Wednesday, September 21, 2022

New Generation: BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platforms


Made In U.S.A. 


New Generation 

BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platforms

New 'Crystal Clear' Model


BulletTrain has been in the process of moving production from China to the United States, which is great in many ways. It has not been easy, but there are many, many upsides! We recently began our first production run for our current BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform, and we added a fascinating new color which is pictured below. This new model is made from clear transparent polycarbonate, and has matching clear feet, as well as clear rubber feet which makes it look like its made out of clear glass while also offering a more modern/industrial/otherworldly/tech look...This new model will be a limited edition, and cost $20 more than a standard color BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform.

 


This new eXpress model looks like it's made from frosted glass which kind of puts more emphasis on the Apple Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad. Like all our colored eXpress models, it is highly scratch resistant as it features our micro-bead-blasted finish, so it should never age. Also, this Crystal Clear model will match all our other colors as far as basically being EXTREMELY sturdy, and basically unbreakable. This model also comes with a Lifetime Warranty as it is built to last...


This new model is made from premium polycarbonate which features UVB protection, which means it will always stay clear, and never yellow. The production prototype pictured above features optional ruby red feet, but we intend to offer the clear model with matching clear feet, as well as an option to customize your feet colors with our classic colors of Ruby Red, Polar White, BulletTrain Blue and Stealth Black. The model in the photo above features a black Apple Magic Trackpad, with a standard white Magic Keyboard with Touch ID.



This photo above shows our new Made in the U.S.A. Ruby Red BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform, with a black apple Magic Trackpad, and a custom painted black Apple Magic Keyboard. Below is a photo of the Crystal Clear BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform with stealth black feet.



In the future, we might add optional colors to the eXpress line, which would be really cool.

In an ironic twist of fate, back on September 28, 2005, I had the opportunity to sit down with Steve Jobs in the Apple Boardroom in Cupertino to pitch him on a potential strategic partnership for BulletTrain to do advanced design work for Apple. The irony is two of the precursor eXpress prototypes I showed Steve had transparent bodies, just like the new crystal clear BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform pictured above! It's hard to imagine that meeting took place 17 years ago! So we now have all our classic BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platforms in-stock and ready for immediate shipment from BulletTrain.com!!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

SAFE WALLET for iPhone 13 & 12 Models Future Roadmap



SAFE WALLET  


for iPhone 14 Models


We have had a chance to evaluate the new iPhone 14 family, but have NOT come to any final conclusions yet, but should have our entire production plan done in about a week or so, at which time I will update this story again. We still plan to have our complete line of iPhone 14 SAFE WALLET models on BulletTrain.com in December.

We finally perfected our 4th generation BulletTrain SAFE WALLET for the entire iPhone 12 and 13 models family, and plan to start offering them for sale on BulletTrain.com in the next few weeks, as well as on Amazon.com several weeks later. The production models feature a super-innovative lanyard quick-disconnect feature that took years of R&D to perfect, that will work with our SAFE LEASH and SAFE PURSE STRAP we plan to also introduce soon.


September 20, 2022 Update

Many customers have been writing-in, asking when they will be able to purchase a SAFE WALLET for their iPhone 13 or iPhone 12 family models? For the past several months we have shipped out MANY prototypes, and everyone LOVE them!!!!!



How To Get A 


SAFE WALLET  


iPhone 13 or iPhone 12 Model


As Soon As Possible


Pictured above from left to right, 1st Production Prototypes for 

BulletTrain SAFE WALLET 13 Mini, SAFE WALLET 12 PRO, 

SAFE WALLET 13 Pro & SAFE WALLET 13 PRO MAX.


September 20, 2022 Update

Many customers have been writing-in, asking when they will be able to purchase a SAFE WALLET for their iPhone 13 or iPhone 12 family models?

We have been selling customers injection-molded Stealth Black production prototypes of our upcoming BulletTrain SAFE Wallet models for the entire iPhone 12 and 13 family of models, and so far they absolutely LOVE them!!!! These prototypes are extremely similar to what the final production models will be like in every way.

If you are interested in purchasing one (while supplies last) the price is $129 (which will be the price for our new Made In The U.S.A. 4th generation models when we formally launch them on BulletTrain.com)

This price includes free domestic shipping via USPS, and the only color we are currently offering is Stealth Black with your choice of Ruby Red, Polar White, BulletTrain Blue or Stealth Black SAFE BUTTONS.

The all-new BulletTrain SAFE Wallet 4th Generation models are amazing in so many ways, including the fact they are completely indestructible and can’t be broken!


