As we mentioned last week, the consistency of the waterproofing is really kicking our butt but we think we’re getting closer to solving it. Most of the units test to 10 ATM, which means they’re super waterproof but we need ALL the units to test to this level. We’ll probably just claim 5 ATM to be safe, regardless, you’ll be able to use Shine with almost any recreational water sport, in the shower and even if you forget it and toss it in with your laundry.
For those who have been wondering how to change your shipping address, just email email@example.com with your info and new address and she’ll update everything for you.
We’ve been working around the clock to prepare for the shipping of Shine, hopefully by June as we announced back in February. One snag we’ve run into is with making sure we have consistency in the water resistance. We’ve got a pretty clever embedded O-ring design that helps makes this possible but we’re seeing inconsistencies in manufacturing, something we hope to make progress on by next week. We’ve been testing Shine units to 10 ATM (that’s over 300 feet deep of pressure) to make sure it’s super water-resistant. Most units seem to be fine but we need to make sure ALL the units will be fine. If the tweaking results in a delay, you’ll be the first to know.
Gosh, all this would be so much easier if we were making a plastic and rubber product, but then we’d miss the whole point of Shine. :)
Have a great week!
Ps. Our Hardware Team still going strong at 6:00am Thursday morning, well, at least 2 of them…
Quick update: Steve’s just received a shipment of our PCB boards from Korea + some more Shines – part of a check we’re doing to make sure quality is consistent. Also, we should be getting pieces of our leather band in soon – we’ll snap a picture once they come in.
For those who’ve been asking about the details of Shine’s functionality: well we’re still finalizing firmware but it’ll mostly be the same as what we’ve announced for our first release and what you’ve seen in past videos. We’ll share more once things are more locked down. We do love the feedback though so please keep the comments/suggestions coming!
PCB boards + Shines
We’re currently testing some processes that will scale our output progressively from 100 Shines/day to 500/day, and eventually 1000/day by the time we start shipping (still going to be June this year) with the eventual goal of hitting our current theoretical maximum of producing 13,500 Shines/day at full capacity on one shift at our current facilities. This will help us meet the demand that we’re already seeing for Shine.
Just so you know, we intentionally try to keep these updates short since we assume people have very limited time to read these things. We’ll have more details about Shine posted on our site as we get closer to launch. Once again, for those who want a refund, let us know and we’ll gladly do it, you can always buy it again later if you change your mind. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll take care of you.
Ps. Here’s a pic of the sport band (photo from a recent Wired article about us: http://bit.ly/11IXfTS)!
Jess has been designing the animations Shine will be displaying. This is one she’s been working on (in progress) for when you hit your goals: http://bit.ly/17q29G9
By the way, thanks for the overwhelming response to the surveys, this really helps us plan out future products. If you haven’t gotten our previous updates, we’re still on course to ship in June. Have a great week!