"Mad Max" showed us that the design needs some refinement. But since we received some prototype boards for this design, we decided to do a quick follow up to Max. We're calling it "Thunderdome".
We did our first attempt at homebrew surface mount, and it went quite well. But since we now know that the Max series is a dead evolutionary branch, we just glued the new circuit board on the outside and moved on. But we also learned a few more things in the process.
We have our first working prototype. It's been nicknamed "Mad Max" because, well, it's kind of self-descriptive.
Not only is the circuitry about as ugly as it gets, but there was just no way it was going to fit inside the proto case.
Jonathan took it with him on a trip, and his fellow passengers gave him many a sideward glance. TSA didn't notice it. Thankfully.
But the good news? It works great! It feels good, the light is even, and the retractable gooseneck mechanism works really, really well.