MIITO team & General business
We are so excited to share very good news with you! After months of interviewing and looking over tons of applications: we have finally chosen the best possible person to be the Head of Engineering. Our new team member has the relevant experience from the industry, knowledge about certifications, power electronics and very importantly: she is extremely organized, to the point and strict with her demands. And yes- she is a woman and we are extremely proud to have passionate and professional females representing MIITO. Together with Crystal, she will be guiding the technical development and challenging our partners for the best possible results. We are very much looking forward to have her on the team!
Another exciting news: we have participated in the TechCrunch meet up. It really was an honor to be part of this legendary meet up and to be able to connect many interesting people including VCs and investors. As you know - we are preparing ourselves for fundraising and we believe that events like these are extremely important for building the relationship with potential investors. We believe that it has to be a healthy relationship first and only then we can talk about successful investment opportunities. Exciting new chapter for MIITO and we are looking forward to grow together with our future investors.
As we have expressed in our previous updates, we are very happy with the current path that MIITO has taken upon. Yes, we have had major struggles and set backs and we can only wish that we would have been more educated a year ago. But together with you we have grown and learnt tons of things about development and business and we can see that now MIITOs development is stably heading towards a beautiful product.
We know how important is to share a timeline but we truly hope you understand our hesitation on publishing a fixed date as there are still multiple variables that can impact the development and manufacturing. At this time its impossible to give a precise shipment date but with the current development efforts in mind and the time that's required for preparing for mass manufacturing, we estimate the production of your MIITOs early summer 2017. We know this is far away from our initial goal but we can be very grateful to all of you for being so patient and supportive.
Heat management: we have started a collaboration with a mechanical engineer with extensive knowledge on heat management. He have started to run simulations to project the heat movement within the MIITO shell. This information helps us to design the ventilation system to avoid the overheating of the coil and other electrical components.
Power tranfer + coil dev + topology decided
We've talked a lot with you about power transfer in these past months. Our technical challenge is a unique one unlike any in the marketplace, and the experts we have included in our development team agree that the core function of our product is a critical topic that should be addressed with a scientific and methodical approach- with results consistently validated for manufacturability so that unlike in the past, this time we do end up with a product that can go to production.
We have already made progress with our partners in selecting the core components and topology that will be used as the basis for power transfer improvement. It is important to us that we deliver to you a product that can perform in the best possible way, and so this phase of our development -that focuses on increasing the amount of power that can be transferred into the disk to heat your liquid- is really important. We have already begun this work. This phase is scheduled to be completed in the end of September.
Issues mentioned in the previous update
Temperature measurement: We are currently testing a solution for measuring the water temperature that does not require additional certification, and puts us on a better path to a manufacturable product.
Rod movement: Thank you for giving us so much valuable input on this topic! We have couple of designs in mind and we start the testing in the upcoming month. We have also gotten valuable input from our research partner concerning hot spots on the disk. This information will show us where the disk needs to have solid material and where we could design in air gaps or vents.
Of course we will continue updating you on the progress regarding each of the points! Looking forward to guide you through the amazing process of developing hardware products!
Your friends at MIITO.