The “last mile” of the journey was ugly – it involved 3 hours of high speed driving, some frantic phone calls, and at one point I actually got down on my knees pleading and squeezing out some not-that-fake tears.
…it’s a long story…but the end result is that the first field test units are finally in our possession!
We left China two weeks ago without them because the i-ring used to seal the watch glass didn’t fit right. This is nothing surprising since the goal of the build was to spool up our final suppliers for the first time – and things never go perfectly the first time. After 2 remakes we finally had something that could be press-fit properly and they were ready to ship out.
We are spending the weekend in Ensenada installing batteries, updating firmware, and putting the units through a little more testing. We are also jerryrigging some homemade charging cables for the Go Sticks. The real ones won’t arrive until later this week and we don’t want to delay sending units out to our field testers any longer.
We’ll probably send out a small batch this week and a larger batch next week so we can easily react to any unexpected surprises.
As for final ship date…we are still targeting late August/early September. However I don’t want to commit to a date until we’ve nailed water resistance. Water resistance generally takes a few tries. But now that our gasket, i-ring, and o-ring suppliers are all tooled up we are able to do some rapid iterations using different types of rubbers and plastics. The goal of our next build – currently scheduled for mid July – is to be able to deliver field test units ready for water resistance testing. Stay tuned. …now it’s back to work.
C2K and the Bia Team