Tuesday, September 14, 2021

SAFE WALLET 12 Family for iPhone 12


for iPhone 1312 & 11 Models 

We are working on SAFE WALLET models for the entire iPhone 13 family which we believe will be backwards compatible with the iPhone 12 family models. If you scroll down the page about 6 inches you will see a graphic that shows our future roadmap which includes ETA for all SAFE WALLET 13 & 12 models.

After watching the Apple iPhone 13 Keynote (seen above) and doing research I discovered the following facts:

All iPhone 13 model cases are the exact same width and height as the 12 models, but are slightly thicker at 7.65MM v. 7.4MM. This is 0.25MM (1/4 of a Millimeter) or .0149 inches thicker (1/64th of an inch thicker).

Another critical measurement is the height and width of the camera turret, which appears to be larger on the 13. 

Making A Hybrid Case

We are working on studying the changes and believe we can make a hybrid iPhone 13 SAFE WALLET family that will be 100% backwards compatible with ALL the iPhone 12 models. In other words, our upcoming SAFE WALLET 13 models should fit perfectly and work with all iPhone 12 models.

We have been working on an all-new SHATTERPROOF 4th generation (Series 4) BulletTrain SAFE WALLET which is essentially indestructible (in the real world) and plan to have all-new models which will be made in the U.S.A. begin selling by the end of October 2021. Below is a graphic that shows our estimated rollout schedule for all the new SAFE WALLET models:

Background Note from Jake

My name is Jake. I am the designer of the BulletTrain SAFE Wallet. I am offering this completely candid and transparent update so past, present and future customers can understand our upcoming roadmap. 

We started making SAFE WALLET models in China in 2014, which was a complete communication nightmare! So-much-so, most of the time it felt like trying to drink water from a fire-hose! I wanted to make SAFE WALLET models in the United States, but the cost of tooling and production was dramatically more expensive, removing it as a realistic option. The great news is we found a great manufacturing partner in the U.S. Over the course of the past year we moved our production from China to the United States which was extremely challenging, and we are now dialing-in our manufacturing in the U.S. and everything is much better!. 

Over the course of making the first three generations of SAFE WALLET models we learned so much, but struggled to keep-up with Apple's grueling yearly roll-out schedule of new iPhone models. We had so many challenges with working with China which included severe communication breakdown as well as increased production and shipping costs and President Trump's 28% Tariff made it very difficult, but we kept going anyway. Also, COVID didn't help either.

Things got so challenging, we never even came out with SAFE WALLET models for the iPhone 11 family as we struggled to perfect the design of the SAFE WALLET. We have been working on our 4th generation of SAFE WALLET models which are the first to be completely BulletProof in the sense they are essentially unbreakable. So not only will the SAFE WALLET protect your iPhone perfectly, but will also protect itself from almost any damage in the real world. 

As of late September 2021 we have made production prototypes for our SAFE WALLET 12 Pro Max which are amazing and have given us absolute proof-of-concept (Production Prototype of SAFE WALLET 12 Pro Max is pictured below). We even have had a group of BulletTrain customers beta-testing the newest prototypes and they love them and can't wait to get the full production spec models!!! 

Our all-new 4th generation of SAFE WALLET model is revolutionary for many reasons and is designated as the "BulletProof Series" and we expect to begin shipping them in limited numbers for the iPhone 12 & 13 Pro Max model around October 2021 (Only initially in the color of Stealth Black, then additional colors will come a few months later). Above and below are photos of our T-1 injection-molded production prototype looking super-sharp!

In the photo above and below we see the BulletTrain SAFE WALLET for iPhone 12 Pro Max standing upright in portrait with its built-in 'MagicStand' portrait dock feature which allows you to charge the phone using a MagSafe charger (Not pictured). The new hollow-core wallet door design now features dual tapered ramps for making installing your cards super-easy and smooth. Also, we made the BulletTrain SAFE WALLET logo and the Made In U.S.A. branding on the face of the door super low-key so it is almost invisible, as we believe our iconic design personifies and embodies our trademark BulletTrain brand...

In the two photos below we see the BulletTrain SAFE WALLET 12 Pro Max standing up on a flat surface in landscape video watching mode which is ultra-stable.

