HATCH二人’s contributions to the product that was introduced at the Las Vegas consumer technology show were more than a refinement of ThirdEye Gen’s prototype.
Expected to become available late in 2020, the X2 Glasses will be the lightest, most manufacturable mixed reality personal device in the world, say the developers.
Instead, the partners intend to make the product development cycle seamless for their clients.
The partners’ vision for HATCH二人 blossomed when they met. “We were both working at a tech company in Silicon Valley, says Thai. “On break, playing Pokemon Go, decided we wanted to become entrepreneurs.”
The new studio’s first effort was Aggregate Watches, industrial-look timepieces that incorporate concrete, stainless steel and sapphire glass. HATCH二人 successfully raised funding on Kickstarter to launch the brand.
“Then through referrals, we started freelancing, doing industrial design,” says Thai. “The clients and jobs got larger and larger, and we started to hire a team, to create HATCH二人. We were almost accidental agency owners.”
HATCH二人 knows from experience that industrial design and mechanical engineering are entwined throughout the product development cycle. The studio’s name is inspired by this knowledge. 孵化 refers to the understanding that each product needs a starting point: When a bird lays an egg, it creates a new life. 二人 pertains to the partners’ concept that it takes both of their backgrounds in industrial design and mechanical engineering to successfully complete the cycle.
“I was a good student in terms of the skills I learned,” he acknowledges, “but a bad student in terms of following directions of my instructors…. I would say my ability to bend the rules prepared me for entrepreneurship.”