Saturday, October 17, 2020

SAFE WALLET 12 Family for iPhone 12

 

SAFE WALLET 12 Family

for ALL 4 iPhone 12 Models


We are underway with our SAFE WALLET 12 family which will cover the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Max. This all-new 4th generation of SAFE WALLET model will be revolutionary for many reasons and will be designated as the "BulletProof Series"!




The Best iPhone Wallet Case

Is About To Get Even Better


So why name the 4th generation of SAFE WALLETs The BulletProof Series? In the past, the first 3 generations of SAFE WALLET were made with Polycarbonate which is hard plastic. The first and third generation (current) SAFE WALLET models featured TPU bumper systems. TPU is the acronym for Thermoplastic PolyUrethane.  

Making the 4th Generation SAFE WALLET entirely from TPU offers the following advantages:

  • Increased comfort and rubber-like grip with softer touch feel coupled with abrasion resistance.
  • Superb impact strength which is shatterproof.
  • Unaffected by oil and grease and other solvents (examples: hand oils, moisturizers, sunblock)

The BulletProof series ads features including ribbing on both sides which makes the SAFE WALLET even more grippy and slip-proof, while giving it a sportier vibe.

We recently moved our production from China to the United States as we experienced so many challenges. We believe this will result in a much better experience across the board including time to market.

We anticipate the 4th Generation being available for purchase on these dates:

SAFE WALLET 12 | 12 PRO: January 1, 2020.

SAFE WALLET 12 Mini: February 1, 2021.

SAFE WALLET 12 PRO MAX: February 1, 2021.


We also plan to come out with 4th Generation SAFE WALLETs for the iPhone Xs, as well as the 11, 11 PRO and 11 PRO MAX in March of 2021 as we want everybody who owns an iPhone to be able to significantly benefit from our SAFE WALLET design.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Options for Using The BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform with a Windows PC



Options for Using 

The BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform

With a Windows PC



A customer wrote in recently and asked if the BulletTrain Keyboard Platform worked with a PC running Windows. They asked:

"I have one of your products for Mac keyboard and trackpad which I love. However I may have to go and work in an office with PCs and don't want to do myself damage with a desk-based keyboard and click-mouse. Is there any way to adapt one of these for PC? Do you make one for PC - or know how I might get one?"

The short answer is 'Yes', and here are some things to consider:


Basic PC Compatibility

Since the Apple Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard are Bluetooth you can use them with a PC. Just pair them using Bluetooth and they will work. The only drawback with this approach is that it would lack the gesture features that allow you to useful things like scroll with two fingers to go up and down a page as well as using gestures to swipe back and forth in a browser window.


Boot Camp Compatibility

From what I understand if you run the Mac OS on an Intel based Mac using the available Apple Boot Camp drivers, everything should work like a Mac.



Install Apple Magic Trackpad
with Windows Precision Drivers

I discovered a few videos that offer insight on how to use Windows Precision Drivers to get the Apple Trackpad gestures to work perfectly and you can learn more in the following video.








Paid Drivers


There is a company named Magic Utilities that offers a product named Magic Trackpad Utilities. The only drawback is that they charge a yearly subscription fee to use their product, but as you see in the image below it looks well designed and easy to use. Since it is Software As a Service the developer it incentives to keep it up to date. Also, they offer a free fully functional 28 day trial and they offer two versions which support Windows 7+8 & 10.





ChromeBook Compatibility

The video below shows how to use the Magic Trackpad 2 with a Chromebook including all the gestures:



iPad Compatibility

I wrote an article about how the BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform is now 100% compatible with all iPads. You can learn much more by checking out my article about how the Apple Magic Trackpad 2 is now 100% compatible with Apple iPads iOS.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Magic TrackPad Fully Compatible with Magic Trackpad



Update on March 24, 2020: I downloaded iPadOS 13.4 onto a 12.9 inch iPad and paired a BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform equipped with an Apple Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2, and it completely blew my mind!?!! With the advent of this new Trackpad functionality, it really does turn an iPad into a full blow Mac!!! I will publish more on this soon, but as of now I am blown away!!!!!!!


Amazing News!!!

Magic TrackPad 

Fully Compatible with Magic Trackpad


I have been waiting a decade for Apple to make the Magic Trackpad compatible the iPad, and it finally was announced today!!!! 




Why and I so excited about this fact? The BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard will be 100% compatible with the iPad, and now customers will be able to turn their iPad into a full-blown computer, which will be great for writers and creatives alike!!!


The photos above and below are from 2017, and show the eXpress in front on an iPad, and now this will become reality!!!! Apple announced this feature will be released on March 23, 2020 with the introduction of iPad 13.4 software update. 


Just to be crystal-clear, this update will add full-blown compatibility including multitouch gestures for trackpads. It is amazing how many customers have asked me if this feature existed over the years and I had to regretfully inform them it did not. Below is a new video that shows off the all new iPad Pro 11 and 12.9 that Apple also introduced today. These new iPads have better cameras and are faster than ever, and in this video we see the upcoming new Apple smart cover with built-in keyboard and trackpad.


