As we continued to build upon our concept, we built our first prototype by laser cutting and assembling pieces of balsa wood. We fitted and installed the arcade buttons and allowed users in the studio to provide feedback.
Overall, it was received positively, as the prototype seemed "approachable", "friendly", and "fun to press". During this stage, we also explored the placement and spacing of the components, sizing of the button box, and discussed what "feeling" we would like to communicate through our design elements. While we liked the "cuteness" of the balsa wood, we decided to elevate our aesthetic by creating a new button box with acrylic.
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