Monday, November 30, 2015

SAFE Wallet 6 Plus Customer Submitted Photos

SAFE Wallet 6 Plus
Real World Use Case

Customer Submitted Photos

One of our chief principles at BulletTrain is the pursuit of "Friction-Free Computing". At it's core, this is about having the easiest possible access to the most TOOLS for your workflow.

The SAFE Wallet 6 Plus provides TONS of utility in this regard, and one customer recently shared some photos of his remarkable everyday carry in his SAFE Wallet! 

From customer Eric, who submitted these photos:

"Here are a few quick pictures of my SAFE Wallet Toolbox. Stored inside are two eyeglass screwdrivers, a toothpick, tweezers, nail file, mini-pen, scissors, and a micro-USB to Lightning adaptor so I can use any charger on the fly! Thank you for a well designed versatile product!"

These handy micro-tools are not a BulletTrain product, but they perfectly fit into the skinny Secret Stash compartments inside the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus!

What will you keep SAFE in your SAFE Wallet? We welcome any other photo submissions to be sent in to!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Surprisingly Water Resistant!

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

How Waterproof Is The iPhone 6s?

How Durable Is The iPhone 6s?

Greetings BulletTrainers!

We wanted to share some fantastic news about Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus! While it wasn't an advertised feature in Apple's keynote, the YouTube videos below demonstrates some EXTREME water-resistance in the new iPhones!

In the video below, you see the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus immersed in water for a very extended duration of time. Both devices were immersed for over an hour before they started to show any signs of water damage!

This is awesome news for BulletTrain customers who are using the new SAFE Wallet 6 Plus.

The only really objection we received in the past was that the SAFE Wallet did not offer waterproof protection for the iPhone, but now that is no longer an issue as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are extremely water resistant.

What does this mean? It means people who live or work in wet environments can now use the SAFE Wallet without worry!!!

Boiling Water TEST!!?!

OK. This is absolutely crazy, but this other dude boils his iPhone 6s in water for a long time, and it keeps working!!!

Deep Water TEST!!?!

Drop Testing

In this video they do drop testing that compares the S versions of the 6 and 6 Plus to the standard versions. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

All New BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform Currently Under Development

All New 
BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform
Currently Under Development

Today, Apple announced a brand new Magic Keyboard, along with an all-new Magic Trackpad 2, and immediately customers began asking if the new devices would work with the existing BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform? 

Unfortunately they do NOT work with the current BulletTrain eXpress, but we are hard at work on developing an all-new BulletTrain eXpress that will work with the new Apple Keyboard and Trackpad.

Why won't the new Apple Magic Keyboard and Trackpad 2 with with the current BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform? Because Apple significantly changed the size and profiles of them, as seen in the photos below.

With the new keyboard and trackpad, Apple replaced the AA batteries by adding an internal rechargeable battery that uses lightning to charge. 
You can see the Apple Lightning adapter slot on the trackpad above, as well as on the keyboard pictured below. Also on the far left side, we see simple on/off power switches.

At BulletTrain we are hard at work on designing an all-new BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform to work with the new Apple Accessories. It may seem easy to build a new eXpress, but the all new Apple accessories create new design and engineering challenges, which we are certain we will overcome!!!

Design Notes

We have production models of the new Apple Keyboard and Trackpad in house, and we have been experimenting like crazy with them already. The Design Criteria for the The new eXpress is as follows:

  • Maintain the super-streamlined look and feel of the original eXpress.
  • Maintain the eXpress name. We are thinking about calling it the "BulletTrain eXpress² Keyboard Platform."
  • The new eXpress² must offer easy access to Apple Lightning adapters for easy charging. In other words, you will NOT have to remove the keyboard or trackpad in order to charge them. Also, if you plan to use the BulletTrain eXpress² Keyboard Platform for a Mission Critical application, you would be able to optionally use it with Lightning cables plugged in all the time, so it would always be charged.
  • The new eXpress² must offer easy access to the on/off switches on both the keyboard and trackpad, without having to remove them.
  • Design the new eXpress² so the keyboard and trackpad are easy to install and remove, but remain security in place will using or transporting.
  • Make the new eXpress² lap friendly, and easy to hold with one hand if using for a keynote.

As soon as we have more information, we will put up a new post on the BulletBlog!

Many customers have reached out to us by phone and by email asking to be notified by email when the new eXpress is available to order.

The best way to ensure you receive email notifications from BulletTrain is to sign up for our FastTrack Newsletter Email. We only send out emails to subscribers when we have BIG news about a new BulletTrain product :-)

Thanks everyone, we look forward to sharing more on the new BulletTrain eXpress in the very near future!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

SAFE Wallet 6 Plus First Production - Where is the SAFE Stick?

