Spark IoT is a compact, hand-held, and mid-range 1D/2D/RFID scanner designed for multiple workflows in front retail businesses and back of house. This product provides the ultimate mobility for store associates.
Problem Statement
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Available scanners in the market are typically bulky, heavy, pricey, and mostly exclusive only to a single operating system. This exclusivity makes it difficult and costly for business owners to switch platforms in the future.
Identified user pain points:
+ Large equipment is less desirable for in-store applications because the user needs to be agile and convenient to move around.
+ Heavy equipment fatigued worker.
+ The lack of reliable RFID solution makes certain tasks very tedious and slows down the employee’s productivity and business operations.
Product Purpose
Design a modular, compact, lightweight, cost-effective, and platform agnostic mobile scanner that are compatible for both iOS and Android.
Additionally, I had to come up with a solution and produced a functional high fidelity CnC prototype over the course of 5 weeks.
Design Process
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Utilizing the Otterbox uniVERSE case system allowed me to focus on the mobile scanner. So I conducted 2D sketch ideation to visualize the product aesthetic, modularity feature, ergonomic form factor, charging method, and the overall product assembly.
Prototype, Test, Iterate
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The most challenging part of this design is to make it accommodating for all the iOS platform as well as some of the Android devices. I explored different variations of attachments that would work well in both landscape and portrait mode.
Modularity Approach
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After a series of prototyping and testing several mechanical attachments, I arrived at one final design that utilized a single locking module which can be easily removed and reattached just using one pair of screws.
Final Design
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After completing the prototypes, I prepared marketing assets such as sell sheets and presentations for the executive team to bring to the RFID Journal Tradeshow.
UX/UI Design
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Once the hardware development was completed, I started developing the app design for the iOS. Unfortunately, this development was cut short due to business reasons, but I gained a lot of knowledge and experience in designing product for digital platform.
RESULTS & OUTCOME
16+ Devices
Compatibility with Android and iOS platform

$300,000+
Estimated cost saving in tooling & manufacturing
6 months+
Faster development time and time to market

The 1st
1D/2D/RFID scanner that is compact, modular, lightweight, and platform agnostic.
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