in our last update we reported on good progress with Alpha5 prototypes. Progress is still on target to what we communicated previously.
Alpha 5 & back to China
the Alpha 5 printed circuit boards are expected to start being populated with electronics on Monday. Right now, Eric, Vlad, Arne and Daniel are on their way to China to our contract manufacturer.
Eric and Vlad are going to work on factory hardware and software testing as well as bringing up the Alpha 5 products.
Factory testing is done to ensure that the processes are set up in due time to ensure smooth product introduction to the factory.
We have been testing the current electronics schematic in our offices on our development board, and all looked good.
From a mechanical point of view, Alpha 5 will be built from first out of tool production materials. We have made all plastic and metal injection (MIM) tools necessary for The Dash, and we are looking forward to see the first devices that look like finished product.
When we receive Alpha 5 back in Munich, we need to do thorough electronics, software, acoustics, algorithm and co-existance tests to ensure a solid product.
If Alpha 5 prooves to be solid, we could go into production of beta products in mid July (and even have some time to spare if another fine tune alpha 6 round if needed).
Wednesday was a great day. Torgeir and Jeffrey came in from Bergen, Norway and Houston, USA/(Texas). On top of that 15 others joined in. Edy from Vienna had made a BRAGI cake all night, took the 8AM train, arrived in Munich 3pm, stayed until 9pm and took the night train back to Vienna arriving thursday morning. Amazing commitment!
I had the pleasure to tell how it all began, why I quit my previous job to make The Dash, our experiences through Kickstarter and the incredible time we have had building BRAGI and making The Dash.
We then went on to see our workshop and how The Dash is built. A microscope was needed to see some of the finer details.
Arne and Martin were demoing The Dash and the app.
They all obviously just tested a right Dash, since we have to wait for Alpha 5 to have the solid link between right and left.
A few comments from our backers (copy pasted from comments section):
@for all I was there too on Wednesday. For me it was an interesting and very impressive visit. They spend about 4 hours with us. They explained how everything started, some background about the initial ideas and what they think and plan in the greater view for the future.
I was very surprised that they were very open and explained things about the long term view and the experience they made. For me everything is very promising and I' m confident we'll get a great product in September. I can tell that they work very hard and with all three heartblood to get the thing done.
@for Bragi Thank's for the the afternoon and evening and it was awesome.
I was there too. I was really surprised and amazed how much time every single bragi guy took for us. After nikolay told us how bragi started we continued our tour, splitting up and had intensive talks with the hard working guys.
My personal highlight was the moment as I experienced the dash. First impression: sound quality is really good and the fit is even better. So I even got more excited and cant await to get my pair of the dash!
@all I was there yesterday. We had to sign kind of an NDA and to switch off our phones. But you will get the video from Bragi anyway.
What I can say is that it was a really awsome, interesting afternoon and evening. They were receiving us very heartly and speaking very openly about their experiences during development of the product. We got the feeling that everybody at Bragi is working with blood, sweat and tears to bring the Dash to market. And it will be awsome. We were able to test the sound quality and the fit and it looks very promising. The new tech for left device to right device communication is awsome and will make the product even better.
What impressed me as well is the long term vision Bragi has for the product. The evening closed with a beer at a bar.
@Bragi Thank you again for this great opportunity.
We will prepare a video for our next update with some recorded comments too.
We are on track to ship:
Developer kits late July/early August
Early bird backers in late August
Rest of backers September.
Shipment time is estimated to 5-10 days with the selected forwarder.
Cross your fingers for a successful Alpha 5 release. I'll make a video for next update showing the device in details.
Team BRAGI and Nikolaj