Ordering system, manufacturing schedule and some pictures
We’re now about four weeks from when the production of the Almond+ will start and it’s very important that you read through this update if you want to be able to take delivery of your Almond+ as soon as possible.
On Monday morning UTC+8 we’ll be sending out an account activation email for our ordering system to the email address associated with your Kickstarter address. If this email address isn’t up to date for some reason, please let us know as soon as possible via a PM here on Kickstarter so we can change it.
The email will include a unique link tied to your email address and if you follow that link you’ll be taken to a page where you have to set up a password for your account. Once this has been done, you can log in and verify your order, as well as your address details and telephone number. You’ll be able to edit all the details here if you notice anything that’s wrong. For those of you that haven’t responded to the survey that we sent out via Kickstarter, you’ll also be able to fill in the missing details straight into the ordering system, rather than having to do so via Kickstarter. In addition to this, there will be options to upgrade to a different colour (sorry, no downgrades) for the same price difference that we asked for on Kickstarter.
For those that haven’t paid for international shipping, you’ll also be able to pay this at this point in time, as otherwise we’re afraid we’ll be unable to ship your Almond+. Finally, this is also where you’ll be able to add the previously mentioned ZigBee sensors to your order. Of course, apart from those that haven’t paid for international shipping, everything above is optional.
Instructions for how to use the ordering system can be found by clicking on the following link - http://wiki.securifi.com/index.php?title=Almond%2B_Ordering_system
Some of you have asked about purchasing additional units and the short answer here is that at the moment, we’re not certain that we’ll have additional units. If we have additional units, these will be offered at a higher price than that of the Kickstarter units, due to the increased cost of the Almond+ based on the hardware improvements we’ve done. We will be able to let you know if we can offer additional units before we start shipping and we will announce the cost as well if this becomes a viable option for us.
We’ve completed our first small pre-production run and the mass production will be done in larger batches. This is done so we can make sure there are as few quality control related issues as possible. As such, we’ll be shipping units as and when one of these batches are done. There’s a lot of manual work involved, like calibrating the Wi-Fi, ZigBee and Z-Wave radios and programming the firmware of the ZigBee and Z-Wave radios during the production. Each batch will take the factory about two to three days to complete and we’re expecting the whole production to take about two to three weeks from start to finish. We expect to start production on the week of the 9th of June and if all goes as planned, we should have finished the production before the end of June.
Below are some pictures of the manufacturing process of the housing for the Almond+ as it’s being made by one of our manufacturing partners. It shows the mould being inspected before the moulding process, the actual enclosures being moulded, parts in the moulds and finished parts out of the mould. We’ve also included a picture of the front part of the Almond+ enclosure in all of the different colours that are available to give you an idea of the final look and finish.
The Almond+ Team