SAFE Wallet 6 Plus
First Production

SAFE Stick Availability Notice

In our published videos for the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus, we shared an AMAZING feature to complement the Secret Stash compartment on the Wallet Door. We call it SAFE Stick, and it's our Micro Suction solution! 

This fascinating adhesive-free bonding technology has two components:

1) Adhesive bonding surface. This side of SAFE Stick pads will stick to a stationary surface. For the Secret Stash, this side of the pads (2) will be placed on the Wallet Door, inside of the Secret Stash (1), and on the inside-facing surface of the Secret Door (1).

2) Micro Suction bonding surface. The opposite side of SAFE Stick is made up of thousands and thousands of microscopic pores, which act as miniature suction cups when compressed against many flat objects. This side of the pads will affix small objects into the Secret Stash.

SAFE Stick works best on flat, non-porous surfaces, like plastic and metal. 

Where's The SAFE Stick?

We wanted to include SAFE Stick with every SAFE Wallet 6 Plus in the First Production!

However, it's taken longer than expected for our specifications for our SAFE Stick pads to be tooled and manufactured for us.

Since the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus is completely functional without SAFE Stick, we decided to ship the first production units SAFE Stick, and to make it available to customers upon request.

The decision to ship the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus without SAFE Stick wasn't taken lightly, but we didn't want to have to delay shipment of the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus!

Not only that, our discussion of SAFE Stick with customers appealed to some, but many didn't like the idea of something coming pre-attached to their SAFE Wallet!

SAFE Stick might not be for everybody, but for those who want to make sure they can use this feature, read on!

How Do I Get SAFE Stick for MY SAFE Wallet?

We will be providing FREE SAFE Stick Kits to all First Production SAFE Wallet 6 Plus customers who opt-in using the following easy-to-use form. 

SAFE Stick Kits are currently being fulfilled individually, and will be kitted into a future production of the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Announcement

SAFE Wallet 6/6 Plus
Compatibility Report UPDATE

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

UPDATE (10/3/15) — We've posted a new update specific to the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus being 100% compatible with the iPhone 6s Plus!!!

It's been an exciting week since Apple's big reveal on Tuesday! Now, it's official: the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are this year's 4.7" and 5.5" iPhone models (respectively).

Want to skip to the part about SAFE Wallet compatibility?

Before the unveiling of the new iPhones, many speculated that the thickness of the devices would be much thicker to prevent future "bend-gate" related fiascos in Apple Stores around the world.

Now that the new devices are official, Apple has published the full specifications, which can be found below.

New iPhone 6s compared to iPhone 6 (2014)

  • 0.2 mm thicker (6.9 mm to 7.1 mm) 2.89% increase
  • 0.2 mm taller (138.1 mm to 138.3 mm) 0.14% increase 
  • 0.1 mm wider (67.0 mm to 67.1 mm) 0.15% increase

New iPhone 6s Plus compared to iPhone 6 Plus (2014)

  • 0.2 mm thicker (7.1 mm to 7.3 mm) 2.81% increase
  • 0.1 mm taller (158.1 mm to 158.2 mm) 0.06% increase
  • 0.1 mm wider (77.8 mm to 77.9 mm) 0.13% increase

What does this mean for the SAFE Wallet? 

We believe there is an extremely high probability the SAFE Wallet 6 and 6 Plus will fit the respective "S-model" iPhones with no modification to the tools!

Like most of you, we haven't had the chance to handle the new iPhones ourselves. That being said, we are confident most cases on the market should fit without concern.

While the polycarbonate we injection mold with is extremely hard and durable, the material has a slight ability to "flex" as needed.

The maximum increase in any dimension is 0.2 mm, which is 1/5 of a Millimeter overall, or 1/10 of a Millimeter per side. This adds less thickness per side than a sheet of paper wrapped around each side of the iPhone. Our best estimate suggests this should NOT interfere with functionality!

This means (until further notice), the SAFE Wallet 6 should fit the iPhone 6s, and the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus should fit the iPhone 6s Plus!!!

Thanks everyone, see you on the Fast Track!

-Alex (BulletTrain)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Forbes Features SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus

Forbes Features SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus

SAFE Wallet Will Channel Your Inner Secret Agent

Rex Santus from just published an article named "These iPhone Cases Will Channel Your Inner Secret Agent", and he put the SAFE Wallet in the top position. He said: 

"This iPhone case (SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus) has a ton of utility for something that’s thinner than a Sharpie marker. You can store cash, credit cards and more in this case’s numerous compartments. In this photo alone, the SAFE case is holding cash, several cards, two keys, two extra SIM cards, a SIM card removal tool and a 32GB Flash drive. It’s the perfect case for someone who needs to keep something close but out of sight. The SAFE Wallet case goes for $69.99."

