Production has started!
We’ve started production this week. As such, we’re taking it nice and slow since this is the first large volume production of Almond+. Keep in mind that this is a very complex product for a router as we’ve crammed in a lot more hardware than is normal for a router this size. That said, we expect to start shipping the first units shortly and we wanted to give a quick breakdown on the current plans.
First, we just want to let you know that all of the sensors have arrived and we’re ready to ship them with your Almond+ if you’ve placed an order for additional sensors. For those still wondering, yes, we’re planning on offering more sensors in the future and we’re working on a whole bunch of things in parallel, but more about that another day.
As for the shipping we’ve had a fair few questions on who gets what first. As mentioned, due to the factory being unfamiliar with the product, the first 1,000 units will be all black and will feature North American Z-Wave chips. We’re going to keep everything simple in this run, so we’ll ship these to backers that haven’t ordered any sensors. We’ll ship them based on how early on you backed the project and we’ll go in order from backer number one and so on, to try and stick to some kind of logic. Once this first lot has been made, we’ll produce the remaining units for North America, then we’ll move on to those that are waiting for a unit that covers the European 868.4MHz frequency, which is also used in many other place, followed by Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the World.
Many of you have also asked about who we’ll use for the shipping and we’ve settled on TNT which is a courier service. As such it’s crucial that there will be someone at your shipping address that can sign for your unit, as otherwise they will not deliver it. They don’t deliver to P.O. boxes, so please make sure your address does not include one. Note that some countries in the middle east is excluded from this due to that being the normal postal address used there. Also make sure your email address is correct and up to date, as we’ll be sending out tracking numbers to your email address once your Almond+ has shipped.
Below are a few pictures from the production of the Almond+ and these units will be making their way out to our backers shortly.
The Almond+ Team