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Update #38

Halloween Update

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Dear Backers,  

We hope you enjoyed Halloween and had a terrifying night. In this special date we also want to make a special update.

As many of you have asked for, we want to show some of the features included in the first version of the Light OS. Here is a video showing some running modes that we call Apps:

All these Apps run autonomously in the L8 software and are launched from the mobile app. We'll develop more new Apps and release them in coming software updates, but some of the them are already included in the current Light OS version:

* Proximity activated Lamp: just hover your hand over the proximity sensor and turn on/off the L8 in the color you want.

* Ambient light activated Lamp: The L8 will turn on automatically when ambient light is low in the color you want.

* Dice: just for fun, who needs analogue dices anymore? Two dice types: 1-6 and poker dice in every color.

* Party Lighting: Let the L8 colour your room with the rhythm of the music.

* Ambient lights: four ambient light modes: Rainbow, Aurora, Galaxy and Tropical. All of them in different speeds so you can have a more active or a much smoother lighting.

All these modes can be suspended temporarily if a notification arrives. You'll see your notification and after a few seconds the app will run again.

We also have some updates about the development of the enclosures.

Here are some pictures, where you can see the latest samples received from the factory. We've made some changes in the interior of the biggest part to simplify the injection process. Also, many details have been refined so the three parts fit together very tightly and we've got the surface finish we expected. The result is very positive.

Now, if all goes as we expect the mass injection process will start soon and we'll show you the final parts in the coming weeks.

Thanks to all of you!!!

:: L8 Team :


Update #37

Firmware Update

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Dear Backers,

Here is the L8 Firmware update tool!

The L8 has two working modes, the User Mode and Recovery Mode.

The User Mode will be the default mode that will allow the user to connect the devices via Bluetooth and control all L8's functionalities.

The Recovery Mode, however, will only need to be used for the device software updates or to recover the device software itself in case this one fails.

The Firmware tool will detect the L8 working on either Mode, allowing to switch among the two.

L8 SmartLight Software is a real time Operating System, that we have baptized as "Light OS". All current L8 devices will have by default Light OS v1.

As we will be updating the Light OS version overtime, you will only need to connect your L8 device to your computer via USB and activate the Recovery Mode. By doing this, the tool will automatically connect to our servers to download and install the most recent Light OS version.

Please watch the following demo on how to update the L8's Light OS:

As you can see, the Firmware Update tool is now available for Windows, but we are working on the development for other platforms and OS.

On top of that, we have received the first injection tooling test on the transparent piece and the result was highly positive. They were able to fully align and refine both sides allowing the piece to fit like a globe on the main enclosure piece!

L8 Production

We will be receiving more updates on the final touches and modifications in the next few days before starting production. We promise to keep you posted on that as well!

In the image below you can appreciate how the new piece fits on the old main enclosure piece. As you can tell, the quality difference with the previous transparent piece is amazing.

As soon as we receive the other pieces corrected samples, we will be able to closely show you how the final L8 will look like.

Thank you much for your support and patient. We are so close!

:: L8 Team ::


Update #36

New Enclosure Tooling Report

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Dear Backers ,

Our new tooling supplier just sent us a full report with the required casing molds modifications to achieve the desired high quality standard we aim for.

Based on the report, we only need to make some severe changes in one of 3 molds, and some light modifications in the other 2 pieces.

Great news is that the new supplier assured high priority in execution and delivery.

Please appreciate below the full extent of required changes:

Main Casing/Enclosure piece :

The first change affects to this part of the tooling, to conform the wrist strap holder. It must be refined and some welding deposits shall be removed and polished. Check the picture below:

Major changes on the main slider described are going to be achieved by adding material in the areas marked in green in this picture below:

Correction of this needle pneumatic actuated (check the picture) and final texturised to the whole piece is also needed.

Transparent piece and cap piece molds.

Small diameters adjustments and needle addition to facilitate gases escape.