The fourth-generation SAFE WALLET features a MagicStand locking cleat channel that allows the user to stand-up the case in 2 different landscape positions for watching video content using any kind of card that fits in the hollow-core wallet door. In the example below we see a credit card locked in landscape. If the user were to rotate the card 90 degrees from landscape to portrait it would increase the slant angle, which would be ideal if viewing from a lower trajectory. This design characteristic allows the SAFE WALLET to stand-up on any flat surface in an ultra stable manner.

At the end of July, 2021 we completed the first full production spec prototype for the SAFE WALLET 12 Pro Max which is pictured above and it is some kind of wonderful!!! I mean it is PURE MAGIC!!!! BulletTrain invented and patented the high-capacity stealth iPhone wallet case category and have always been the best wallet case. With the advent of the fourth generation SAFE WALLET we now make unequivocally the best smartphone case on earth!!!

This is the result of many thousands of hours of passionate research, design, engineering and listening carefully to invaluable customer-feedback. When you look at all the top-selling iPhone case brands, they make something like 50 different cases for each iPhone model!?!! At BulletTrain we only make 1 model that has ALL the best features a user could want!

Future Plans

I made the decision to dial-in and perfect our iPhone 12 Pro Max model before we make any other models, which has taken far longer than expected. Perfection is very challenging!?!!

We are hoping our designs for the SAFE WALLET 12 models which include the 12 Pro Max, 12 Pro, 12, and 12 Mini will be 100% forward-compatible with the iPhone 13 family of phones and from what I have seen with the Apple iPhone 13 Launch today it appears they will be 100% compatible.

Assuming the upcoming models are forward compatible, we plan to roll out the 13 Pro Max first in October in Stealth Black only. Then two months later rollout our iPhone 13/13 Pro and Mini models. 

Regarding making SAFE WALLET models for the iPhone 11 family, this is now up-in-the-air since we are so far behind the curve. Many customers write in saying they want a SAFE WALLET for their iPhone 11, and hopefully we will make such models. Assuming we do we would not expect to have them ready until February of 2020. I would say at this point there is a 50% chance we will make the SAFE WALLET models for the iPhone 11 family, and as soon as I know more will update this article.

Go Keyless

Tesla recently showed off their all-new refreshed 2021 Model S and X, which feature a wireless phone key which utilizes Bluetooth to unlock/lock and start the vehicle. 

I recently published a super-detailed review of the new Tesla Model S on TeslaMagazine.org which I highly recommend checking out. The image below shows the radically simplified interior of the new Model S Tesla.

My absolute favorite new James-Bond-like-feature in the new Model S and X is the incorporation of the keyless/fobless entry and driving by simply using your bluetooth enabled smartphone or a physical key card to drive. In the image below we see the PHONE KEY option running in the Tesla app on an iPhone in progress. That's right, just walk up to the car, open the door, sit down, and violĂ !!! Drive as if you have a key fob, or key card in your pocket with ONLY your smartphone...It could not be any easier or more friction-free than this...

The Tesla phone key not only allows you to unlock the doors, but also to drive the car!!! If you have a keyless front door lock on your home and at work you can now fulfill the dream of leaving home with ONLY a SAFE WALLET as your everyday carry. Talk about radically simplifying your life!!!

The Best iPhone Wallet Case

Is About To Get Even Better

So why name the 4th generation of SAFE WALLET '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.  

We are making the 4th Generation SAFE WALLET entirely from a proprietary TPU material we developed in-house which offers the following advantages:

  • Increased comfort and rubber-like grip with soft-touch feel coupled with increased abrasion resistance.
  • Superb impact strength which is completely SHATTERPROOF.
  • Unaffected by oil and grease and other solvents (examples: hand oils, moisturizers, sunblock)
  • Highly scratch resistant self-healing surface.

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.

Upcoming SAFE WALLET 12 Mini pictured above and below


Saturday, August 21, 2021

Tesla Cyber Vehicle Family: Design Concept by Jake Ehrlich


Tesla Cyber Vehicle Family

Design Concept by Jake Ehrlich

If you are a regular reader of you likely know that I am also a designer. Tesla recently had contest for people to submit ideas for them to make a $25,000 vehicle which I entered. I just published a detailed story on TeslaMagazine.org that shows my design reference I submitted to Elon Musk.

