It's time for the latest updates from our frontlines!
1. V's coming your way.......Soon!
Most of the components needed for production are in our warehouse already.
Intel 600p SSDs, component we were most worried about, have arrived as well. Don't take my word for it! See it yourself
A lot of SSDs can fit in those boxes
Packaging and housings are arriving next week!
Thanks to prototype testers feedback we were able to speed up the bug hunt and development process. @Mike is writing update regarding latest fixes later today.
We are moving at a very good pace and we are starting our first pilot production run at the actual factory floor on 25th of April!
Previously all of the units were hand assembled in prototype assembly room. Now we will go to the factory floor and make an actual production run of 50 devices, call it mini mass production.
The goal of this small production run is to test if there are any potential hiccups during manufacturing process. By having small production run first we will ensure that the rest of first batch devices would come off the assembly line without any problems and would not have to be reassembled or produced again.
During mini mass production we:
- want to make sure that we use the optimal assembly process so that no screen, housing or other part gets scratched or damaged during assembly.
- will run our first round of on site screen factory calibrations
- will test the incoming quality check and outgoing quality check process (we want to make sure that no faulty device leaves factory floor so we will test each one of them before shipping to you)
- will run a lot of other assembly tests
This stage will take us around 10 days and then assembly of the remaining units will take 2-3 days more after which they will be immediately shipped.
I will of course be in China together with most of our team during the production of the first batch of V's and will make sure to keep you updated. I am not coming back before V's are shipped to you!
We will start production of second batch of units immediately after first batch is produced. Second batch production is as before planned to be done in 30 days. We are considering splitting up production runs for the 2nd batch so like producing 500 devices first and shipping them 2 weeks after the first batch, making 500 more and shipping them few days later and so on before all 2000 devices are produced. This would help us to ship part of the limited birds faster than in 30 days! The exact timeline of the second batch will become clear after the first batch is produced.
2. Shipping addresses will be locked in 48 hours!
As we are preparing to enter all the order details into our shipping partner system you have 48 Hours to change your address in Backerkit. We have also sent you a notification email about it!
2. Each screen will be calibrated individually at the factory floor!
We want to make sure that all of the Vs have as close to amazing colors as possible. In order to do that we have partnered with the US based company Portrait Displays that has been in the business for years. Each an every V will follow standard we discussed in the community and we hope will be one of the most colorful displays out there!
This little buddies will be used on production line to make sure each and every V leaving factory floor will follow our color calibration requirements.
You can see our color performance here:
We got good news here too! We have passed most of the tests now and just received FCC certificate
Sleeves are in production now and are looking great. We have shipped sleeves to one of our community prototype testers and he will soon (this week ) will share his thoughts on sleeves as well as pictures!
Last but not least few words on prototypes! First we would really like to thank all of the participants of the prototype testing program as we were able to find and resolve a lot of issues without having to wait to ship the product!
Most of the prototype units have been already shipped and received by community members. So far we've seen reviews of DVT1 and DVT2 prototypes. We are shipping few more DVT3 (final hardware) prototypes this week. Prototype testing is especially great for eliminating software and firmware related issues so make sure to keep posting your bug reports and general thoughts about them!