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Minke E-mail
Red_dot_awardAngling is one of the most popular recreational activities in the world, supplied by rod and reel brands such as Daiwa and Hardy & Grey's, established in 1872. It's not an industry given to rushing New Product Development but there are still challenges to be solved.
Tying knots well for instance requires knowledge, practice and dexterity. Simply because of the small size, hooks and lines are awkward to tie at the best of times, but add windy, cold or wet conditions and the task becomes even trickier. Fishing is a sport enjoyed by all ages but there is a significant propensity for older enthusiasts so poor eyesight and impaired dexterity are common issues. We addressed all these when designing the Minke, a unique tool for tying fishing knots simply and easily. 
Wearing the Minke on your finger, a hook is slotted into the front of the tool - a self-centring rubber mechanism holds the eye of the hook in place. The fishing line is then pushed down a channel in the top which guides the line through the eye of the hook. With practice this can be done with your eyes closed!
A clinch knot (the most common and trusted knot for coarse and fly fishing) is formed by wrapping the protruding line around rings on the body of the Minke and feeding the line back again down the channel. Simply pulling the hook out of the device tightens the knot around the hook.
The Minke won Meso our first international Red Dot award and early product tests with coarse fishermen generated hugely enthusiastic reactions but refinements are of course in progress. After all, we wouldn't want to rush it, now would we!

Projecteo E-mail
Remember sitting darkened in rooms watching your beautiful slides projected into life? Photography is forever digital now and better for it but there is a little magic lost from those old projector shows. Our clients, Mint Digital, came to us with a seriously cool miniature slide projector prototype that uses an LED to illuminate wheels of 35mm slide film. The idea is that you can order custom wheels online to bring your Instagrams into the physical world.

Meso helped Mint design the projector for volume manufacture and source production suppliers. Mint has successfully funded Projecteo on Kickstarter, the world's leading crowd funding site. Projecteo received over $87,000 of pledges on the site from 2,789 backers. We can't wait to see how people use them - watch this space.

Endura Product Launch E-mail

Product Design company Meso are happy to announce the launch of another new product. In 2011 we were approached by Livingston-based cycling equipment manufacturer Endura, with the challenge of redesigning their Luminite clothing bicycle light.

Meso's multi-disciplinary team of designers, mechanical and electronics engineers were perfectly suited to the task, creating a device that met the requirements of being small and robust, yet both bright and efficient.

The light is currently in mass-production, so check back soon for more information on where and when you can buy one.

Scottish Business & Culture Meet E-mail

Product design and development company Meso were proud to be invited to showcase work at the inaugural Scottish Business and Culture Meeting, at Summerhall in Edinburgh. Joining other companies in education, finance, engineering, arts and humanities to discuss solutions through innovation and technology to problems such as low economic growth and jobs.

For more information on the conference, take a look at the event page at Summerhall.

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