Wednesday, June 23, 2021

2021 Touch ID Magic Keyboard + Magic Trackpad 100% Compatible with BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform!

 

2021 Touch ID Magic Keyboard + Magic Trackpad


BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform


I am very happy to report our BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform has been tested and is 100% compatible with the 2021 Touch ID Magic Keyboard & Magic Trackpad which are currently shipping exclusively with the all-new 24" iMac!!!



The ONLY way to purchase the new Apple 2021 Touch ID Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad II is to purchase them with the new 24 inch iMac, but it is likely just a matter of time before Apple starts selling them separately. So if you have the new 24 inch iMac with the Touch ID keyboard & Magic Trackpad and you want all the benefits of a BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform rest assured they are 100% compatible out of the box!



Sunday, June 6, 2021

Preview of Upcoming Magic Bullet Remote for Apple TV Siri 2021 Remote


Preview of Upcoming

Magic Bullet Remote 

for Apple TV Siri 2021 Remote 

with Built-in AirTag Feature

At BulletTrain we are famous for our existing MagicBullet Remote for Apple TV Remote which is AMAZING!!! We have been working hard on developing the second generation of our Magic Bullet for Apple TV Remote control which will posses an innovative feature that will allow you to embed an Apple AirTag in the remote so you can NEVER lose your Apple TV Siri remote between the cushions or anywhere else ever again!!!





Update June 21, 2012: Below is the most updated design which has many iterative design detail improvements including a much larger and more ergonomic finger channel for removing the AirTag.





This amazing new MagicBullet Remote will prevent you from EVER losing your Apple TV remote ever again as there will be two different ways to locate it almost instantly:

1. You can ask Siri something like "Find my Bedroom Remote", and a few seconds later your Magic Bullet Remote will start pinging making a noise so you can find it in between the sheets or where it fell behind the bed, or even in a drawer.

2. If you can hear it but still can't find it, you can use the iOS Apple Find My Application which will navigate you to your Apple TV remote.


There is a special cavity in the Magic Bullet Remote Control holder to perfectly hold the Apple AirTag. It is designed in such a way that it won't ever rattle or make any kind of noise, expect when you want it to. 

There is a speaker outlet on the bottom of the remote which acts to amplify the sound waves the AirTab makes to make it even louder (Not Shown). The user then will place the Apple TV Siri remote in place and it will be held securely with our SAFE STOCK technology.

We also have plans to retrofit our first generation Magic Bullet Remote for Apple TV Sir Remote (pictured below) to accommodate an Apple AirTag as well. If all goes as planned we plan to launch this product for sale at the end of Q3, 2021 in August. 

We have already extensively tested prototypes that work great. Ironically we were working on this design even before Apple came out with the AirTag and new 2021 Siri Apple TV remote, and it is interesting to note how everybody and their mother who have reviewed the new Apple TV Siri remote love it but say the only missing killer feature is having a built-in AirTag, which will be rectified with our upcoming innovative models.




2021 4K Apple TV Siri Remote AirTag Case 


So why are we making an Apple TV Siri remote with AirTag holder, or an Apple Airtag Holder for Siri Remote? We originally made an Apple TV Remote Control holder to make the Apple TV remote much more comfortable and ergonomic. Our MagicBullet Apple TV Remote holder makes the Apple Siri remote much easier to hold as the remote is so thin. In other words, the added bulk makes it really comfortable to hold.

Some would argue that making a Siri Remote Holder Gadget with an AirTag feature creates an Anti-Loss Case for AirTag in the sense that you can NEVER lose or misplace your Apple TV remote again.


AirTag Remote for Apple TV Siri Remote

One could argue that Apple's oversight was a blessing in that the BulletTrain MagicBullet perfectly fits both the AirTag and Apple TV Siri remote, or "Siri Apple TV 4K HD Remote Control (2nd Gen)."

Some people might refer to our AirTag Remote for Apple TV Siri Remote (4K/HD) as a case, or a protective case but the design intent is to combines Apple TV remote and an AirTag remote into one super ergonomic remote control that is super comfortable and looks great. 