$25,000 Tesla Cyber Mini Concept by Jake Ehrlich

My design reference is based upon the Tesla CyberTruck design language and creates a number of different sized smaller vehicles that can leverage the CyberTruck manufacturing process. If you are interested you can learn much more in my article on TeslaMagazine.org.

If you use our SAFE WALLET, it is interesting to note that the recently introduced Model S & X Tesla Plaid and Long Range models as well as the upcoming CyberTruck all support keyless entry that uses your iPhone via Bluetooth as a key. You can learn much more in my detailed review on the All New Tesla Model S on TeslaMagazine.org.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

SAFE WALLET Tesla Model 3 Mounting Option



Tesla Model 3 

Mounting Option

A friend of mine who is a Tesla Model 3 driver and I were recently having a conversation about how to best mount the new BulletTrain SAFE Wallet since we are both testing prototypes. I am testing a SAFE WALLET 12 Pro Max, and he is testing the BulletTrain SAFE Wallet 12 Pro model. We were contemplating if we could figure out a way to mound the SAFE WALLET so it can use a MagSafe mount, that could not only charge, but swivel back and forth from portrait to landscape.

BulletTrain SAFE Wallet 12 Pro Max magnetically attached in Tesla Model 3 Picture Above

I currently drive a Model S and a Model X, and have used two different types of mounts for holding my SAFE WALLET. Originally I used a holding mount with adjustable sides as seen in the photo below. Later on I moved to using a magnetic mount which is much easier, and works great as we have them positioned on the back of both front seas so the passengers in the second row can snap their phone against them and watch video on long drives having rotated their SAFE WALET from portrait to landscape. In all the above mentioned scenarios we use lightning cables to charge the phone.

BulletTrain SAFE Wallet X attached in Tesla Model X Pictured Above 
Running Beta version of upcoming BulletTrain Big Clock App

During my experimenting I came across the iPow magnetic car mount that uses a suction cup that attaches to the back of the center screen as seen below.

The image below shows a side view so we can observe how the iPow flexible magnetic arm attaches to the back of the Tesla Model 3 screen. I am fairly certain this will work well with the following Tesla Models which have landscape screens:

• Model 3
• Model Y
• Model S (Later 2021 models)
• Model X (Later 2021 models)
• Cyber Truck (2022) 

An important consideration when using this option is you ideally should rest the bottom of the SAFE WALLET on top of the Tesla screen. In this photo I have the iPhone rotated more to the left than the Tesla screen. In the photo below I am showing what it would look like with a black Apple lightning cable plugged into it for charging. This would be idea for watching videos (when parked), or using for Apple or Google Maps while driving. I recently used the Apple Maps App on my iPhone and I as blown away with how great it was!!!!

I watch a lot of YouTube videos (who doesn't!?!! :-) and when one ends you pretty much need to rotate the screen to landscape which is what I am showing below. In order to achieve this I pulled the iPhone slightly toward me, and had the back of the BulletTrain SAFE Wallet touching the Tesla screen to keep it stable for navigating when I touch the screen.

I ordered the new Tesla Model S, but it is not scheduled to be delivered until April of 2022 :-(

Once I take delivery I will update this story with whatever best solutions I come up with.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

BulletTrain Keyboard eXpress Pro Platform Preview


BulletTrain eXpress 

Pro Platform Preview

Is Bigger Better?

We have been working on making our eXpress Pro BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform for a while and expect to have it to market in the first half of 2022. This all-new model will work with both the current Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keyboard as well as the all-new Touch ID model. 

BulletTrain eXpress PRO Keyboard Platform Prototype pictured above on right, 

next to standard BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform for Apple Magic Keyboard & Trackpad.

This 'eXpress Pro' model was designed with professional users in mind who specialize in Video, Graphics and Accounting, but can be enjoyed by anybody who wants all benefits of the numeric keyboard as well as the inverted 'T' Cursor arrow keys as well as dedicated Page Up, Page Down, Home & End keys. The eXpress Pro will come in our classic colors of Ruby Red, Polar White, BulletTrain Blue and Stealth Black. Below are renders of the upcoming model and in the next month or so we will show off a physical prototype.

