We want to tell you how far we’ve come and what we’re still working to address.
Since our last update, we’ve received two rounds of tooling samples (T1 and T2) and have given two rounds of feedback and revisions. In the photos below you can see the T2 samples, both fully assembled and the exploded views. Our factory is currently working on further revisions to perfect the final Kittyo product.
We’re excited that the Kittyo units we’re seeing fully meet our expectations in terms of design esthetics.
We’re also excited that our printed circuit boards (PCBs) are now fully assembled. We have comprehensively tested them and we are amped that they have passed all of our inspections.
At the same time, we’ve been working to address one of the most common risk factors of any technology product: porting the code. This is the process of porting the custom code we’ve written from the development environment to the production microcontroller on the Kittyo printed circuit board. Our engineers have been troubleshooting this for a couple of weeks; making incremental progress every day. We expect to get past this hurdle within the next few days.
Hitting snags and roadblocks like this is frustrating, but it’s a common part of new product development—especially when the product has such complex functionality as Kittyo.
Once we resolve this issue we will begin our comprehensive product testing and move toward a new manufacturing date by the end of next month. Allowing for manufacturing and shipping, we now expect to deliver Kittyo to our Kickstarter backers over a June through July time period.
We’re happy to report on how far we’ve come. And we’re excited that we are now so close to bringing to market a unique product that you, our Kickstarter backers, made possible.
Thanks again for your patience and support.