A quick update on shipping preparations.
Green Status (All is Good)
– Our shipment of batteries arrived, as some of you might seen. They needed to be shipped by camel as they’re a significant HazMat 🙂
– Our outer shipping cartons have arrived.
– We’re re-enabling editing of Perks for those who need to do that TODAY. Confirmations for Grand St. pre-orders will also go out today. Any Amazon pre-orders are entirely outside of our control, but they should all get fulfilled in the next few weeks too (as Amazon are very efficient once good arrive at their fulfillment centres).
Orange Status (Waiting – No Major Issues Expected)
– We’ll start the App Store review process this week, and Google Play next week. The nice folks at appreviewtimes.com indicates average review time for the App Store is ~10-days right now. Google Play takes about 3-hours and I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about that 😉
– Product packaging is taking longer than expected due to artwork issues. These have been resolved and we are now waiting on the printer.
– The stainless steel thermometer probes for Thermo (Thermo has an IR and probe thermometer) still haven’t arrived from China. Part of this was Autumn Festival, although Autumn Festival wasn’t very long this year, so we’re escalating this with the supplier. This only slows down Thermo shipments.
– Still waiting on the final PCBs. No issues are expected, it’s just taking longer than expected. This is unfortunately on the critical path as firmware programming and box integration (putting everything together) can’t start until they arrive.
– We’re still working out the Declaration of Conformity paperwork with our EMC testing house for European Union orders.
Red Status (Risk Involved)
– Our firmware team in India have been porting our firmware to a new version of Nordic’s SDK/SoftDevice. We would love to include this version of our firmware with shipments to crowd-funding backers for one very simple reason: it allows the Bluetooth Low Energy radio stack to be updated in the future without having to return the device to Wimoto. Whilst the Bluetooth specifications don’t change very often, the BLE spec has changed during this project with the update from 4.0 to 4.1 So, the plan here is to include this update if we can get it finished and tested in time — otherwise we’ll ship the current firmware. This does not affect the ability to update our portion of the firmware via the app.
Overall Shipping Status
We’re probably about 2-weeks behind our North American expected shipping date of September 25th right now. We may be able to make some of that up. The Rest of the World expected shipping date may slip by about a week, but there shouldn’t be a directly proportional offset as we should be able to catch-up a little bit.
Moving The Entire Operation Back To Canada
Like many small companies/crowd-funding projects, we’ve had to use some sub-contractors along the way for various things (some of the firmware development, some of the app development). Whilst this is good in that it gives you access to resources “when and if” you need them, it also creates some headaches:
– Sometimes sub-contractors aren’t as responsive or as timely as they could/should be
– Even if sub-contractors are responsive and timely, there’s a latency added to getting things done (wait for an update, go do something with that update, send results back, wait for an update….)
– You lose aspects of momentum and teamwork when you’re not all in one location (let alone timezone)
So, to that end we’re starting to execute on our plan of bringing as much work back to North America as possible and centralizing everything here in Toronto to join me (Marc), Shela and the other folk who help us out with bits and pieces.
Our first new hire is a firmware engineer (Lorenzo) who starts on Tuesday 23rd. The lucky guy’s first job is to optimize our firmware burning procedure whilst helping me burn the first 5,000 units 🙂
We’re also actively hiring for help with the platform side of things as that also needs more love. If node.js, MongoDB, Couchbase, D3.js, data visualization, and RESTful APIs excite you, please drop us a note.
Thank you for everyone’s support and patience getting here. It’s not been an easy journey (for various reasons) and we’re looking forward to getting product in your hands and hearing about all the wonderful things you’re doing with them.
-marc + shela + lorenzo