[caption id="attachment_103" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Runbell and various prototypes[/caption]
We got started with our concept more than one year ago. I had trouble running through the city streets here in Tokyo especially at a few key locations. The subway exits would sometimes be swarmed with people. Bus stops had people jumping off the bus. And grandmas would just dart out of convenience stores. I needed a better way to run. I started with a cheap bicycle bell. Obviously, it wasn't the perfect tool, but my runs were much easier.
The first prototype arrived in September. The day the 3-D printed Runbell came in the mail was so exciting. I immediately put Runbell to work on a run home from work. Almost perfect. Over the next six months, we have been refining and making the Runbell not just work, but also look awesome. The bell slowly reduced in size and the sound slowly grew more and more beautiful. Brass bells are really just so pleasing to the ears.
Enjoy these pictures of our prototypes and final product.
[caption id="attachment_104" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Runbell and various prototypes[/caption]
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