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A framed high-definition screen and integrated computer that hangs on your wall and brings art from the Internet into your home.
A framed high-definition screen and integrated computer that hangs on your wall and brings art from the Internet into your home.
A framed high-definition screen and integrated computer that hangs on your wall and brings art from the Internet into your home.
2,246 backers pledged $787,612 to help bring this project to life.

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Shipping Update + EO1 Art Show in Brooklyn!

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Hi Everyone,

We're happy to report that shipping notifications have gone out to the first batch of Kickstarter backers! Our factory is ramping up to a solid pace of 500 units per week, and we expect to complete shipping within the next 5 weeks. You'll receive an email notification when your EO1 has shipped.

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Visit us in Brooklyn for a Private Preview!

Next week, we're showing off EO1 and premiering the work from our latest Kickstarter campaign, The $5 Commission in Brooklyn! If you're in the area, we hope you can join us for this special private preview. 

The $5 Commission features new and original work from Addie Wagenknecht, Casey Reas, James George, and Lauren McCarthy. The details:

Tuesday, June 16th 6:30-9:00pm

Kickstarter HQ @ 58 Kent St in Brooklyn, NY (between Franklin & West streets)

Space is limited, so please RSVP

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From the Factory Floor

We thought we'd also use this opportunity to share some photos from the factory floor. Yesterday we visited our friends at Refactory in Brooklyn, who are manufacturing our ambient light sensors and capacitive touch buttons. They work out of an old factory in Gowanus, and we're so thrilled to be able to work with a team this good (and this nearby).

Here's how are ambient light sensor PCBs (printed circuit boards) arrive from the PCB manufacturer in Asia. They arrive on groups of 10 boards:

Each group is then passed through a "pick and place" machine, that rapidly places the required components on each board:

The boards then go through a long oven (maybe 15-20 feet long), where the components are sealed to the board. They come out the other side, with all the required components, ready to be shipped to our integrator in Mexico:

Speaking of our integrator, Bill and Kyri were down in Mexico for most of last week overseeing our assembly process. 

Here's how the metals and computer get attached to the display:

The EO1 wall mount with accompanying screws and (critically) stickers:

 EO1 at the tail end of assembly, in final cleaning:

We couldn't be more excited to get EO1 into your hands. You'll receive an email notification when your EO1 has shipped.

As always, please get in touch with any questions at hello@electricobjects.com.

Jake

Production Underway!

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Quick update from the front lines: The final component for EO1 (the computers that power EO1) are being produced in Arizona as we speak!

Bill, Kyri, and I are flying out to Mexico on Monday to kick off assembly, and are planning to ship our first batch of EO1s to customers early the following week. We'll scale up to 500 EO1s per week by June 15th, and ship out each batch on a weekly basis. Read our prior post for more detail on the manufacturing process.

You'll receive an email notification when your EO1 ships. Thanks as always for your patience. We can't wait for you to experience Electric Objects!

As always, don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions at hello@electricobjects.com.

Jake

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EO1 Starts Shipping This Month!

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Hello Backers!

tl;dr — We're happy to report that production and shipping will kick off in the last week of May! It will take 4-6 weeks to assemble and ship thousands of EO1s to all of you. You'll receive an email with tracking information when your EO1 ships!

We'll keep you updated as we go, and as always, reach out at any time with questions to hello@electricobjects.com.

For those of you interested in learning a bit more about our production process, read on!

Bill (who leads hardware here at Electric Objects) has returned victorious from his most recent trip to Shenzen, China, working closely with our manufacturing partners to ensure that our plastics and metals are up to our standards. 

Here's a shot of the 800-ton injection molding machine that forms the main housing for EO1:

This video shows the progressive metal stamping operation for the EMI shield that houses the main computer inside EO1:

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Shipping thousands of EO1s all over the world is no easy feat, but after our successful Beta run, we feel confident in our ability to pull it off in a timely manner, with few surprises.

At the risk of TMI, here's a quick overview of what the next few weeks look like for us, and a status update down to the component level.

