The University of Surrey approached PDC with the need for a fast, cost effective design consultancy to aid in the design and manufacture of an elegant enclosure for their data collection device. The need to design a functional, stylish solution which would look at home on a desk was only one part of the brief; it was also paramount to keep costs down so the device would be accessible to more customers and therefore collect more data.
The Desk Egg is a multipurpose sensor device, which is being used in commercial and residential spaces. This allows for multiple factors such as humidity and air pollution levels to be monitored in a passive way, without causing distractions. The collected data can then be monitored, analysed and used in research studies to improve environmental conditions.
University of Surrey came to us with a hardware and software prototype but without a design for the customer facing enclosure, to hold the multiple sensors and circuit boards. The tiny details and intricate operating windows for each of the sensors created multiple design constraints, which guided the design of Desk Egg’s internals. We designed and created a small, functional enclosure while keeping costs to a minimum and providing a design which could allow for future iterations of the internal hardware.