Below is a photo of our current 1st Generation BulletTrain MagicBullet Remote for Apple TV.


Saturday, June 5, 2021

The Design Process Poster


The Design Process Poster


"Design is thinking—made visual" 

—Saul Bass

I recently saw this cool 'Design Process' poster which I thought was very accurate as it illustrates that the design process is really all about solving problems through an iterative process.



 



Friday, June 4, 2021

SAFE WALLET 12 Family for iPhone 12

 


UPDATE


June 5, 2021: We just made the first injected molded 12 Pro Max case prototype models and they are AMAZING!!! 

We are still working on the tool for the door for the 12 Pro Max model and expect to have injection molded prototypes in about 4-5 weeks. Once we sign-off on the 12 Pro Max we will immediately begin tooling for the 12 Pro and 12 Mini models. I realize this is taking way longer than many people would like, but all I can say it that I am certain it will have been worth it. As soon as I have more information I will update this story again.


SAFE WALLET 12 Family

for ALL 4 iPhone 12 Models


We have begun tooling 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" and we expect to begin shipping them around April 2021.




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 around the end of Q1, 2021:



Upcoming SAFE WALLET 12 Mini 

 




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 April of 2021 as we want everybody who owns an iPhone to be able to significantly benefit from our SAFE WALLET design.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Apple MagSafe Wallet Review


 Apple MagSafe Wallet

V.

BulletTrain SAFE WALLET


I will admit that I was shocked when during the recent Apple Keynote unveiling the iPhone 12 family, when the speaker introduced the "MagSafe Wallet for iPhone 12". Apple's MagSafe Wallet seems remarkably similar to our BulletTrain SAFE WALLET Mini in many ways. This video from MacRumors goes into detail on the MagSafe wallet.

As the designer of the SAFE WALLET I believe our SAFE WALLET models for iPhone 12 will be infinitely better for the following reasons:


Reason 1: CAPACITY 

The BulletTrain SAFE WALLET can easily hold 5 credit cards, plus a couple of cash bills. The Apple MagSafe Wallet can hold 2 cards comfortably. 


Reason 2: EASE OF INSERTION & Removal

From what I have seen with the Apple MagSafe Wallet can cram a third card in, but it becomes difficult to remove it. Apple incorporated a very similar thumb slider on their MagSafe Wallet but it is MUCH shorter than the thumb slider on the SAFE WALLET, thus the SAFE WALLET thumb slider is much more effective and easier to use.


Reason 3: Wallet Security

From what I have seen with the Apple MagSafe Wallet as witnessed in the video above the MagSafe Wallet can easily fall/slide off the MagSafe Case or iPhone 12. With the BulletTrain SAFE WALLET this will NEVER happen. So basically, with the MagSafe it appears it would be easy to lose, but with the SAFE WALLET this could not occur. Also, walking around in public with MagSafe wallet potentially makes you a target as people can see you have your wallet next to your head, whereas with the SAFE WALLET it is stealth and invisible as your wallet contents are safelyconcealed.


Reason 4: Built-in Portrait & Landscape Stand

The SAFE WALLET has a built-in MagicStand door feature which allows the user to hold up their SAFE WALLET in portrait or landscape on a flat surface. The MagSafe can't stand up in portrait or landscape.


Reason 5: MagSafe Charging

If you want to charge your iPhone 12 you have to remove your MagSafe wallet, which introduces the risk of loss or misplacement. The SAFE WALLET can charge with the MagSafe puck by opening the hollow-core wallet door an attaching the MagSafe charger to the back of the iPhone—with no risk of misplacing or forgetting your wallet. Also, the SAFE WALLET can charge your iPhone using some QI chargers docks while keeping the hollow-core wallet door shut (with 5 credit cards).


Reason 6: Complexity

The SAFE WALLET is ultra simple to use. The MagSafe seems very complex as you have to manage two different items.


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 :-)





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