“For a product like the new Square Reader – a sleek update to the familiar credit card-swiping dongle that’s nearly twice as thin as its predecessor – most of the design work is out of sight. It exists in the meticulous selection and arrangement of the components inside–the delicate stacking of circuitry and silicon that make our gadgets go,” Kyle Vanhemert reports for Wired. “In this unseen world, every millimeter shaved is a victory. And in terms of getting tiny things even tinier, the new Square Reader makes for an excellent case study.”
“Jesse Dorogusker is used to working tiny. Before becoming Square’s VP of Hardware, he spent eight years leading the accessories division at Apple, heading the development of the works-both-ways Lightning connector,” Vanhemert reports. “With the new Reader, he had the chance to take a crack at a flagship product. Sitting in a booth in Square’s immaculate new offices, huddled over a piece of paper with a dozen half-assembled Readers taped to it like bugs pinned to a science museum display, he detailed the challenge for Wired.”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]