Bike Lights-prototype // Status
We received the latest prototype and have now testet - and revised the Magnetic Bike Light prototype made in February this year. They are looking quite good and only a few (but important) improvements are called for.
Here are the main positive conclusions:
Shape and Aesthetics
The bikelights are looking great and we now have more or less the right finish and details. We are still adjusting a little, as the rubber material on the back end mold, the logo placement, but the overall feel and quality is good!
We have flashing light. The light is strong and good. We are in the process of testing the light compared to the Danish law for bike lights. (Batteries will have a app. 10 hours longevity and will unfurtunately not be rechargeable because of cost and timeframe.)
We have been riding around the streets to test the overall quality and function of the light and magnet. (see attached video) We are quite satisfied!
Our own tests shows that the magnets works really good. But we are also testing them other places and are investigating if we need other strenghts of the magnets type.
However! We are sorry to say that we still have some issues that we need to solve before manufacturing - which will be affecting the overall timeline.
There are two main problems that needs to be adressed before final approval:
Our button on the back, which is a single part in the molded back piece needs to be shortened to make it fit better. The button is pushing the light out a little bit. The part is in the process of being changed now. Adjusting the button is affecting the electronic parts inside. We need to get it all to match here.
We are changing the electronics inside to make the on/off switch work smoothly.
All in all we are positive - but still not quite there yet. The expected delivery date is therefor pushed further forward. Part of the delay is our change of manufactures in the middle of the process, which still hunts us.
This means that the updated timeline looks like this:
After solving the mentioned issues, we expect the new and final prototype to be shipped from Australia and arrives to be evaluated in Copenhagen the 15/04/2013.
We expect to start up tooling for plastic parts and electronics, the production of pilot run for evaluation and for International test just after our feedback and QC on the final prototype.
Starting mass production is expected the 25/07/2013.
Shipment of production is due to arrive in Copenhagen the 25/09/2013.
Shipment to backers shortly after arrival to Copenhagen.
The timeline is of course changeable (in positive and negative directions) depending on the process. But we will update when relevant changes appear.
We´ve attached a sneakpeak of the prototype, showing that he Bike Lights works well when cycling in Copenhagen and stays put when we set the magnets to the test.
We know that videos and photos does not make it up for not yet receiving the real Bike Lights. But we hope that you feel more informed about our process and barriers.
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