Below is a photo of the new Apple trackpad which is part of the new Apple Magic Keyboard for iPadOS.



In the not so distant future, BulletTrain will be introducing new accessories for the iPad Pro that will truly revolutionize the iPad, so stay tuned!!!! To learn more about how the new iPad trackpad functionality works be sure to check out The Verge article named "Here's how the ipad's new trackpad actually works."



The video below offers an excellent tutorial on how to pair and use a Magic Trackpad with an iPad.


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Update on SAFE WALLET for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max



Update on SAFE WALLET for

iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

We have been getting a ton of emails from people asking us if and when we plan to come out with SAFE WALLET models for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max and they answer is YES!!!!

If all goes as planned we hope to have them in-stock on BulletTrain.com in April 2020. We don't have the ability to take pre-orders, so the best way to keep up to date is to check this article which I will keep updating until we have the new iPhone 11 family of SAFE WALLETs in-stock.


iPhone 11

Below is a render of our upcoming SAFE WALLET 11 for iPhone 11.





iPhone 11 Pro

Below in blue we see a render of the upcoming SAFE WALLET 11 Pro model. 





In the photo below we see a 3D printed prototype of our upcoming SAFE WALLET 11 Pro for iPhone 11 Pro. Of course the production models of these will look much better as they will be injection molded and NOT 3D printed :-)




iPhone 11 Pro Max

Below we see a render of our upcoming SAFE WALLET 11 Pro Max model.


In the photo below we see a 3D printed prototype of our upcoming SAFE WALLET 11 Pro Max for iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

SAFE WALLET for Xr and XS Max In-Stock!


SAFE WALLET Xr & Xs Max 

Now Shipping on BulletTrain.com

All four colors of the SAFE WALLET Xr, and Xs Max are in stock and ready to ship immediately on BulletTrain.com. 

Below is an image of the SAFE WALLET Xr for iPhone Xr



Below is an image of the SAFE WALLET Xs Max for iPhone Xs Max.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Inventory Update on eXpress Keyboard Platform...


Inventory Update on 

eXpress Keyboard Platform


All colors of the BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform are back in-stock on BulletTrain.com!!!


Monday, September 30, 2019

Customer Hacked SAFE WALLET 10 to Fit and Work with iPhone 11 Pro!!!



Desperate People Do Desperate Things

Customer Hacked SAFE WALLET X 

to Fit and Work with iPhone 11 Pro!!!

Many customer have been writing in to ask if we are working on making a SAFE WALLET for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max? We are!!! If all goes as planned we hope to have them in-stock on BulletTrain.com by early December! In the meantime I thought I would share some fascinating photos from a dedicated customer in Australia who couldn't live without a SAFE WALLET so he hacked his SAFE WALLET X to fit and work with his iPhone 11 as we see in the photos below:



Of course, we don't recommend you try this at home as it will void your warranty. There are two issues that stop the iPhone 11 Pro from fitting in the SAFE WALLET for iPhone X: Obviously the camera area is much larger, but also the volume up and down as well as the mute switch and power button were moved down, and according to this customer they still work, but are NOT lined up well.





Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Update on BulletTrain Express Keyboard Platform Inventory



Update on 
BulletTrain Express Keyboard Platform Inventory

& Some Cool Prototypes


We are in production on a new batch of BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platforms and expect to have more of all colors in-stock on or around October 1, 2019.

In the meantime, I thought I would share these photos with you of eXpress Keyboard Platforms with a black custom painted Apple Keyboard and Trackpad. I had Colorware paint the Apple Keyboard and trackpad and here are some photos...Unfortunately, just after I ordered the black keyboard and trackpad Colorware discontinued their service of painting these devices :-)





Monday, August 5, 2019

Microsuction Removed From BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform Second Production Run



Update, October 20, 2019: I have been experimenting like crazy and talking with customers about the removal of Microsuction from the BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform. I have come up with a new solution that will replace the Microsuction. Ironically, the first generation of BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platforms used this 3M product, and it worked perfectly!

Also, you can purchase the Scotch Restickable Mini Tabs very inexpensively at many drug stores, and Amazon sells a pack of 72 for $3.56. We will soon be adding these to all the BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platforms we have in-stock, at which time I will update this article, and likely remove it.




Microsuction Feature Removed From 

BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform

Second Production Run

We just finished the second production run of the BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform and I wanted to share one design characteristic I changed. I made the decision to remove the 8 circular Microsuction discs each eXpress had, and here are the reasons:

1. Many Customers didn’t to use them, or have a need to use them. I learned this from talking to many customers.

2. Many Customers didn’t even realize they were a feature.

3. It was confusing for many customers who were not familiar with how Microsuciton works.

4. Microsuction is great in many products, but with the eXpress Keyboard Platform becasue of the angles it had a tendency to hold too well, making it a challenge to remove the keyboard and trackpad. Often times after removing the keyboard and mouse, the Microsuction would get torn and become useless. This was the issue that most influenced my decision to remove it.

5. As a designer my goal is to design products that are so intuitive and simple they don't require any kind of instructions to use, and that is now the case with the eXpress Keyboard Platform.

