PDT an Astronics Company: Product Design and Development Firm in Chicago, IL
Soldiers are more effective when their electronics are familiar, durable and unobstrusive.

Soldiers are required to carry up to 100 pounds of gear at any given time, making the design of their wearable technology critical.

Military Keypad Display Unit

A new lightweight, slim form factor like current consumer electronics

Our team took cues from current consumer electronics that soldiers are used to: a new lightweight, slim form factor, text messaging capability, and dual orientation controls were introduced.

Taking Cues

Military keypad display unit in the elements

But this isn’t a consumer electronic product. Military units brave the toughest elements. Equipped with a night vision display and wearable strap feature, soldiers enjoy accessibility and efficient usability in any condition. KDU is right by their sides at all hours and can survive any abuse thrown at it. Because our goal was to deliver the keypad with an IP67 rating, we designed the device to be assembled without screws by ultrasonically welding the housings as well as bonding the silicone keypad to the housing.

Equipped for the Toughest Elements

Military keypad display unit drop testing

The rugged design underwent drop testing in our lab.

Rugged Design

Military Keypad Display Unit

The new design found quick success; pre-production release appearance models generated enough sales demand to provide complete ROI within 3 months of launch. At a quarter of the retail price of its predecessor and the ability to be assembled in nearly a tenth of the time, this device sparked a new business model for the purchase of accessory devices. Since they are inexpensive and quick to produce, small military units can privately purchase them when they need them.

Quick Success

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