Monday, June 22, 2015

BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6Plus: Prototype First Impressions By Matthew Taylor

Customer Review Of 6 Plus SAFE Wallet
First Generation Production Prototype

The article below was written by Matthew Taylor who became a BulletTrain customer in 2011, and since then we have become good friends. Matthew wrote a review of his experience with the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5/5s when it came out.

We gave Matthew, and another one of our great customers the opportunity to test T1 prototypes of the 6 Plus SAFE Wallet. The review below was written by Matthew Taylor who was the first to receive his prototype.

BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6Plus:
Prototype First Impressions
By Matthew Taylor

For the past ten days, a prototype SAFE Wallet for the iPhone 6 Plus has been my daily carry, and it’s such a relief to finally be home again. Ever since I upgraded to the 6P last September, I’ve bounced between cases that didn’t come close to the versatility and features to which I’d grown accustomed. In fact, upgrading from my 5S to the 6P always felt like an incomplete experience… until now. All of what I previously wrote about the original SAFE Wallet still applies, so I’ll focus this commentary on what’s new and improved.

New Features and Design Enhancements

• Larger and More Accessible Secret Stash: The new door, underneath the credit card holder, accommodates a folded up bill. This is a great usage of the 6P’s larger footprint to add a much-needed feature. It’s a major improvement over the previous design—no need to remove your phone to access the cash. Although I don’t use the Secret Stash to store keys, Jake has showed me how he uses it for that purpose. (Note: not all keys will fit inside the stash.)

[Editors Note: The Secret Stash on the 6 Plus SAFE Wallet can hold two cash bills, if properly folded. Matthew points out that not all keys will fit inside the secret stash compartment, and this is true. The good news is that from our extensive testing, all standard Kwikset keys fit, this includes both style heads, including the standard Art-Deco key head, as well as the more modern larger one.]

• The Leash: BulletTrain is introducing a leash that you can attach to the bottom rear of the case, and then clip on to your pants belt-loop. This keeps your phone safe from drops, as well as being a theft deterrent. For extreme sports situations, the leash is a great insurance policy. For example, while ziplining in Kauai last December, I kept my phone in my pocket because I was afraid of dropping it, and missed out on some epic, high-flying videography opportunities. Next time, I won’t have to worry!

[Editors Note: We also gave Matthew a production prototype of our upcoming SAFE Leash System, which will be compatible with our SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5/5s, as well as our 6 and 6 Plus versions. We intend to launch this product in the next few months.]

• Third-party Lightning cable access: The redesigned case accommodates any third party cable, which is great because I own several.

• SIM card storage: I’m a frequent international traveler, and this would have been so helpful the last time I was overseas! I recommend taping the extra SIM card down to keep it secure when you remove your phone.

• SAFE Pen: Although I haven’t made use of it yet (handwriting? so last century!), if you’re in a pinch, it’s great to have on hand.

• Exposed volume, sleep/wake, and mute buttons: The prior design covered these buttons with plastic switches. This wasn’t my favorite choice over long-term use. Now they’re bare and exposed, which make them far easier to access and operate.

All of these new features and design improvements add up to a major leap forward in comparison with the previous model!

A Philosophical Note:
BulletTrain and the Wallet/Phone Convergence

I’ve been using BulletTrain products since 2011, starting with the eXpress Keyboard Platform, which I lugged with me to Bali in order to work on a book manuscript without destroying my wrists. Prior to finding the eXpress, I’d literally spent years searching for a solution that would allow me to use a wireless keyboard and trackpad in an ergonomic fashion. It was quite a revelation when I found the eXpress; the design was precisely what I’d been imagining would be the optimal approach. Since then, Jake and I have had many deep conversations about innovative design that solves real problems.

In mid-2012, Jake told me he believed that someday, the iPhone would completely replace the wallet. Although others in the tech industry had made similar predictions, it was really exciting to hear Jake lay out this vision in detail. He told me that it would take many years for this to fully come to pass, and in the meantime, his new product—the SAFE Wallet—would be a bridge toward that future. By converging the wallet with the iPhone, he’d help Apple eventually reach that destination.

Flash forward more than two years, and it was quite a trip to see Tim Cook on stage in September 2014 proclaiming Apple’s vision to “replace” the wallet (43:20). I had goosebumps listening to this announcement, as large tracts of the commentary mapped closely, if not identically, to what Jake had said back in 2012.

With the world’s most successful company working hard to replace your wallet, what, one might ask, is the point of an iPhone case that acts as a wallet? What Jake said three years ago is still true: full-fledged wallet replacement isn’t here now, and is unlikely to arrive for many years. Apple Pay isn’t close to being a universally accepted payment method. One of the biggest obstacles is that tens of thousands of mom and pop retail outlets will need to upgrade their payment processing hardware in order to interact with the NFC chips in the latest iPhone and Apple Watch models. How far are we from the date when Tim Cook’s vision comes true, and we will no longer need to carry a single piece of plastic or paper with us? When will all fifty states allow digital drivers’ licenses to be as accepted as physical ones? When will digital business cards completely replace our antiquated paper business cards? That day is an inevitability, but I’d bet it’s at least five years out, and perhaps as many as ten. Until then, the SAFE Wallet will continue to bridge the gap.

