Thanks for your continued patience and support. Testing is nearing completion and after having several meetings with local manufacturers, we have selected a local company that will be making our tooling and injection moulded parts. Although slightly more expensive than others, they have a reputation for making good quality parts and work closely with their customers to deliver the best product possible.
We encountered some electrical issues just after Christmas and the bulk of our time has been spent diagnosing and rectifying these. The issues arose due to the new power management circuitry we introduced in the latest revision of our board.
The only way to fix these issues was to isolate the power circuitry onto a separate board. This enabled us to pinpoint the problem and also allowed us to tweak the power management system to power the board in the most efficient manner.
We will have the latest complete version of our board back in 2 weeks, allowing us to finalise our testing and give the go ahead for final review and manufacture.
We mentioned in our last update that design was now locked down, however our dedicated product designer has managed to make the complete package smaller still. It feels great to hold and The design will be released to our toolmaker within 3 weeks. Below is an image of Sukhvir on the factory floor after another successful meeting with our manufacturer.
We are in the process of finalising colours, however the casing will be made of a Polycarbonate/ABS mix, with a silicone band
Our last update mentioned that we were about to head off to exhibit at BETT 2019 in London. The event was attended by over 30,000 people, including teachers, educators and distributors and the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive. We had the latest version on display, with some of our older models were put into action to show off Pip's capabilities.
Below are some videos showing Pip controlling a robot arm, a playing Space Invaders with some fruit and playing Flappy Bird using a gesture sensor.
Thanks again for your continued support and looking forward to showing the final board in our next update.
Sukhvir and Jason