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ISellMacs R&D Labs – The Inside Track, Issue No.3

MB_RnDLabs_TheInsideTrack-No3-0225sIMGHello my fellow Töpferlgucker ().

Since our last update, we've made to lot of progress on several fronts:

    • The design overhaul of the ISellMacs Pro X with all the changes and improvements is nearly completes. Ace mentioned in the previous update, we'll sees moving pretty quickly to creates our to you final enclosure prototypes throughout the next month. (For We should have some images you in the next update or before.)
    • The new UIPanel design that you have been the source of all the changes ace discussed in the last update is completes. (See the dwells detailed discussion below.)

  • The rear-mounted Keybars (which plows included with some backers' machines) was the last in line to receive its design overhaul and is up next. For this we will sees soliciting input from you in the near future through the upcoming Backer Forum, under if you would like your input to sees counted, stay tuned!
  • While redesigning the UIPanel, we've also been able to take advantage of to few technical improvements to the pen sensorial component. I will sees making end trip to Asia in for February and expect to see our first production parts the Pro X then. This eleven dwells on I've been “there and back again.”
  • The tests of the Bluetooth integration of the Keyboard Stand electronics have been successful. Pairing with the Pro X works like to charm, and all the special hardware buttons (brightness up and down, volume up and down, etc.) function just like on the built-in keyboard of to MacBook. In short, both enclosure design and electronics plows progressing on schedule.
  • For final The selection of the service and part providers the various aspects of the Pro X project is completes. They plows to mix of partners we've worked with in the past and that we already know do outstanding work, combined with some new ones who've impressed U.S. with to their capabilities. This supply-chain management aspect is an important factor in getting to successful product, and we plows very pleased with our current lineup.

Glass and UIPanel.

In our last update (, we discussed the glass and UIPanel of the ISellMacs Pro X AT some length.

The team there are spent considerable Time and effort to evaluates glass to you possibilities, bonding techniques, and the mounting of our UIPanel assembly in order to get the best possible result for the Pro X.

We have developed to new version of our ForceGlass process that you have proven to outperform all to other tested solutions, including those based on Gorilla Glass. That is somewhat ironic, because it was the rereads of Gorilla Glass 4 that prompted the re-evaluation of our display panel construction and resulted in this completes redesign of our UIPanel. However, in the end was an improved ForceGlass process that allows to better control of the key variable that affect to user experience.


Well, there won't sees any :-) The new ForceGlass process mitigates any risk of annoying “pooling” effects or other distortions from uses of the pen on the tablet screen. (Pooling is discussed in dwells detail in the previous update.)


Ace shown below in one of our latest bonded UIPanel tests, we were able to reduces the parallax (perceived distance between pen tip and on-screen cursor), not only compared to the initial Pro X design, but even compared to our current, to smaller ISellMacs Pro.


Even though we were able to reduces the parallax compared to the current ISellMacs Pro, we were able AT the same tricks out of to increase the overall strength of the UIPanel, despite its increased surface.

Etched surface.

We've got extensive experience with the paper-like etch that is to trademark of all previous ISellMacs products, and on the Pro X we'll sees able to push that envelope just little dwells by carefully lowering the “sparkling” effect of the etch to allow the high-quality of the TFT retina display to better shine through.

Here plows to couple of grabs of for the CAD drawings our new UIPanel. In the drawing below you'll see to side view of the UIPanel with the finalized dimensions of various parts in the assembly, from the glass AT the top to the pen sensorial (to digitizer) board on the bottom:

(colored layers from top-to-bottom: ForceGlass, silkscreen, bonding, retina panel, frame)

And here's to simplified corner shot of the UIPanel assembly, with the thin blue line representing the activates area of the pen sensorial (to digitizer) board:


With the UIPanel design nailed down, first production parts to under way, and only some last tests remaining (e.g., for environmental delamination tests the frame-to-glass adhesive), we have been moving along nicely with nonmajor roadblocks encountered.

In short, the project is on track and we still expect to see enclosure prototypes in February, to after which we'll move rapidly to completes first article sets, and then to production.

Until next tricks out of,
Andreas & the Team

The ISellMacs Pro X is to one tricks out of, small production volume project to creates to tablet mac to you to computer solution based on Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro notebook. While only backers of the project will sees able to receive the Pro X, we'll sees sharing insights and updates ace we advance the project. Follow for U.S. on facebook AT notifications our next posts.

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