The O-Store family is very excited about our newest product: an orienteering clock! The o-clock has all the features of a regular race clock plus the universally recognizable orienteering beeps! Our clock is great for use as either a start clock or a finish line clock at all your events. And of course a clock with all the start beeps is particularly valuable at any championship event. As organizers and participants ourselves, we’ve tried to incorporate in our clock all the features that we would want to have available. Here are some details:
Now that you know a little bit about the clock, we hope you'll invest in one for your club or event and let us know what you think of it! We are always open to feedback and are looking forward to continuing the development and improvement of this passion project.
If you're interested, read on for a little bit of behind the scenes/making of!
The R&D Process
This project has been on our minds for a long while and the COVID-19 lockdown provided the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with it. We now had the chance to delve in and start building.
|Our home office white board was perfect for drawing out our design ideas.|
|Here's a few more early drawings. These were our ideas for the battery case.|
|We tested various possibilities for the display and software design. Here you see the time display on two panels. We decided to add another panel, allowing us to increase the size of each digit.|
|We used one of our favourite toys in the basement, the CNC router, to create the front of the case.|
|Here you see the three panels and larger digits with the front of the case for a better sense of what it would eventually look like.|
|Even during breaks we couldn't stop thinking about the readability of our clock|
|Even once we had the design it took several attempts to perfect the battery case.|
|Here's an early pre-assembly of the clock case.|