Recently Fable Siegel used the prototype XOOT system for a few weeks. Fable attached the XOOT system to a narrow and tall desk. She would pull the base of the XOOT system to the edge of the desk and pivot the screen up and down while keeping it close to her upper body.
While working this way she would push the main XOOT arm below its designed operating range. This showed a flaw in the design and caused some mechanical issues. We now plan on modifying the XOOT system to better support “Keyboard Tray Mode”.
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The default configuration of a XOOT system is to have both the keyboard and the XOOT system at the same level on the desk. See the article: XOOT System Ergonomics
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To better support “Keyboard Tray Mode” (with the same KIT), several changes to the existing design are necessary:
- The main XOOT arm will have a greater range of rotation. Its shape will change to prevent contact with the base.
- A second spacer between the main XOOT arm and base legs will be included, this will minimize the height of the screen above the desk.
- Internal changes to the XOOT systems rotation mechanism are required.
We’ve completed simulations for all XOOT Kit designs to increase the maximum rotation. Mathematically it seems to work, we still need to complete the mechanical engineering to ensure it’s physically possible.
Sample Cintiq Pro 32 path:
Unfortunately, this improvement will further delay the crowdfunding launch. It will take time to make modifications, test the operation and the quality.