cheap, but getting the mold to get it injected is amazingly expensive !
I used a French Startup called RD2 Innovate, that has developped a new system to 3D ptint my molds and then make the injection.
Thus I had the molds quickly and could testout injections for the casing. the front cover is laser-cut at TechShop.