UL, GUI, Timeline
It’s update time again, and we’ve got some info on UL, the GUI, and timeline.
Revised GUI Layout
Since UL has given us the time, we’ve taken our GUI to several UX designers who’ve given us their input and advice. We’ve done some rejiggering on the GUI to streamline it and hopefully make it more intuitive and accessible to all the different levels of experience and interest we’re dealing with.
Parts and Packaging
We’re getting packaging samples in this week, looking at various eco-friendly options and triple-checking to make sure that the packaging is durable enough to minimize breakage during transport (which basically consists of dropping our precious Nocturn from various heights and shipping it back and forth across the country until it breaks).
We’re also receiving a larger run of production parts next week for testing. These parts are made in quantity using production methods, as opposed to smaller run parts, which can tend to be a little different from their full production counterparts. On with testing on that front!
UL Muddles On
We’re still waiting. Obviously it’s a huge hurdle and it’s frustrating to everyone that it’s taking so long.
We’ve been going back and forth with UL, with discussion largely centering around the open source component of the project. They have minimal experience with certifying open hardware products, and consequently have a lot of questions about exactly what will be modifiable and in what ways one might modify it. However, we’re fighting hard to convince them that we have sufficient hardwired fail safes built into the machine to prevent negligent use.
Currently estimating shipping in late September/early October
Does this suck? YES!
Are we excited about delaying this project even further? NO!
Is Janet pumped to receive your questions and eager comments? Heck yeah (and you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Are we experiencing the creeping psychosis that comes with the emotional peaks and valleys of trying to make a product? Probably!
Are we more foolheartedly determined to make this thing work than ever? Aww yiss! We’re pot committed, baby.
Until next time,
Your haggard team
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