T.Jacket as we know it today has gone through several iterations. Since we laid them out for Walkaboutsg 2014, we thought it'd be fun to show you the 7 that came before it!
1. Hacked (modified extremely well) from a child's inflatable life vest and integrated into a winter jacket, open up the vest and you'll find an inflatable life vest inside! This version of T.Jacket has travelled to Taiwan for Demo Asia.
2. A sample vest from a factory that makes life jackets in China. Definitely needed to be more fashionable - popular opinion: it looks like a vest used by people who do manual work.
3a. Same as 3b, just with a different appearance! 3a & 3b were used to try out the first version of a double layered vest. This has a netting with pockets, and the air bags are slot between the netting and the vest.
3b. Same as 3a, just with a different appearance! This vest was also used to explore different air bag designs: 4 horizontal airbags? 4 vertical airbags? 1 airbag piece with pleats? These and more were all tried out!
4. This is the first prototype of the modern day T.Jacket. This means it's the first one which consists of the garment and inflatable layer+lining held together by a zip-around.
5. The first two vests which managed to land in the hands of our first 20 trial users! Made improvements to aesthetics, wearability, washability and comfort. The vests have travelled to Indonesia!
6. This T.Jacket has been to Hannover, Germany for CeBIT! Sewn by our designer, Yvonne, to try out various materials, looks and styles, it was worn by the team on the way to the exhibition. (It was probably 25 degrees Celsius colder than Singapore's weather!)
7. This T.Jacket has been to Hannover, Germany for CeBIT! You can also say it also forms the basic design for the T.Jacket today!
The experimental T.Shirt
Conceived of and sewn during the period we were experimenting with different clothing forms! This isn't a vest, but a shirt! It was worn out to Yakun (a local Singapore coffee and tea house with yummy drinks and bread with butter and kaya (coconut jam)), and it sure made our designer look really buff ;)
Hope you enjoyed meeting these guys! It was fun taking them out again and revisiting what we've done and learnt these 3 years! :)
And a photo to end this post off.....
T.Jacket predecessors falling in line!
Answer: we believe all these groups (and more) face problems which can be solved with T.Ware’s technology!
We concluded this during our Hapathon.
Our Hapathon - A Haptics technology Hackathon of course – a T.Ware special!
We started this week with a crazy session of ideating, brainstorming and value creation. We had two teams
comprising hustlers, hipsters and hackers and we had some friendly competition in a bid to see who came up with the more awesome idea.
We explored using different tools, and this time, we used the Lean Canvas and Bud Caddell’s diagram as tools for the session. They were awesome – forced us to evaluate decisions, assess addressable market and made us think long and hard about the changes we want to make in this world.
Beyond the new ideas that we’re excited to bring to life, the tools reaffirmed what we’ve always known - that we’re a team that’s passionate about doing the things we believe in.
If you’re thinking of coming on board to change the world, drop us a call/email/visit. We want to hear from you.
We sent 20 of our (version 4) T.Jacket prototypes out to people. Of course by this time we’d already tried the jacket with many children during several demo sessions, and spoken with different therapists about it too.
We soon found out that this was a much different and more critical test. Getting direct responses from the users felt rather like sending a child unprotected to the first day of kindergarten.