Wave™ Two-Way Radio TLK 100

  • 2019

  • Product
    Commercial and Industrial

Commissioned By:

Motorola Solutions

Designed In:

United States of America

The Wave Two-Way Radio TLK 100 provides essential two-way radio communication over cellular networks. The device emulates the minimalist features of a two-way radio while reducing the screen distractions associated with smartphones. It allows users to concentrate on the task at hand with a simple, reliable, and cost effective solution.

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  • Two-way voice radio is a proven medium for effective communication however it can be limited in range and require costly systems. What if the ubiquity of cellular networks could be combined with the reliability of purpose-built talk and listen devices? What if users could simply subscribe to a radio service instead of investing in costly infrastructure? Combining a time honored medium (Two-way Radio) with a new method of delivery (Cellular Network) would enable people to communicate in familiar, efficient ways over a modern and reliable system. This challenge is the foundation of the TLK100 solution.

  • The Design solution re-imagines the traditional radio form factor by reducing size and weight yet retaining radio tactile and visual touchpoints such as the Push-to-talk button and shortened antenna. Primary competitors in this category include Smartphone devices with intensive display and UI interactions. The simplified tactile controls and voice centric emphasis of this device differentiates it as a purpose-built solution intended to enhance workflow rather than distract with complexity.

  • This Design solution moves two-way radio from a device centric model to a subscription centric one. Users are able to purchase communication capability as a service rather than purchasing a device. The TLK 100 User Experience is designed to support this model by providing an intuitive interface and a simplified path for software updates and upgrades. The physical Design of the device draws on familiar purpose-built two-way radio cues which are reinterpreted into a new scale and service delivery paradigm.

  • The Push-to-talk button retains emphasis on the voice connection that is critical for teams and workgroups. In order to reduce size the typical rotary knob channel selector has been replaced with a top mounted rocker switch which also allows more flexibility in adjustment and range. Channel and volume information are shown on a unique LED display which projects through the translucent housing and disappears when not in use. For a clean and uninterrupted look the display Information is only shown when needed by the user. The display disappears when not in use.