January 2018 update:
Now that we're on the other side of holiday season and despite the arctic weather many of us have endured, the days are starting to lengthen, it's time for a brief update on our progress:
Shipping metrics: We're just about to cross the half-way mark of fulfillment in terms of raw numbers of tables (736 out of 1547 total, across all award levels). However, this does not mean we've shipped nearly half of every type of table. The current breakdown of shipped tables:
- 22" metal, 2017 estimate - nearly all the domestic rewards; 25 to Canada; 5 to the UK; 5 to Australia.
- 36" metal, 2017 estimate - 167 domestic (of about ~575).
Yes, we are behind in our 2017 delivery estimates for most of you. From the onset, our stated plan was to start with the smallest (therefore easiest) tables, develop and refine the assembly ->test->pack->ship process, and then once we received feedback from those who received them, add the next “hardest” tier – the metal coffee tables. These two metal table rewards far outnumber the wood table orders, so we concentrated on them first. This does not mean, however, that wood table fabrication was stalled (as pictures I've posted attest). But for all our award levels, the major issue that has limited delivery speed has been ensuring your table survives the trip once it leaves our dock. The 22's have had far fewer shipping issues since they are smaller. But early "disasters" with the 36's' shipping box required both redesign of the box and the packing strategy. We have instituted these and are resuming shipping at full capacity, with a keen eye watching for further problem reports. We planned to ship our first wood table this month, but it took longer than expected to arrange both crate fabrication and "white glove" delivery service (un-crating at delivery address, in-home set up, removal of crate and packing materials). We intend to start shipping wood tables domestically in February. For those who have not yet received your tables, I know it's already been a long wait. We hear from a fair number of you every day, checking to make sure we didn't lose your info, and wanting a better arrival estimate. Please know we are doing things as fast as possible, without sacrificing quality - which will always be our highest priority. Keep in mind, that we began our very first shipments only 4 months ago, and that every month efficiency and number of tables out the door continues to climb steadily.
90 more coffee table frames arrived at our dock yesterday. Time to bring them inside!
Software: Our developers have been working hard on a major update of our app. We are doing the last testing and debugging now - look for these new features coming in the next week or two:
- more readable and intuitive interface
- sleep / wake / nightlight timer function
- pause between tracks option
- ability to delete playlists and tracks
For those of you looking for more tracks from others, or composing your own, we are still working on the "Community" section of the app. We will open it once the above update rolls out and we have some feedback on it. In the mean time, Micah has created a place for techies to share knowledge and questions on Reddit in the subreddit "/rSisyphusIndustries".
The kind folks at Kickstarter invited us to have one of our Sisyphus tables at their booth, at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Bev, Micah, and I flew out and experienced our first CES (mind blowing). A big shout out and thank you to Kickstarter!
Sisyphus will be at the Super Bowl! - OK, not really "at" the Super Bowl, but within 5 miles of it. If you happen to be enough of a sports nut to travel to Minnesota in February for the game this Sunday, and have some time to visit us - please stop by! (contact us for directions). The predicted high temp for game day is 11 degrees, F. (but we do have heat at the shop :)