Computer & Telecoms

designed for technology

The market for consumer electronics is a fast moving business with intense global competition for the companies and brands that succeed and survive.

We worked at the forefront of early personal mobile devices with the design of pocket and mobile computers for Psion and cellular telephones and pagers for NEC, Ascom, Ericsson and Alcatel.

The personal smartphone is rapidly displacing the desktop computer and telephone, providing access to data anytime and anywhere, which has become essential for both business and personal users.

Only global technology and social media companies now have the resources to combine software, hardware and manufacturing, to meet the insatiable consumer demand for both leading edge technology and content.


Philips Remote Keyboard


The Philips Remote Keyboard is a slim wireless battery operated QWERTY keyboard, that can be used with a domestic television and set-top box with text data input and TV remote control functions.

The OEM keyboard was designed to offer custom key layouts for different markets. The project included conceptual design, CAD development, prototyping and production liaison with the factory in China.


Radix RX1 Computer


The Radix RX1 Handheld Computer is an advanced and flexible computer, capable of use in the harshest field conditions, meeting IP67 ingress protection and a shock resistance of repeated 2 metre drops onto concrete.

An integrated printer option is available for utilities, ticketing and parking control, together with a range of custom interchangeable keyboard layouts.

The RX1 can be used with a single loader/charger cradle or ganged together to provide a multiple unit basestation for overnight charging and optical IR data programming.


Synergy Photoscript


The Photoscript 3000 Image Processor helped Synergy enter the high-value DTP market with its leading image processing technology. Frazer provided the startup company with a distinctive product design identity and rapid engineering development.

The housing was initially moulded in a low volume self skinning polyurethane foam and changed over to injection moulding as sales increased. The design featured an innovative control panel, which could be rotated for a vertical tower or horizontal orientation and an efficient ventilation system.


Mobile Telephones


With the rapid growth of the mobile telephone market, we designed the Ascom Crystal and Discovery/Calypso models, which were custom designs of Ericsson phones with higher quality finishes, using Aquagraphic applied coatings and Inmold decorative films.

The Alcatel HC600 telephone was a pioneering project that helped to establish Alcatel as a leading manufacturer in the mobile telephone market. The model was also sold in the UK as the BT Roamer 500.


NEC Phones


NEC was an early market leader in cellular telephones and advanced communications. For several years, we provided NEC with a European design input and local customisation.

We undertook a futures design study which proposed a folding phone, which led to NEC’s development of the P5 Fold Phone, which was successful in international markets.

NEC’s Text Pagers were an important and affordable business communication tool, before the growth of cellular voice technology and rise of SMS Text Messaging.

Our work for NEC included custom designs for pagers, the 11A Car Handset and mobile phones, including the P3, P7, P100 and P800 models.


Psion Series 3


The Psion Series 3 launched in 1991 was conceived as a radical palmtop computer with a graphic display, full function keyboard and powerful multitasking software for data, text and diary functions.

The Series 3 set new standards for personal pocket computing and is highly acclaimed for its innovative mechanical clamshell design, ease of use and personal appeal.

The computer established the palmtop category, winning a British Design Award in 1992, PRW Plastics Award in 1993 and a DBA Design Effectiveness Award in 1994.

The Psion Series 3a was launched in 1993 with a larger screen and more memory and achieved very high international sales and commercial success.


Psion Mobile Computer


The Psion MC200/400 Mobile Computer was an ambitious laptop project with many innovations, such as its graphic user interface, touchpad and solid state disks.

The MC400 version had good battery life and powerful built-in software for text editing, calculator, diary and database, based on a new chipset and 16 bit architecture.

Psion suffered from the high development costs and slow sales of the computer, while sales of the Organiser models were in decline, together with emerging competition from Lotus 123 and Microsoft PCs.

Psion’s new 16 bit technology and knowhow would however go on to be used in the HC Corporate Handheld and the later highly successful Series 3 products


Psion Organiser


The Psion Organiser I launched in 1984 was the “world’s first practical pocket computer” combining an electronic diary and address book with a single line LCD display and alphanumeric keyboard.

The Organiser II launched in 1986 had a two line display, better keyboard, increased power and an RS232 Interface, which led to its application by M&S and other corporate users as a low cost, but powerful data access terminal.

The novel sliding cover was designed to protect the keyboard and memory Datapaks. A printer, barcode reader and EPROM programmers were also developed to support the wide range of applications.

After starting as a games software developer for Sinclair computers, the Organiser was Psion’s first hardware product, for which we provided a complete product design service from concepts, through specification to sourcing tooling and production liaison.