Mako Design Wins DNA Paris Award Grand Prix for the ROVER Packhopper!

by | May 26, 2020 | Award, Company News, Featured Blog, Product Design

About the DNA Paris Awards

Based on the Farmani group who’ve established the IDA (International Design Awards) and the EPDA (European Product Design Awards), is the DNA Paris Awards. The Farmani Group established the DNA Paris awards as an accolade to honor the work of international architects and designers that improve the daily lives of others through practical, beautiful, and innovative design. The DNA Paris Awards are juried by a committee that is comprised of designers, editors, and creatives who are devoted to true excellence in design. Award-winning design studio, Mako Design is honored to share that our design on the ROVER Packhopper won Grand Prix by the DNA Paris Awards!

The ROVERPackhopper also just won GOLD in the Muse Design Awards! Check it out, here.

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About the ROVER Packhopper, from Kickstarter to Award-Winning Product

The Rover Packhopper is a sport, fitness, and recreational product invention created through Mako Designs’ top industrial design services by our client, Eric Coffman! Eric started out his project for the Packhopper by approaching Mako Design with his innovative idea, he then started a Kickstarter which gained immense success making it the award-winning product that it is today!

 Made for tennis players and fans everywhere, Eric’s inspiration for the ROVER Packhopper 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 Packhopper 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.

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Mako Design’s Work on the Rover Packhopper as an Award Winning Design Studio

As an award winning design studio, the Mako Design team never shy away from any new and innovative project. 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, color, 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 colors! After our work on The ROVER Packhopper as an award winning design studio, the 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 work as an award winning design studio in action!

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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-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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