First 1k shipped, what’s next?
Good news, we’ve shipped the first 1,000 units of the Almond+ to our backers!
Some of you have already received your units and have had questions. To help our support team deal with your questions, can you please make it clear that you have questions about your Almond+. You can also ask question in our forum – http://forum.securifi.com/
So what’s next? Well, as noted above, we’ve shipped the first 1k units which was our initial production run. This was to get everyone in the factory familiar with the assembly process and work out any final kinks in the assembly and test process. We found a few minor issues with our production process and these have been rectified for the next production run. None of these issues have had any impact on the quality or functionality of the units we’ve shipped, it’s merely a matter of improving the overall process for the factory. As mentioned in the previous update, yields are good and next week we’ll start production of all the remaining boards, for all regions.
However, it’ll take some time from once the boards have been made until they’ve been assembled, programmed and tested. What this means for those of you that are still waiting for your Almond+ is that there will be a small time gap before we resume shipments of about a week, hopefully less. The good news is that once we start shipping again, we’ll be able to ship more units per day than we did with the first 1k. We anticipate to ship somewhere between 500-700 units a day once we’re in full production.
Once we’ve shipped the remaining black units (with and without sensors) for North America, we’ll be doing white, followed by the coloured models. After that it will be the EU units, or 868.4MHz if you prefer, so all those living in a region that uses that frequency will get theirs in the same batch as our European backers and we're doing it in the same order as for North America, black, then white and finally colours. All remaining regions will follow last, using the same order colour order for the shipments. Hopefully this clears up the planned shipping schedule, although we can’t give you an exact timeline as to which day/week we’ll ship what. However, you will receive an automated email with a tracking number as soon as your unit has shipped.
The Almond app is now available over at Google Play, so if you own an Android device, you can go ahead and download it. We had to make a few minor changes to the iOS app, but we’ll be submitting it for approval to the Apple App Store next week. Keep in mind that this is the first release of the app and we’re still working on a lot of things. Notifications is one thing that’s currently missing, but we expect to have that in place in about a month or so.
Below are a few more pictures from the production, drop test (of both the Almond+ on its own and inside the packaging) and packing of the first 1k. We’ve also included another video, this time showing the full assembly line and packaging process, although it doesn’t include the manufacturing of the PCB itself.
The Almond+ Team