Final components arrive.
We are pleased to announce the last of the long lead time components have arrived. The AKM piezo driver reels, an 18 week lead time part, showed-up Thursday last week. For anyone who is not familiar with micro-electronic assembly, in most cases, mass chip placement uses pick and place machines, to set all the components on a printed circuit board. These pick and place machines use reels to organize the parts and ensure very high speed loading. The reels in the photos below contain 3000 piezo driver chips. All the SoundBand part reels contain between 1500 and 5000 parts.
With the drivers and the other parts here, we immediately approved the build and assembly of 25 completed production grade SoundBands.
Since all of the component procurement/storage, board build, flex strip build, electrical assembly, electrical component testing, and final assembly/test is performed at a single site, we can closely monitor all aspects of the build and minimize defects.
From this point forward we will update as important milestones are reached. In the coming weeks each day will be touch and go, but we hope to steady the ramp, after the first 25, in quantities of 200 very soon, then increase to 400 unit batches until all the Kickstarter units are delivered. We will keep everyone informed at each step and continue to provide high quality images of the process.
Also please keep a look-out for a new survey that will help us verify the finish color you want.
As always, we thank everyone for your continued interest and support. Sincerely, we look forward to delivering your reward as soon as possible.