Orbit began as a quarantine project and was inspired by my own frustrations with my then-current kitchen scale. When using larger bowls for baking projects they totally obscure the display and made it hard to see the measurement.
When it died, I took it apart to learn how it worked. I noticed that it was split there were only really two major areas: the weighing area and the display area. If the wiring were organized a little differently, like if it were just one cable joining the two areas, it might be possible to make that wire longer and make the display area more accessible. In the early planning process, it occurred to me that the way that the display area would be tethered to the weighing area was similar to the way a moon is tethered by gravity to a planet.
Rapid prototyping with paper and cardboard was used to test the sliding mechanism and variations on it. 3D printing helped to better refine the sliders for the underside of the display area.
The final prototype's display is easily visible from underneath the large mixing bowl when extended.
Orbit features a high contrast digital display for increased visibility and large easy-to-use buttons to handle power, taring a measurement and changing units. The sliding mechanism not only makes the display easier to access, but also acts as a cable guide to manage the cable's slack as the display is pulled out or pushed in.