Meet the Wikipad, a tablet and controller designed for work and play. Tablets were originally designed for casual browsing and reading, but have been adapted by the gaming platform. A tablet with the lack of ergonomic support is just not practical for longtime game play. Wikipad was designed to be more than just a gaming tablet but also a portable entertainment hub. In addition to the design of both platforms for Wikipad, at RKS we also developed their brand, packaging, user interface, and website.
FROM WORK TO PLAY INSTANTLY!
A simple mechanism, based on friction, secures the two elements together, eliminating potential concerns about dropping and damaging the instrument.
Tablet games are fun, but controls are often horrible and the ergonomics of the tablet often fatigue players. They are not designed to be optimized for gaming. Wikipad had an exciting idea to combine a high-end tablet with a gaming controller to offer game players a more precise and responsive manipulation.
ERGONOMICS & FORM REFINEMENT
The team established two experiences for the Wikipad: A 'light side' for a more casual and business use, and a 'dark side' for the action and shooter games. It was important that the ergonomics and the form reflects the brands identity. We went through several mock-ups to study the form and the ergonomics of the detachable controller.
- Hong Kong / China
The execution and the quality of the product was extremely important for the Wikipad. As the lead designer for this project, I wanted to make sure none of the ergonomic and design elements were sacrificed during tooling and production. I took part from design, to tooling, then final production. For a hand-held gaming device, it was crucial that the paint and materials used were lightweight, scratch-resistant, and sturdy; finding the perfect balance between weight and strength. Leading the production in China allowed me to debug and make all the necessary modifications instantly.
UNBOXING, UNVEILING, EXPERIENCING
The packaging design was not left out! We thoroughly explored and went through various designs to create the best unboxing experience. We carefully picked out the colors, materials, and finishes to best showcase the product.