Monday, July 26, 2021

BulletTrain SAFE WALLET Preview

BulletTrain SAFE WALLET Preview

Plus Some Amazing Charging Dock

Compatible with SAFE WALLET

At BulletTrain we moved our production from China to the United States which slowed everything way down, but I have some great news to share with you today. We are ALMOST done with the development of our SAFE WALLET 12 Pro Max model and hope to offer it for sale in the next few months. I have been testing production prototypes for many months now and our all-new design is beyond perfect in all ways. Below are some photos of my personal SAFE WALLET 12 Pro Max in my office siting on an amazing Anker QI charging dock with also charges AirPods.

One of the really cool features of this dock is you an also use it to watch video while it is charging as seen below elevated in a super stable way.

In the next image we see my SAFE WALLET 12 Pro Max charging on the dock with the door open. You can't see it in the photo but the SAFE WALLET is not only secured via magnets but also there is a strong support ledge built into the SAFE WALLET that supports it even more so it can't slip or slide downward. Also, I have our new SAFE SHIELD installed on my iPhone which is completely invisible. In other words, if I handed you my SAFE WALLET and asked you if you thought I had a screen protector on my phone there is a 98% chance you would not be able to detect it. —Super Clean!!!

This last image (below) shows the ANKER dock on my desk that I put a BulletTrain logo stick on to personalize it. I invested thousands of hours and a great deal of capital working on developing our own SAFE DOCK but never brought it to life as it was never up to my standard as a designer. The design was great but the charging electronics were the issue. I have to say the Anker Dock is a work of art and the only think I would do differently is offer an all-black version as well. That being said, I still really like the white model.

previously mentioned, we have been hard at work getting all the details dialed-in for American production and everything is going well. In the next few months we will be rolling out some amazing new products that are mind-blowing so stay tuned. Also, I am keeping my fingers crossed that Apple will keep the form factor identical for the iPhone 13 models so they are forward compatible with our new BulletProof Series 4 SAFE WALLET models. Keeping my fingers crossed!!!!



2-in-1 Wireless Charger Stand with MagSafe

I have been experimenting like a crazy man with different charging docks, and in the photo below we see the Belkin high-end charger which has a built-in MagSafe certified fast-charger that can charge an iPhone 12 at 15 Watts along with AirPods at the same time! This is my new dock of choice for my desktop computers as it is a 100% stable working dock. 

The Anker dock pictured above has a tilting swivel feature which is REALLY useful is situation like having it on a bedside table so you can angle the iPhone perfectly, but the drawback is that when you use your fingers on the iPhone screen for typing, navigating and gestures it bounces around, which can be overcome to a certain extent by placing your four finger behind it to stabilize it, but the Belkin is rock-solid and doesn't budge, so it is a PEFECT working dock. Basically there are two types of charging docks. Docks made for charging and viewing notifications, and then there are working docks that are ultra stable which make it much easier to work on it by typing or navigating...

So for me I will keep using the ANKER dock on my bedside table, in the kitchen, and I will use the Belkin on my desktops. Also, I like the fresh white look of Anker, but on my desktop all my accessories are blacked-out. Also, the Belkin looks more high-end as Belkin says it is inspired by architecture. Also, since the Belkin dock is a MagSafe certified fast-charger it makes sense to have it on my desktop, where in the kitchen and bedroom I don't need fast charging as much.

Also, the ANKER dock uses USB-C for charging and does NOT come with a USB-C charger, and the Belkin is NOT USB-C, but comes with a standard 110 plug.

Thursday, July 1, 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 a super useful and 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!!! This super innovative remote offers a place for everything, and everything in its place.

The Shape of Things To Come

Below are photo of our first prototype of the MagicBullet Siri Remote + AirTag Remote holder in all black. This first image shows the AirTag and Apple TV 4K Siri Remote on a table next to our upcoming MagicBullet Remote control holder.

In this next image we see the Apple AirTag inserted inside the MagicBullet Remote with the Siri Remote on the table next to it.

In this next image we see the upcoming all-new MagicBullet Siri Remote with the hidden AirTag compartment in front of our first generation MagicBullet Apple TV Siri Remote holder.

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.

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!

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.


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