The date today is special. 2711 is a prime number. So is 2+7+1+1=11. And today is prime time for BRAGI.
All developers pledge levels that confirmed developer terms and conditions have developer kits on route to them. I believe some backers have already received their delivery notices and some devices have arrived.
That is awesome!
MP means Mass Production, and we have started mass production today. We seem to have overcome the last hurdle of ensuring high yields both functionally and from a waterproofing point of view.
There are 13 areas on The Dash where water potentially can enter the housing. 13 of 13 areas are currently waterproof. Might sound like a small thing. Ask Dan (our VP product), and he will tell you that thinking of consistent production processes that prevent water ingress has kept him awake in the past 3 months.
We have today entered a phase called ramp up in mass production. Purpose is to increase production volume and improve yield by another 3-4% through training personnel and ensuring consistent manufacturing processes.
The current plan is to manufacture 300 units on Monday and then add 200 units per day if possible until we hit 1500 units per day.
Priority is not manufacturing volume but creating stability in production. As said before, volume plan can change from day to day (even going to a full stop). If we see that the yield is not improving by training and process, we have to take additional steps to improve the yield in each build phase.
In the production line we use a bit older version of the software due to production testing and processes. When you receive your Dash, please update (http://update.bragi.com) The Dash to get the best experience. Runtime will be improved and a few bugs will be gone too.
Expect that we update the software about once a month to add features, improve interoperability and remove bugs.
The BRAGI app is available on iTunes and Google Play stores. The Windows app will presumably be available around the 15th of December. Below is a short video showing the Windows App.
As of next week we will ship in batches to the individual regions. A big package will go from our manufacturing to our distribution hubs in the US, Europe and Hong Kong. There they will be individually packed, you will receive an email with tracking number from the local hub. Shipping time from the local hub will take anything from a day to 7 days pending on your location.
Please do not go crazy on "when will my Dash arrive". Please await the UPS notification, and then you can track it precisely! We have all hands on ensuring a smooth ramp up. If you do need assistance, please mail to email@example.com and we will help you.
We are very happy to announce mass production, yet that doesn't mean that challenges are over. We still might have to stop production for a range of reasons. We are doing our best to ship you a nice product.
Greetings from the entire team in Munich, Hong Kong and Chicago. Happy times!