We are getting really excited as we enter the home stretch for delivering our first Mycestros! Our production schedule is as tight as we can possibly make it, and we are working hard to get these Mycestros out the door and onto your hands.
Here at Mycestro HQ our goal is to get the performance of Mycestro the best it can be. Our focus has been mainly the embedded code on Mycestro but we made some progress on the application, I would say about 80% complete. The remaining work to be completed hinged on the development of the embedded code. Once we are completely satisfied with the embedded code, around mid-December, we will focus on completing the basic application which will run on Windows 7,8, Mac and Linux.
Our manufacturing partner has already received the production panels from the PCB manufacturer, and are planning to send us completely populated PCBs next week. About the same time, we should be receiving the housings from our molder for test assembly.
So, we are expecting to receive production, completely populated PCB's by the first week of December. Once we receive the production PCB's we are going to program and test each one.
Just the other day I got a photo of the comfort pad which gets adhered to the inside surface of the unit.
If everything fits together properly, which I am confident will, the OK for moving forward with completing the 5K production run will be given mid December.
Embedded Code Development:
Everything is on track with the embedded development. HID over GATT is working great, along with our HID Dongle, excellent response, and the re-connection speed, once Mycestro wakes up from sleep mode, is close to a 1/2 second or less. We also got a single dongle to connect with TWO Mycestros, so those of you who purchased Combo and Multi-Packs will be able to use two at the same time. In this configuration you will be able to set different functions for each Mycestro through the PC/Mac application. We are still working on the boot loader. We almost abandoned it at one point, but then George had a stroke of genius. See, we were trying to use the boot loader to update all the BLE code including the applications for cursor positioning. But, because the linker provided by the IDE we are using would not locate the code correctly in memory, Mycestro would not boot up properly. So, instead of updating all the complete BLE code we are using the boot loader to update only a portion of the code, specifically the algorithms for controlling position. What this means to you is that as we progress forward with new and cool functionality, like using Mycestro as a joystick, we will be able to send out updates to everyone. We also added a soft reset just in case there is some issue with Mycestro where it doesn't operate properly. The soft reset works by pressing all three tactile buttons at the same time. By the end of the first week in December we will be locked into whatever embedded code we have. So, we are really focusing on getting every feature we can that is absolutely necessary to have great functionality, and the give us the ability to support any updates we have moving forward.
Test Fixture/Bed of nails:
The test fixture is due to arrive at our facility first week of December. We will fit it with the electronics which will power up each individual Mycestro and take it through a pre-programmed set of tests. The test fixture will also give us the ability to reprogram individual Mycestro if necessary.
Our goal is to start shipping product by the first week in January 2014 if not sooner. I did have some discussion with our manufacturing partner on getting product in partial shipment off the line. No promises were made but we are on the high priority list.
Ohio Aerospace Institute Innovation Award:
Innovative Developments and Mycestro won the Innovation award from the Ohio Aerospace Institute. I snapped a picture of the plaque. OAI is a joint initiative of the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the State of Ohio, ten Ohio public and private universities granting doctoral degrees in aerospace-related engineering disciplines, and numerous companies engaged in aerospace activities. Innovative Developments has been a member of OAI since 2012, and has participating in Department of Navy Rapid Innovation Fund pertaining to Human-Centered ISR UAV Tactical Information and Flight Control System.
Thank you again for backing Mycestro. We certainly appreciate your patience. If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Nick Mastandrea, CTO