Nintendo 3DS uses tapered design new glassfiber resin to be most durable

first_imgAppearance-wise, the Nintendo 3DS doesn’t look like it’s trying to reinvent the wheel. It largely inherits the Nintendo DS Lite’s design, supplementing it with the addition of 3D and a analog joystick. The devil’s in the details, though, and Nintendo has actually gone to great lengths to improve upon the DS Lite’s construction.According to Yui Ehura from Nintendo’s research and engineering department, the 3DS has been designed to make it easier to open than the DS Lite while avoiding the problem of cracked hinges that have plagued previous versions of the console. Additionally, unlike the DS Lite, the 3DS actually has three layers, each stacked on another and purposefully tapered to give your fingers somewhere to grip, preventing the 3DS from flying out of your hands.This tapered design has a drawback, though: the sturdiness and durability suffer in theory. Why? Let’s say you drop the 3DS onto a hard surface, the tapered design will cause all the shock of the impact to be focused on one point. To counter this problem, Nintendo has used a new glass-fiber resin for the 3DS casing to reinforce things, then rearranged the gadget’s inner guts so that damage to the electronics will be minimal when it comes to the trauma of a fall. Nintendo says they’re confident this will end the problem of DS stress cracks.The improvements don’t end there. Nintendo also reworked the buttons and the circle pad to be more durable and aesthetically pleasing. Even the battery cover did not escape a redesign: it now takes up the entire base plate of the console, which is more aesthetically pleasing due to symmetry. You might not consciously notice any of these things, but they all add up to make the 3DS Nintendo’s most well-designed handheld yet.Read more at Kotakulast_img

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