U.S. Orders

If you are located in the United States and are interested in obtaining a BulletTrain SAFE WALLET for your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 sooner than later please follow these instructions:

Step 1: Send $129 via PayPal to Sales@BulletTrain.com.

Step 2Send an email to Help@BulletTrain.com confirming you sent the $129 via PayPal. Include your iPhone Model choice, NAME, shipping address, your SAFE BUTTON color preference of Ruby Red, Polar White, BulletTrain Blue or Stealth Black.

Upon receiving your email and payment we will respond to confirm your order. All sales of Production Prototypes are final and are NOT returnable.



ALL INTERNATIONAL Orders

If you are located outside of the United States and are interested in obtaining a BulletTrain SAFE WALLET for your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 sooner than later please follow these instructions:

Step 1Send $199 via PayPal to ($129 for the SAFE WALLET and $70 for International shipping via DHL) to Sales@BulletTrain.com.

Note: For International orders we only ship via DHL which usually takes around 5 days to reach all international destinations, and we charge $70 for this service.

Step 2Send an email to Help@BulletTrain.com confirming you sent the $199 via PayPal. Include your iPhone Model choice, NAME, shipping address, your SAFE BUTTON color preference of Ruby Red, Polar White, BulletTrain Blue or Stealth Black.

Upon receiving your email and payment we will respond to confirm your order. All sales of Production Prototypes are final and are NOT returnable.


Future Ordering on BulletTrain.com

If all goes as planned, we plan to have production models available for sale for the entire iPhone 12 and 13 SAFE WALLET models on BulletTrain.com available for immediate deliver (Only in Black) on around the beginning of September. We plan to offer them in all colors, probably around November, 2022.

Cheers!

Jake :-)

 

----------End of September 6, 2022 Update----------


UPDATED Future Roadmap 






We recently finalized our SAFE WALLET for iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 production model plan and in the graphic below we show the four all-new 4th Generation "BulletProof Series" SAFE WALLET Models we intend to release, along with their release dates:





• SAFE WALLET 13 Pro Max model will be 100% backwards compatible with the iPhone 12 Pro Max

• SAFE WALLET 13 Pro model will fit and be 100% compatible with the iPhone 13.

• SAFE WALLET 13 MINI model will be 100% backwards compatible with the iPhone 12 MINI

• SAFE WALLET 12 Pro model will perfectly fit and work with the iPhone 12.
 
We are not accepting pre-orders, but if you have purchased a BulletTrain product in the past or if you signed up for our mailing list you will be the first to know when we release the new models. If you have not signed up for our email list you can do so by scrolling down to the bottom of our homepage.




First Customer Reviews

We have been testing SAFE WALLET 12 & 13 production prototypes with some long time loyal customers and they are ALL madly in LOVE with their 4th generation BulletTrain SAFE Wallets!

Here are several early reviews:

This first review is from Donald L. who lives in Tennessee. He sent in a photo (seen below) and said:


        "I was working from a ladder on my sons lifted truck using the iPhone flashlight- it dropped down through the engine bay onto the concrete.  I was comforted by the soft sound of the impact and when I crawled underneath & retrieved it, sure enough, the Safe Wallet had protected it. No cracks & no marks whatsoever. Thanks for creating this thing. I love it!"

Next up is from Matthew Taylor who is one of the first BulletTrain customers from back in 2010. Matthew is VERY picky, and equally clumsy which makes him a superb beta tester. Matthew said:

        "Congratulations on the development of this 4th generation BulletTrain SAFE Wallet, which is AMAZING!!!! You now have the best smartphone case money can buy, and I am so happy as I never have to worry about damaging my iPhone 13 Pro Max, and since this next generation SAFE WALLET is so indestructible, I never have to worry about damaging it either!! I LOVE THIS THING, and I am certain everybody else will as well. I am really glad you stuck it out and brought this perfect design to life!"

Next we hear from Angie H., who lives in Utah who is also a long-time user of BulletTrain SAFE Wallets. Angie said:
 
        "Just thought I would check in with ya, I am loving this case so very much it’s amazing!!!  Best design for a wallet case ever!"


Last up is a quote from our plastic engineer who has been using SAFE WALLETS from Day 1.
 
        "I love the new generation of SAFE WALLETS. They are perfect now in every way. Also, when we originally engineered the SAFE WALLET the goal was to have it comfortably hold the thickness of 5 credit cards, but since most credit cards no longer have the raised brail numbers I can fit 6 cards. This thing is awesome!!!"






Inside Story

About a year and a half ago I made the decision to move production from China to the U.S.A. which was something I wanted to do for a long time—for many different reasons.

We are now just starting to produce the first BulletTrain products in the United States and it is going well. It's not easy, but much better.

