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Mantis Design Workstation - A render of what the Mantis would look like in use
Mantis Design Workstation - A rendering of the Mantis in use in one of its orientations
Mantis Design Workstation - This photo shows the full scale model of the Mantis Design Workstation on show at my graduand exhibition
Mantis 1 - Store - Store -
This first orientation is intended for when the product is not in use. The user has the capability of folding the unit flat to the wall into only 90 mm of space.

This function allows for the space freed up by the product to be used for other purposes such as bodystorming or any other tasks which would require extra space within the environment the product is installed in.
Mantis 2 - Create - Create -
When the product is needed the user can press the button on the side of the main hub (pictured right) to raise the lower surface. Once the button is depressed a motor operates the innovative support struts which lifts the lower surface to a horizontal position. The struts and the motor then lock the lower surface in position and in this orientation the design provides its next function.

In this orientation, the Mantis is intended to be used as a location for soft models.
Mantis 3 - Interact - Interact -
From the previous orientation the user can release the top surface using the release latch. Once the top surface is released the user can lower the upper surface to meet the lower surface in a horizontal position.

Once the surface is in position it can be used as a digital work surface with both the main screen and secondary screen acting as a digital desktop for any number of software driven interactions possible with the touch screen.
Mantis 4 - Sketch - Sketch -
The main screen and top surface can be rearranged into different positions for different actions. The user can lift the back of the screen which pulls the screen supports into a different position along the track.

- Provides an interactive display for the user to sketch on or physically interact with

- Can be manipulated to provide an angled screen from 0 to 85 degrees.

- The stylus can be used instead of or in conjunction with the user's free hand and on either screen.
Mantis 5 - Work - Work -
The user can manipulate the main screen to offer a different set of functions. The front edge of the main screen can be pushed towards the back of the product til it's in an almost upright position. The secondary screen is then removed for use as a peripheral interaction device. The stylus can also be used on the secondary screen.

- Provides the ability to interact with the product in a similar way to a PC.

-Possible tasks in this orientation are only limited by software.
Mantis 6 - Present - Present -
First, the bottom surface is lowered. The top surfaces can then be released using the spring locks on the each side. Once unlocked both top surfaces are rotated 180 degrees and folded flat against the wall with both upper surfaces face outward.

- Mantis can be used for presentations, brainstorming or meetings

- The stylus can be used on the screen similar to a white board.

- The secondary screen can be used

- Product position is better for viewing and standing interaction.
Mantis - Detail design - This page outlines some of the design features not highlighted in previous pages. These include the innovative support struts, task appropriate lighting, the secondary surface and the overall manufacture and design for disassembly.
Mantis - Colour and Trim - This is a colour and trim page for the Mantis Design Workstation
Mantis - Size - This page shows the overall scale of the Mantis and some important measurements of the concept
Mantis - Model Process
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Mantis Design Workstation
Nick Carnie
Industrial Designer Melbourne, Australia