“What Happens When The Phone Size Changes?”December 16, 2012 1:14 pm
We spotted a very interesting question from Michael Arrington in the TC Disrupt finals presentation from the Gtar team. The gTar is a fully digital guitar that enables anybody to play music quickly and easily with the help of LEDs and a docked iPhone (Source). The question from Michael Arrington was this:
“What happens when the phone size changes? Then your guitar won’t work anymore”
The gTar team had a design that could accommodate such a change – but if you think about it, that is a solid lesson for everyone building all kinds of stuff: write down your assumptions, and play around with what could change in those assumptions, how they could change (to the extent possible) and make the required elements of the product as adaptable as possible. It is a simple point, which is precisely why it might get overlooked.
Do whatever you can to keep the guitar working when the phone size changes.