Double Brainbow all the way!
Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving/Hanukkah/Holiday/Break? Good, great, let's get on with it...
This is Jake (you may remember me from such gifs as "guy-who's-way-too-excited-about-dashboard-design") - I'm working on Pinoccio HQ, and I just wanted to give you a little update about some progress the team's made in the last couple weeks (you can follow along as we march towards "Ship Day" on our status page, http://pinocc.io/status)...
Chrome App Advancements
We've built a Chrome App that talks to Pinoccios over USB - this gives you a super-lightweight, always-up-to-date way to set up (or upgrade) your Scouts, since you don't have to download and maintain a huge standalone IDE.
We've recently landed full support for flashing boards through the Chrome app, and what you're seeing in the rainbow gif above is an example of the HQ website talking Serial to the Scout via the Chrome app, over USB - piece of cake!
Mesh Routing and Bus Rides
As you may know, Lead Scouts are in charge of routing all of a Troop's communication to-and-from the internet, via the wifi backpack. Well, our Lead Scout and provisioning code got a bit upgrade this week, and everything's working great! We were able to "chat" with a Field Scout, via the Lead Scout, from the web! Sally was participating in our daily standup from her phone, on a bus, and she could instantly run commands on my Field Scout! Here she is turning the led a nice shade of cyan...
All of these boards, boxes, and bodies need a home, and that home is Pinoccio West, in Reno, Nevada (that's the office in the pic above). We're in the middle of tearing out a wall to make room for our manufacturing floor, and things are shaping up nicely! You can see some pictures of the move up on Flickr.
One of the most important additions to Pinoccio West is Nora, our new Production and Operations Manager! Nora is working closely with Bob, our Hardware Technician (who just happens to be Eric's dad) to bring assembly in-house. She's only been on the team for a few weeks, but Nora is already turning this place into a well-oiled machine.
We've made a list and we're checking things
Eric mentioned this in his last update, but the Pinoccio Status Page is the best place to get updates on our shipping status. Things are really coming together this month, so keep checking in!
~ Jake and the Pinoccio Team
Hello again from Pinoccio!
We have some really great updates for you! First of all, we're close to shipping. We have a small handful of things to finish up, and then we'll be shipping these boards to all of you.
We realize that you may be getting anxious to get Pinoccio in your hands, and we've been very busy at work to get the remaining pieces finished. But that still doesn't help you to know how many tasks are left, and what we've been working on. So, to fix that, we've done two things.
New Status Page
Did you know we have 14 Github repositories that we use to track every aspect of Pinoccio's development? It's great as an internal tool, but we want to give you better visibility into the remaining tasks we have left. So we put together a status page. We'll update this page as milestones complete, and we expect some to get checked off very soon! So anytime you're wondering what's left, just take a look here:
New Blog Post
So now that you know up-to-the-minute status of what we have left before we ship, you may want a deeper dive on what the heck we've been doing lately. We wrote a blog post that describes the process of completing one of our remaining milestones--the test jigs. Have a read if you're interested in all the gory details of "the last 90% of a hardware project." :)
We plan on writing more upcoming blog posts on the details of the other milestones we've been working on, including networking, the new API, our amazing HQ dashboard, and over-the-air firmware upgrade support. GEEKY STUFF!
As always, the Pinoccio team is super excited to get Pinoccios into your hands, and we appreciate all the encouragement and high-fives for building the future together with you. Please come by our Freenode IRC room at #pinoccio, or visit our forum if you have any questions or want to talk shop.
Eric and the Pinoccio Team
Hello beautiful people of Pinoccio!
What's that you see above?! YES! That's right! Boards have arrived in our Reno office. You can see that they are still in panels. De-paneling is one of the many steps in the process to get finished boards to you (more on that below).
The test jigs have been built, and we're working furiously to complete the rest of the test jig code. Packaging has been designed and is being produced now. And no, it's not just an anti-static bag. :)
We still have some work to do though:
• Complete test jig code
• Finish solder jigs
• De-panel boards
• Flash & test boards
• Solder on headers
• Attach batteries
• Place in packaging
We'll all be flying out to Reno soon to tag team this like elves in Santa's workshop.
BUT, that doesn't account for software side of things. Frankly, our tiny team was buckling under the weight of all the software work left to do, so, we've enlisted the help of the smartest brains in the world, to ensure that your Pinoccio experience is nothing short of amazing. Here's a map of everyone that's currently contributing to Pinoccio:
We think that we're on track to ship perks to you in November. We are so excited to get these little boards to you. We've been walking around with them in our pockets the last couple of weeks, and we are completely in love with these little guys. Hope you will be too!
Hey there Pinoccio supporters!
Great news! Our first test batch of boards just came back from our assembly house. They're white (not purple, like our prototypes) and they look awesome. Eric has tested the Scouts, and they passed all tests. He's currently testing the WiFi backpack. If the WiFi backpacks pass all tests, then we'll tell the assembly house to go ahead and assemble all of the boards for the IndieGogo campaign.
Then, in a few weeks, the assembled boards will be shipped to Reno, where we will perform further testing, quality control, load software onto the boards, then pack them up to ship to you.
Here's a pic of Eric with his Dad, testing boards at the assembly house: http://cl.ly/image/223p2e2m2s2D
We'll email all of you backers again before we send the perks, to make sure we have your correct mailing address.
We're getting close now guys, we appreciate all your support and patience.
ps - Ever wonder why crowd-funding projects seem to always be late on delivering? Zach from Spark Devices wrote a great post that rang very true for us: http://z.svbtle.com/why-kickstarter-projects-are-always-delayed/
Hellow Fair People of Planet Pinoccio!
Did we tell you about how hard it was to source headers? Well, TL;DR - after searching high and low, we finally had to order some custom headers. They are now in-hand in "Pinoccio West" — our Reno location, which means we have all the components we need.
PCB Manufacturing is Underway!
The PCBs are being manufactured right now. RIGHT NOW! Surprise: they're not going to be purple. They're going to be "Stormtrooper White" — much like the BeagleBone. Once that's done, the PCBs will be shipped to our assembly house, which estimates a 3-week turnaround time on assembly. The assembly house will then ship completed Scouts to Pinoccio West, where we'll solder headers on, test the boards, load software onto them, and then pack them up to ship to you. We're getting really close now guys! REALLY CLOSE! AAHHHHHHHH! (sorry, sometimes the anticipation makes us yell.)
Remember this guy? …that's Jake Ingman (@jingman). Jake has officially joined our team!! AAAHHH!! (excitement also makes the yelling go) Jake's a multi-faceted unicorn/pegasus/snowflake — a "PegaCornFlake" — who's super strong in everything from high-level Product Strategy to Front-end Engineering. Thanks to Jake's help, the Pinoccio web app, aka "HQ" is quickly taking shape, and lemme just say, it looks amazing!
We got plumbing like Mario
Jake (who's in St. Paul) sent a command Jeremie Miller's Pinoccio Scout in Denver. The Scout ran the command and sent the result back to Jake's web site, all in real-time, proving that all of the plumbing is in place to get hardware talking to the Web.
Sally's ShopLocket interview
ShopLocket interviewed Sally last week and they talked about "bringing her software background to hardware, choosing Indiegogo over Kickstarter and building an open source community for the Internet of Things." Check it out!