Product Development / Consumer
B3 T-1 MIC
A Sound Solution
Security personnel at loud and large events like concerts can’t do their jobs well if they can’t communicate. Radio communication is only good if you can hear it. One company, B3 Risk Solutions, had an idea to solve the problem.
Too much noise
For event security and personnel, clear communication is critical. Depending on the venue, background noise can prevent staff from hearing one another. The team at B3 Risk Solutions, an event services and security company, wanted to solve that problem using noise-canceling technology in their radios.
Working together, Solid and the B3 teams used a human-centered approach to generate concepts for a radio microphone accessory (one that plugs into a standard walkie-talkie) that would be ergonomic and noise canceling. It had to be simple, lightweight and easy to use in the field. And it had to significantly reduce background noise. Once the teams settled on a concept, Solid first produced clay models, then 3D printed versions as the design was refined. Finally, the design was prepared for mass production. Even then, there was more testing and tweaking of the assembled samples. After final reviews, re-testing, and a final quality check were performed, assembly and user instructions were created.
Coming through, loud and clear
What evolved from the development process is the B3 T-1. The noise-canceling radio microphone combines the latest in noise-canceling technology with an ergonomic design, made specifically for use by event security personnel. The microphone can block up to 24 decibels of background noise to allow the user to be heard effectively.
What We Did
Product Concept Development
Identify Ergonomic Issues
Prototyping, Clay Modeling
3D Scanning and 3D Printing
Assembly and User Instructions
Contract Manufacturer Sourcing
What We Used
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"Take a big idea and make it work in a tiny package. That was a huge challenge. But we did it."
Mike Eul Solid Design Principal Electrical Engineer