We started working on the fourth generation SAFE WALLET several years ago and the goal was to take the SAFE WALLET to the next level by making it literally indestructible. The great news is we figured out how to do so. The challenge is mass-producing them and building the tools is very complicated, expensive and time-consuming. 

Trust me when I tell you there is a definite reason why nobody has ever figured out what we did, and that is how to make one model of wallet case that is unequivocally the best smartphone case ever made! The reality is: good things take time...

The first model we made production tooling for was the SAFE WALLET 12 Pro Max, and just when we were close to having it complete Apple announced the iPhone 13 family!?!!

The photos below show our first injection molded production prototype for our SAFE WALLET 12 Pro Max and it is some kind of wonderful!






Since there are many similarities between the iPhone 12 & iPhone 13 models we figured out how to create hybrid SAFE WALLETS that can accommodate both which I outline below.





SAFE WALLET 

13 PRO MAX

Our SAFE WALLET 13 Pro Max will perfectly fit and work with the iPhone 12 Pro Max as illustrated below. 




The only difference is since the camera base turret on the 13 PRO MAX is larger (left), there will be a little extra space around the camera if you put a 12 Pro Max (right) in our 13 Pro Max case as seen in the photo below. Just to be crystal-clear the photos below are of a 3D printed version of our SAFE WALLET 13 PRO MAX case with both the 13 PRO MAX and 12 PRO MAX installed. 


It is worth noting Apple increased not only the height and width of the camera turret base, but also the depth, not to mention they also increased the height of the cameras. In response, we beefed up the camera corner bumper protection on ALL four new models listed above and below...





SAFE WALLET 

13 MINI

Same thing with our SAFE WALLET 13 MINI model. If you put in an iPhone 12 MINI it will fit and work perfectly, but it will have some extra space around the camera turret as seen below on the right.




We were able to create hybrid SAFE WALLET models for both cases mentioned above since all the buttons have not moved very much. The renders below show our original design for our SAFE WALLET 12 MNI, which has now been modified to accommodate the larger iPhone 13 MINI camera turret base, but this gives you an idea of what to expect.






Upcoming SAFE WALLET 13 & 12 Mini pictured above and below

 






SAFE WALLET 

13 PRO

With the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro models Apple significantly moved the buttons (from the iPhone 12 Models) and made larger camera turrets. Thus, we will offer our SAFE WALLET 13 Pro (left) model which will fit and work with the iPhone 13 as seen below on the right. Since the iPhone 13 camera turret is smaller, like with the other models mentioned above there will be extra space around the camera. 




Below we see our 13 PRO SAFE WALLET on the left with an iPhone 13 installed, and on the right we see it with a standard iPhone 13.







SAFE WALLET 

12 PRO

We will be offering a dedicated SAFE WALLET 12 Pro case which will perfectly fit the iPhone 12 as both of these models share identical dimensions as seen below. 



The photo below shows an iPhone 12 PRO installed in our BulletTrain SAFE WALLET 13 PRO Wallet Case and we see that Apple significantly lowered the position of the Volume UP and Volume Down buttons as well as the Mute switch, which explains why we can't make a hybrid case the way we can with the 13 PRO MAX and 13 MINI.


As delineated on the ETA Timeframe graphic located near the top of this story we will have ALL models initially offered in Black, then a few months later will offer them in many different colors.

Regarding the iPhone 11 family of models we are still on the fence and have not committed to bringing them to market. I would say we likely will NOT make 11 models since we are so late to market, but who knows.

On a really positive note, I have been testing production prototypes of our BulletTrain SAFE WALLET for iPhone 12 Pro Max as have some BulletTrain Beta testers and so far they are nothing shorts of AMAZING! As the designer I realize it is a pain to have to wait so long, but I am certain when we come out with the new models you will LOVE them!!! 



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

In the photo 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.



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 ONE model that has ALL the best features a user could want!



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!!!


Friday, February 25, 2022

Bullet Train Movie Starring Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock & Lady Gaga



Bullet Train 

Starring Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock & Lady Gaga

I just discovered that Brad Pitt is coming out with a new action thriller film named Bullet Train!!! BulletTrain is scheduled to be released on July 15, 2022 in the U.S., which Ironically is just around the time the new BulletTrain.com website will be going live with all our Made in U.S.A product line!!!! Below is the trainer for the new Bullet Train movie:


This new Brad Pitt movie was directed by David Leitch, and is based upon the novel Maria Beetle, which was published in English as Bullet Train. I am really excited to check out this BulletTrain movie since it shares the same name as our BulletTrain brand which makes the best accessories for Apple products, including our SAFE WALLET and BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform!

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