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What music brings to your ears, Sisyphus brings to your eyes. Kinetic art, technology and design merged in stunning meditative beauty.
What music brings to your ears, Sisyphus brings to your eyes. Kinetic art, technology and design merged in stunning meditative beauty.
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December update

Posted by Bruce Shapiro (Creator)
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Our production shop closes down at the end of the work day today, and the entire Sisyphus team begins a well-deserved break for the holidays.  As the New Year rapidly approaches (last night was the longest of this year), here's where we are:

Shipping, shipping, shipping-

At this point, Greg (our shop lead, and knower of all things that enter and leave the space) tells me we have shipped over 560 metal tables, ~100 of which are the larger coffee tables. Yesterday, Greg and Collin both sent me texts relaying that they stuffed 25 coffee tables into the FedEx truck that afternoon - an unexpected record!  

Jimmy and Andrew surveying 25 coffee tables about to go out
Jimmy and Andrew surveying 25 coffee tables about to go out

Shipments to Canada have begun, with Europe, Asia, Australia to start in January. Wood table fabrication is going full steam ahead. Our first crate with white-glove delivery shipment will happen in early January as a test. If the result is good, more to follow soon after. Before each update I review prior ones - some now a year old. It's interesting to see where we were (just Micah, Bev and I at the time), and how far we've come (now a dozen in our crew). Last December (update #11) I wrote: "...we hope to assemble and ship when ramped up to full production (2-3 hundred is our goal)...". We have now surpassed that goal, and think there is still room to significantly increase our output as efficiency continues to increase.

Feedback on delivered tables -

With over 500 tables now out "in the wild",  reports continue to be overwhelmingly positive (check recent offerings in the comments section to get a sampling). Most issues crossing our support desk continue to be related to connecting tables to home WiFi. Most are easily solved, but on occasion, a problem is discovered which is relayed to our developers to debug. Keep in mind, our mobile app is still evolving, but things have definitely improved since we started to ship three months ago, and will continue to do so. To date, about five backers have reported problems that we couldn't figure out and remedy after some back and forth emails. In cases like this, we ship a replacement Sisbot or new power supply out (either requires a much smaller box) and the backer swaps it in and sends the bad one back for us to study and figure out what failed. So far, this has worked in all cases - with one exception:

Bev and I (and our two goofy standard poodles) recently set off on a 3,000-mile car trip, to finish in Pasadena where we are spending the holidays with our daughter's family. While stopped for a couple days in Austin to visit Bev's brother, Micah called and let me know that one of the five replacement Sisbots we sent DIDN'T WORK :(. If we have a failure rate of about 1%, the odds of two in a row should be near 1 in 10,000.

me: "Is it the one that went to Hawaii?"

Micah: "No. Texas."

me: "WHERE in Texas? I know it's a big place, but..."

Micah: "San Antonio."

A quick look at the map showed we were only ~90 minutes away, and were pretty much headed that direction on our way to Big Bend National Park the next day. After some phone calls and coordination, we made our first "house call" the next morning. Happily, it turned out to be something simple - the USB cable between the Raspberry Pi and the SisBotBoard had come loose during shipping, and simply plugging it back in fixed it!

Short jaunt down to San Antonio for a service call
Short jaunt down to San Antonio for a service call

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While all the SI crew are an extremely dedicated and serious bunch, we do manage to have some fun in the shop from time to time. Something about the season (not only the holidays, but also the full arrival of our Minnesota winter) brings out the festive mood:

post-eggnog napping
post-eggnog napping

 

getting ready for our first holiday party...
getting ready for our first holiday party...

  

... which was magical
... which was magical

 

Wishing all of you a happy solstice, Hanuka, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Year - from all of us at Sisyphus Industries!

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      olga donati on

      Hi I'm Olga from Italy and I would like to know approximately when do you ship to Rome Italy??
      freewind28@gmail.com

    2. Gemma Torralba - Gil on

      Can't wait to get my table !
      Have you yet shipped to Houston TX ,?
      luisygemma@sbcglobal.net

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      Neil on

      Hope you have a great break, and come back recharged and ready to go. Can you comment where on the backer list you are currently? I backed in Early Bird 2 group, for one of the 36" metal tables and would be good to get an idea of where you are. With ~100 of these tables now shipped, I'd have expected to have heard something by now being backer #190. Are you shipping in backer order?
      Looking forward to the table arriving, and always enjoy seeing the new patterns on Instagram.

      Thanks again!

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      Steve Boriack on

      Hi there, I'm in Texas and was wondering if my table might be on the way... I filled out the questionnaire regarding the color/edge finish & style and my table was one of the 36" metal ones so it sounds like it should have possibly maybe been in the batch shipped? Maybe? I expect I would be given notice of the shipping and delivery estimate but my email has been so full of spam I may have missed it. Looking forward to getting it in. It would make a great conversation starter at my NYEve party but my guess is it will not be here by then. I know you are all working hard and you're having a worse round of natural disasters than we had in Houston so please don't mistake my heightened anticipation as frustration - I'm not there yet, but it would have been a great Christmas surprise. Thanks anyway. - Steve