Mako Client Highlight: Rover Pack Hopper for Tennis Players

by | Mar 31, 2020 | Business, Client Spotlight, Innovation, Product Design

At Mako Design, we get a lot of questions about the types of products we can or cannot make, however, with our team of world-class designers, Mako Design offers top industrial design services and is greatly versed in being able to make any type of product! We’ve noticed as the weather starts to get warmer, more and more inventions and product ideas have revolved around physical activity and sports! Seeing as how the sport, fitness, and wellness fields are particularly popular for product design and do well in targeting audiences of all ages and genders, helping to create sport and fitness related products is an exciting and fun opportunity for the design team at Mako!

With an extensive background and collection of work from the sports and fitness field, one of the most recent projects and pieces of work created with our top industrial design services for our Mako Client, Eric Coffman, is the ROVER Packhopper!

About the Rover Pack Hopper

The Rover Pack Hopper is a sport, fitness and recreational product invention created through Mako Designs’ top industrial design services by our client, Eric Coffman! Made for tennis players and fans everywhere, Eric’s inspiration for the ROVER pack hopper was to create a way to make it easier to carry everything you need to practice and play a great and efficient session of tennis. The ROVER Pack Hopper is a backpack specially made for tennis that is able to hold up to 85 tennis balls, as well as a large pocket for racquets, numerous small pockets for accessories and mesh pockets for water bottles. The backpack is easy to carry and can be wheeled around easily around tennis courts and other terrains. With extendable legs, the ROVER Packhopper can raise tennis balls to the exact height that you need to help feed tennis balls to help work and practice on your service. If you want to watch yourself serve and practice, the ROVER Packhopper can hold your phone through a handy compartment and film you while your practice, making it possible to monitor and watch your progress.

Our Top Industrial Design Services and Working on the Pack Hopper

The Mako Design team are big fans on taking on projects and product ideas that involve numerous functions and interesting concepts. Upon hearing about the idea for the ROVER Packhopper, the team was excited to create and see the execution for how the product will be built given all of its amazing details and multi-functional capabilities! For this project, the ROVER Packhopper was designed by the team at the Mako Austin office who working on the mechanical concept of the ROVER Packhopper. Our director of design, Tim Uys, helped create the internal and external 2D and 3D CAD files and schematics for the design, and after reviewing the design concept, material and product execution with Eric, Mako Design immediately began to work on outsourcing the right material in order to make the first prototype for the Packhopper!

     After some prototyping and a final review of the product, Mako Design was able to accommodate and find the right material, colour and measurement changes to find a satisfactory look and design for the project. Thus, our top industrial design services were able to create a fully functioning tennis sports equipment product with all of its multifunctional capabilities all packed within a durable and aesthetically-pleasing design, available in different colours! The ROVER Packhopper was able to successfully reach its Kickstarter campaign goal and has made its way into mass production for tennis fans and athletes around the world to enjoy!

Visit the ROVER Packhopper website to learn more about this amazing product and see how Mako’s top industrial design services work in action!

If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MAKO and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst!

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent

Company Team

MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.

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