June Progress Report - Board Revisions, Manufacturing Secured, and Updated Shipping Schedule
Hi Kickstarter Backers!
This past month has been packed with a lot of progress and development. We’re very excited to share with you what we’ve been up to!
Big NEWS! NO Co-Processor will be used! NO Split Ear Processing!
We recognize many of you were quite concerned from our last update that FreeWavz might need either a co-processor or split processing to ensure seamless audio and pulse oximetry. We are excited to announce that no co-processor or split processing is needed! FreeWavz are able to play music and obtain pulse oximetry data simultaneously; a huge accomplishment for our engineers! We did a major board spin which rewired the PCB traces. This means you will be able to use FreeWavz together or independently and obtain all the same information regardless of which earphone(s) you wear. Woohoo! For the first time, you can see the pulseox working at the same time with wire-free music. This demonstration shows how close we are to reaching the finish line!
See for yourself! Here’s a quick video of our engineers demonstrating music and pulse oximetry working together.
Also we are debuting a new 5-minute video on the technical details of our transmissive pulseox from renowned Critical Care Pulmonologist and FreeWavz Medical Advisory Board Member, Mathew Vadaprampil, MD.
RF Antenna Improvement
Our brilliant RF and electrical engineers have made a significant improvement to our wireless capability. We have moved from a chip antenna which has a physical zone (known as a null), that could cause periodic drop outs in streaming audio as you moved your head. We now have a newly designed Trace Antenna that has literally been designed into the PCB itself.
Apple has approved and certified FreeWavz as a MFI provider. Our compatibility with iOS devices is insured! We are also working more on our iOS and Android apps to make sure they are very user friendly and looking sharp!
We are gearing up for production. We finalized our contracts with our production factory in the Shenzhen region of China. We are preparing final engineering modifications and look to test final prototypes at the end of July. We are waiting for the new PCBs to finish 30-day production cycle now.
Timeline & Shipping
The final prototype boards incorporating the antenna redesign will not be released for testing until the 3rd week of July. This impacts our shipping timeline to the following:
- Production - August
- Kickstarter Shipments - Early September
The closer we are to production, the smaller the chance is for possible delays.
As always, we appreciate your continued support along this journey! While it’s disappointing to announce delays, we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and are nearing manufacturing. Our engineers are working tirelessly to deliver a product worthy of your investment. We are committed to delivering FreeWavz and continue to be grateful for your patience and support. You know what they say: Good things take time, but great things take a little longer!
- The FreeWavz Team