The sole purpose of the Microsuction was that if you regularly travel with the express or move it around in a home or office the keyboard and trackpad could not fall out on the floor by mistake. The issue is that when populated with the keyboard and trackpad, an average person would probably assume it was a whole keyboard and if they were to pick it up and turn it upside down by mistake the Microsuction would stop the keyboard and trackpad from falling by accident.

That being said, we have two great Do It Yourself Solutions that work well, are super easy, and invisible for keeping the Apple Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad from falling:


OPTION 1: The first option is to use regular Scotch tape on the bottom of your eXpress to basically tape the Apple Keyboard and Trackpad in place as seen in the photo below. Doing so makes it so no matter what you can easily remove them if you so desire.





Option 2: The second solution requires double-sided tape as seen in the photo below. You simply put in four pieces of tape, then install the Apple Keyboard and Trackpad on top of them, and press down in the areas where the tape is located to form a stronger bond.





Also, when I first designed the most current generation of the eXpress Keyboard I thought people would never have a need to remove their Apple Magic Keyboard and trackpad once installed, but I found myself wanting to do so on rare occasions as it made it much easier to clean between the edges of the trackpad and keyboard, if something got stuck there by mistake like crumbs or dust.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

SAFE WALLET for iPhone Xs, XR, Xs Max


UPDATE: We are expecting to have the Xr, and XsMax SAFE WALLET models in-stock, ready to ship by October 10, 2019:


Update on May 7, 2019: I have been testing injection-molded production prototypes for our upcoming Xr, and XsMAX SAFE WALLET models and they are amazing!!!! If you really want a SAFE WALLET for your iPhone Xs now, scroll down this story for instructions on how to easily modify our SAFE WALLET X model to work with the Xs.




I have to say I am REALLY impressed with the upcoming SAFE WALLET models. The Xr and Xs Max are really immersive with all extra screen real estate!!!











SAFE WALLET 

for iPhone Xs, XR, Xs Max


With Apple's recent introduction of three new iPhone models, we have been exploring to create SAFE WALLET models for them. Below are updates for each new iPhone model.




SAFE WALLET for iPhone Xs





SAFE WALLET for iPhone Xs?

Unfortunately, our existing SAFE WALLET X model does NOT fit and work with the iPhone Xs. Actually, it fits in EVERY way with one exception, and this is the fact that the camera ring was elongated on the iPhone Xs, so it does not fit. We are working on updating the tool to make this fit properly.

We have had customers modify existing SAFE WALLET for iPhone X models by lightly sanding or trimming away a little bit of material at the bottom of the SAFE WALLET for iPhone X, which works perfectly. This can be done by wrapping sand paper around a wood pencil and sanding down the plastic located ONLY at the bottom of the camera ring area. If you do so, it is at your own risk, as it will void the warranty, but if it were me, I would do it carefully, and you should have no issues :-)









SAFE WALLET for iPhone Xs MAX & XR



We are working on designing SAFE WALLET models for the iPhone Xs Max as well as the iPhone XR. Below we see three photos of the first 3D printed prototype of the SAFE WALLET Xr which were posted on November 20, 2018:









Friday, November 16, 2018

The Upcoming MagicPlatform for iPad Pro


The Upcoming MagicPlatform

for iPad Pro

I saw this video on the durability of the new generation iPad Pro models, and despite being so fast and cool looking they are more fragile than ever. In the not so distant futre we will be launching the all-new MagicPlatform for iPad Pro. This all-new platform is the result of more than 8 years or R&D and will be to the iPad Pro, what the SAFE WALLET is to the iPhone! 



The MagicPlatform consists of the MagicStand and MagicCase. The MagicStand, just like our earlier model will allow you to stand up your 11" or 12.9" iPad pro at any angle in landscape from 90 degrees down to a steep typig angle of 20 degrees. It will also alow you instantly flip from landscap to portrait. 

The MagicCase for iPad pro is super protective, great-looking, and has a MagicPencil holder built in to stow-away your Apple Pencil when you are not using or charging it. Stay tuned...

Monday, May 14, 2018

The One and Only Solution



"Ice Cream Frieze"
Deborah McMillion
Mobile digital artist

Deborah recently purchased a BulletTrain Magic Pencil Holder for iPad, and she sent it this beautiful photo of it holding her Apple Pencil, along with a beautiful piece of artwork titled, "Ice Creat Frieze." Debora was a very early adopter of digital art, and she began drawing on an iPhone before Apple even launched the iPad. In her email Deborah said:

Subject: The One and Only Solution


Hello!

The magic pencil dock arrived and it works beyond perfect. It is always, now, at hand when I draw and paint on my iPad Pro 10.5"! I’ve had sleeves, elastic sleeves, a case with a sleeve, side stands, and wood snap case. With the exception of the elastic sleeve (for travel), I just sold or gave away. None of them helped WHILE painting. So thank you-I’ll pass the word along to the community.

Cheers, 

Deborah McMillion 

Ice Cream Frieze by Mobile Digital Artist Deborah McMillion 


You can see much more of Deborah's artwork on her flickr page.


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