Comparison with Other Cases

Starting in September 2014, when I walked out of the Apple Store with my shiny new 6 Plus, I tried out several case solutions while awaiting the new SAFE Wallet. None of these cases worked for me, but I thought I’d share some of these experiences briefly.

• First I tried out a Spigen leather wallet-case, which I now refer to as “the atrocity case.” Because the design is atrocious: thick, bulky, obnoxious, and you look like an idiot taking photos with the flap hanging open and all your credit cards exposed. I gave it away after less than a week.

• Next, I used an Apple leather case. Although attractive, it’s certainly no wallet. I tried to remedy that by adding a Sinjimoru Stick-on wallet compartment, but I missed features like the SAFE Wallet’s Magic Stand, and I found that my cards kept falling out of the Sinjimoru. And then I dropped the phone on an exercise machine and cracked the screen. Thank goodness I had AppleCare Plus. Next!

• Finally, I started using an ultra-protective LifeProof Nuud. It’s truly waterproof as advertised (I did a submersion test), but it’s extremely bulky, lacks a wallet, and its headphone port is difficult to access. On top of all this, the design makes it very difficult to slide one’s thumb up to activate Control Center. By no means a daily carry, this case is only useful when in extreme weather situations or for a trip to the beach.

I’m so happy to finally have the versatile, useful SAFE Wallet on my 6 Plus.

In my ten days of use, the only significant issue I’ve run into with the SAFE Wallet is that it doesn’t work with my JBL OnBeat Mini Speaker Dock –– the Lightning connector simply won’t reach high enough. However, this problem is not unique to the SAFE Wallet; any case that has an edge bezel won’t work. For example, an iPhone in an Otterbox Case also can’t be used with my JBL. I would call this a flaw in the speaker dock, not the SAFE Wallet; it really should be designed with third party cases in mind, and offer a Lightning adaptor that protrudes higher. I don’t fault BulletTrain for this one. To design a speaker dock so it’s utterly impossible to use with any bezeled case is just beyond lame. I’m buying a Lightning extender in an attempt to solve this issue.

[Editors Note: It is extremely easy and simple to remove the 6 Plus form the SAFE Wallet. It takes around 2 seconds to remove or install. Thus, if you have an edge-case situation, like the one Matthew mentioned, you can simply remove your iPhone to use it, then easily install it in when you are done.]


Overall, I think the new model is well on track to becoming the best daily carry iPhone case ever, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the final production version.

Friday, May 22, 2015

BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus T1 Production Prototype Report

BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus
T1 Production Prototype Report

The first production prototypes were completed early this week, and after a super-indepth evaluation I am reporting our progress. The T1 prototype sample photos below were taken in Asia, and we will have them in house in California next week for an even deeper evaluation. So far everything is looking really good. So far we only have one issue we have identified and need to resolve. We will know much more next week and will post another detailed update, but wanted to share our progress so far.

Just to be crystal clear, all the parts pictured in the  photos in this post were injection-molded in our tool, which you can see at the bottom of this post.

As previously mentioned, we only have one issue we have to resolve, which is illustrated below in the photo of the BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus. Notice toward the top of the right edge there is an uneven bump. This needs to be fixed. Our plastics engineer and tooling engineer have already come up with a solution, and it is being incorporated into the tool design this weekend.

The photos below show our tool for making the main case body of the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus. I realize that to most people the SAFE Wallet looks really simple, and they imagine it is really easy to make. The reality is the exact opposite!!!!

I also believe there is another strong misconception that the role of the designer is to simply draw the design and then the machine spits the product out. In reality, as a design house we spend a great deal of time on the tooling design to make the actual parts. This process is extremely challenging and complex.

The BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 is so far beyond anything else that exists on the market today. The reality is that when you are pushing the design, engineering and tooling envelope as we are, it takes time. As they say, "Good things take time."

Monday, March 9, 2015

BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Sneak Preview

SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6
Sneak Preview

We plan to launch the BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 on Kickstarter sometime soon, so we thought we would share this Sneak Peek with you. Stay tuned for more information...It's A Family Affair...

Friday, February 27, 2015

Random Wallet Autopsy

Random Wallet Autopsy 

I was showing a man the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus, and he pulled his wallet out of his pocket and showed it to me. I asked if I could take a photo, and he said yes. This is just absolute craziness if you think about it!!!!!

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