Mako Design Wins Gold in Season 1 of the Muse Awards for the ROVER Packhopper!

by | May 22, 2020 | Award, Company News, Featured Blog, Product Design

About the Muse Awards Picking the Best Product Development Studio, Mako Design

The definition of a muse is given to someone who is thought of as a source of artistic inspiration. Which is why the word Muse fits best for the Muse Awards! The Muse Awards is an honorary award that is given to design professionals for their work in different areas of design that help create a path forward in the future of innovation and creation for our life and a mark in history. The Muse Awards help to shine a light and inspire the design community around the world by showcasing top designs from all over the world. Design categories include fashion, architecture, product, concept design, and many more. The jury is made up of a collection of senior-level and experienced creatives and art directors from international agencies, designers, and educators. With such prestige, Mako Design is proud to announce that as one of the best product development studios in North America, we won gold for our work on the ROVER Packhopper!

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About the ROVER Packhopper

The ROVER Packhopper is a sport, fitness and recreational product invention introduced to us by our client, Eric Coffman who saw Mako Design as the best product development studio fit to bring his idea to life. 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. The ROVER Packhopper is the perfect example of how the best product development studio such as Mako Design can put together a multifunctional product that improves both efficiency and skill in one sport or activity.

Check out the Kickstarter for the Rover Packhopper, here!

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How the Best Product Development Studio worked on the ROVER Packhopper

For this project, the ROVER Packhopper was designed by our team at the best product development studio in Austin, Texas, who worked 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, color, and measurement changes to find a satisfactory look and design for the project. Thus, being the best product development studio that we are, we 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 colors!

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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) 806-6256 (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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  1. Steve Benner

    Interested in product development/promotion

    • MAKO Design + Invent

      Hi Steve, Thanks for your comment! We will reach out to you at your email address to schedule your free product consultation. Looking forward to discussing with you!


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