Steps to Production

1. Build components

2. Ship components to integrator in Mexico 

3. Assemble components into finished EO1s (200 units / day)

4. Send EO1s to fulfillment house

5. Ship EO1s to you! 

The Major Components

The Screen: Our lovely high definition panels have already arrived at our integrator in Mexico.

The Computer: Production is underway for our PCBs (the computer that powers EO1), which will be in Mexico by the third week in May. They're made in Arizona, so they don't have far to go.

Plastics and Metals: Our plastics and metals are arriving in waves. They're big and heavy, and should really be sent from Asia on a boat, which takes about a month. We're making an exception and sending some of these from Asia via airplane (much more expensive, but faster), so we can begin production as soon as possible. 

Shipment Schedule

Bill, Kyri, and I will be heading to Mexico to oversee production in the third week of May, and we'll begin shipping the week following. Assembling and shipping thousands of EO1s will take approximately 4-6 weeks. You'll receive an email with tracking information when your EO1 ships!

We'll keep you updated as we go, and as always, reach out at any time with questions to hello@electricobjects.com.

Jake, Zoë, Bill, Luke, Kyri, Lisa, Rob and Alex

Handcrafting a Frame for EO1

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At the launch of the Kickstarter campaign, we teamed up with Brooklyn-based woodworker Annie Raso to produce a handmade wooden frame for EO1. (The first 50 frames sold out in minutes, so we quickly went back to Annie to try and convince her to make more!) 

Annie is a super talented artist, and we’re so lucky that she agreed to be a part of the campaign. As Annie nears the end of her build, we thought it might be interesting to share a bit about how the frames are made. Learn more about Annie's process, in her own words, below!

I am a Brooklyn-based freelance artist and woodworker who was introduced to the Electric Objects team through mutual friends. I don’t normally do large-scale production work and was about to turn down this job, but I changed my mind after learning more about Electric Objects’ mission and product. This is a product that can revolutionize the way we interact with art and the internet, and they were asking me to frame it. I thought ‘a frame, with no glass or hardware? Sounds easy!’, but the process of creating custom frames for EO1 was much more complicated than I had anticipated. The journey has been exciting, nerve-wracking and a great learning experience all in one.

The challenge was to craft a frame with a moulding profile that fit like a glove on the edge of EO1. It took months of planning and design work on both sides. Building 150 wooden frames from scratch meant making a large wood purchase, so I prototyped, checked and re-checked the dimensions, materials and tolerances before jumping in.

I worked closely with Bill Cowles from Electric Objects to create the moulding profile, and together we designed a system for connecting the frame to the screen. In the end, we decided to use the magnets embedded in the screen border of the EO1 to fasten the frame to the device. We added thin steel plates to the inside of the frame, so it just snaps on and holds tight.

No hardware, knobs, straps, or messing with the components. Just pop it on or off: clean and easy.

In late March of 2015, 1,200 linear feet of custom cut black walnut moulding was delivered to my shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Sustainability is an important aspect of my work, and so much of the wood came from saved cut-off pieces from previous jobs from a millwork company.

Although these look like simple frames — just 4 pieces of wood joined together, building them is an incredibly complex process. All told to produce 150 frames, it took 1,200 miters (45 degree cuts), 1,800 maple corner splines (the contrasting pieces of wood in the corners), and 450 sanding passes (3 per frame). At just over 3 weeks into the build, I am finally heading into the final step, and am ready to start sanding and finishing them with satin lacquer.

Each one is unique and has interesting grain characteristics, which I hope you will enjoy as a warm compliment to your new EO1.

The team at Electric Objects was kind enough to provide me with a shell of the EO1, so I could test every single frame to make sure it fit right, as quality and functionality are my top priorities. I hope you enjoy the photos of my process — it’s been a fun journey so far, and I’m so excited to see these beautiful frames in your home!

We couldn’t be happier with the final product. For more, you can follow Annie on Instagram @annieraso to see the latest updates and photos of the frame-making process.