Clamping nails final adjustment

Complete polishing on transparent sides and final texturing .

By accomplishing all these changes, we should finally have an enclosure unit with the high quality standard we envisioned when this journey began .

According to our new provider timeline, they are going to need about two weeks to work on all the above changes, and another week to produce all units; that gives an final estimate of 3-4 weeks.

As you can see, it seems like we are finally in the right track and moving at a good pace, and we will make sure this time to show the advancements as we receive updates and images from the supplier.

At the same time, we will give you more information about final production and delivery times, although, if everything goes smooth from now on, you will have your very own L8 unit by November

Regards.

:: L8 Team ::


Update #35

Injection Issues

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Dear backers, please, check carefully the pictures bellow.

And let us explain them a little to you: To avoid defects such as the internal voids due to overly rapid cooling or insufficient pressure, the latest decision with our former tooling supplier (yes, you have read well, former, we will explain you this along this update) was to have the internal slider of the big part totally re-manufactured (check the pictures), adding some material flanges in order to reduce the thickness of certain areas. The problem with this is that the adherence factor is very high now by the effect of increasing the injection pressure and the more complex section generated, the pressure needed to extract this slider now is excessive and the metallic retainers bend or even break.

This big issue, added to several imperfections, the systematic delays and the incapacity to fulfill these tools with the required quality have pushed us to take a critical decision: to change the injection tooling manufacturer.

We didn’t want to accuse anybody of this unacceptable delays along the project but now it’s about time, we cannot be covering this vendor anymore because it’s not fair for us and he doesn’t deserve it. We had the production ready except for the injection stage since march 2013.

We know you are very angry because of our delays and lack of information but honestly, the supplier has screwed us constantly, always lying about the deadlines and always postponing the delivery of the samples systematically and this attitude has been very very uncomfortable for us and we didn’t want to be always giving the same excuses... You can understand us or you can judge us, but the honest reality is that we have had our homework done on time and that we have committed a beginner’s mistake: a wrong supplier’s selection, maybe without gathering enough references about him to be sure he was going to work efficiently. To be honest, the rest of the suppliers have worked like a charm and we are really pleased about the election.

We will tell you the name of our f!&$%ing and lazy vendor when we are shipping the product if you wish. For the moment, we prefer to hide him.

The status of the injection tooling are now at 90%, but its quality is not enough for us. And our duty is to take decisions to deliver the best product as soon as possible. By the way, we want to tell you this decision is going to be paid by our personal money (most of you maybe are thinking we deserve it… yes, you are right, this is part of the game), as soon as all the money collected was committed since the beginning as you can imagine for each of every stage needed (supply of components, electronic assembly, PCB manufacturing, injection tooling, packaging manufacturing, accessories manufacturing, certifications, development, shipping,…).

The status of the rest of the production stages is OK. This means: along this 2 next weeks the new supplier is going to be working hard on refining the injection tooling and we will be informing you as soon as we get his feedback.

Please, criticize us, but not too much… it's not only our fault on this matter… and in contrast we have been fighting with the supplier until our moral limits… A priceless experience but too much exhausting and sad.

:: L8 Team ::


Update #34

Packaging & Accessories


Dear Backers,

As we keep moving forward in production, this week update will mainly focus on packaging and merchandising elements.

It's made of pressed cardboard, in black color and lined in matte finish with a life-size picture of the L8 on the top face.

Inside, there are custom compartments for the L8 device, the USB cable and the wrist strap, so you can carry it or hang it anywhere. These two accessories come in Kickstarter green color.

These inside parts are made of light foam to protect the content from shocks.

And for those of you who also ordered the L8 merchandising, the t-shirt and/or the keychain, please have a look at them below:

We have also designed a laser marking process to engrave on the enclosure the device model number and the mandatory certification logos.

Now that we are so close, we'll do our best to start shipping some initial units in the begining of September

Thank you so much for your support and attention. We really appreciate your patience.

:: L8 Team ::


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