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Update #17

Production Pictures

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Production PCBs
Production PCBs
Test Fixture in use.... looking good!!
Test Fixture in use.... looking good!!

 Kickstarter backers..... that is the extent of my photo knowledge.... I am sure that Nick will provide a real update upon his return.  Have a great weekend.  Lisa


Update #16

Mycestro™ Production Update

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Hi Everyone

It's now February and while we have had a few setbacks, we are definitely shipping in March!  Here are a few highlights of what's been going on.

Electronics:

Recently we received 50 populated units at our office along with 50 sets of production housings. Another 50 populated sets are at the manufactures, and 4900 printed circuit boards are waiting to get populated. The goal at the office is to program all 50, run thru the electrical testing on each unit using the test bed, document the testing procedure, assemble the units into the housings, run thru functional testing and document the procedure. All functional testing will be done at the office once completed units arrive and each unit will be tested prior to packaging and shipping. Concurrently, our manufacture has received pre-programmed micro controllers from their supplier. They will populate a selected few Mycestro PCB's with the pre-programmed controllers and send them off to us to test. So, once we have covered all our bases on manufacturing a good product which will be this week we will pull the trigger to get all 5K units populated with pre-programmed controllers. We are expecting to be have all 5000 pieces completed within the next couple of weeks.

While the pre-production units that you have all seen in the last update are working great there still was one issue that needed to be addressed. We want the best performance possible, so we sent a unit out to have the antenna re-tuned. Retuning the antenna will accomplish two things, get us better performance to meet our goal of thirty feet and possible allow us in the future to reduce the power output conserving battery life. It turns out that having the antenna re-tuned gained us 4% more in efficiency than compared to our first pre-production units, good news for Mycestro.

Housings:

We went thru a couple of tweaks on the tooling over the past few weeks. We received 50 first article units in from the manufacture and they are looking great. We only got the white right hand in with right hand colors close to follow. Left hand units are right behind. Here are a few photos of the first 50 units and the completed unit I am using.

The Mycestro Application:

The work on the application is coming along great, most of the back-end work is completed, now it's just putting on the GUI. The most challenging and the most important part of the application was to get the code working to upgrade software on the Mycestro. As we move forward with new development, new features or general bug fixes, we wanted to make sure we could keep everyone's Mycestro up to date. The application for Windows, Mac and Linux will be available when we begin shipping.

FCC:

We also completed all the requirements for FCC and CE and are just waiting for our approval.

Other stuff:

We received all the T-shits, Travel pouches, Charging and interface cables, and Dongles. Check out the images below.

4500 Boxed Mycestro T-Shirts
4500 Boxed Mycestro T-Shirts
Mycestro T-Shirt
Mycestro T-Shirt
5000 USB Dongles
5000 USB Dongles
Mycestro Travel Pouch
Mycestro Travel Pouch
5000 USB Charging Cables
5000 USB Charging Cables

Wrap Up:

So just to wrap things up: We are preparing everyday to ship in March. From pre-packaging T's to setting up our office for final testing of the product, not to mention all the day to day business stuff. So, I am really looking forward to getting these out and getting feedback from the Kickstarter community. We have all been working hard to provide you with the best product we can. Your patience is greatly appreciated and again, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Oh, Lisa, our wonderful, helpful, office manager, would like to say Hi.  She would also prefer if there are any questions regarding your order, address changes, or survey that you use the Kickstarter messaging instead of posting on the comments page.  Kickstarter messages show up with past history of contact information not to mention your order history.

Nick Mastandrea, CTO/Founder


Update #15

Mycestro Production Update

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Update #14

Mycestro™ Production Update

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Hi Everyone,

We are getting really excited as we enter the home stretch for delivering our first Mycestros! Our production schedule is as tight as we can possibly make it, and we are working hard to get these Mycestros out the door and onto your hands.

Schedule Details:

Here at Mycestro HQ our goal is to get the performance of Mycestro the best it can be. Our focus has been mainly the embedded code on Mycestro but we made some progress on the application, I would say about 80% complete. The remaining work to be completed hinged on the development of the embedded code. Once we are completely satisfied with the embedded code, around mid-December, we will focus on completing the basic application which will run on Windows 7,8, Mac and Linux.

Our manufacturing partner has already received the production panels from the PCB manufacturer, and are planning to send us completely populated PCBs next week. About the same time, we should be receiving the housings from our molder for test assembly.

So, we are expecting to receive production, completely populated PCB's by the first week of December. Once we receive the production PCB's we are going to program and test each one.

Just the other day I got a photo of the comfort pad which gets adhered to the inside surface of the unit.

If everything fits together properly, which I am confident will, the OK for moving forward with completing the 5K production run will be given mid December.

Embedded Code Development:

Everything is on track with the embedded development. HID over GATT is working great, along with our HID Dongle, excellent response, and the re-connection speed, once Mycestro wakes up from sleep mode, is close to a 1/2 second or less. We also got a single dongle to connect with TWO Mycestros, so those of you who purchased Combo and Multi-Packs will be able to use two at the same time. In this configuration you will be able to set different functions for each Mycestro through the PC/Mac application. We are still working on the boot loader. We almost abandoned it at one point, but then George had a stroke of genius. See, we were trying to use the boot loader to update all the BLE code including the applications for cursor positioning. But, because the linker provided by the IDE we are using would not locate the code correctly in memory, Mycestro would not boot up properly. So, instead of updating all the complete BLE code we are using the boot loader to update only a portion of the code, specifically the algorithms for controlling position. What this means to you is that as we progress forward with new and cool functionality, like using Mycestro as a joystick, we will be able to send out updates to everyone. We also added a soft reset just in case there is some issue with Mycestro where it doesn't operate properly. The soft reset works by pressing all three tactile buttons at the same time. By the end of the first week in December we will be locked into whatever embedded code we have. So, we are really focusing on getting every feature we can that is absolutely necessary to have great functionality, and the give us the ability to support any updates we have moving forward.

Test Fixture/Bed of nails:

The test fixture is due to arrive at our facility first week of December. We will fit it with the electronics which will power up each individual Mycestro and take it through a pre-programmed set of tests. The test fixture will also give us the ability to reprogram individual Mycestro if necessary.

Shipping Date:

Our goal is to start shipping product by the first week in January 2014 if not sooner. I did have some discussion with our manufacturing partner on getting product in partial shipment off the line. No promises were made but we are on the high priority list.

Side Note

Ohio Aerospace Institute Innovation Award:

Innovative Developments and Mycestro won the Innovation award from the Ohio Aerospace Institute. I snapped a picture of the plaque. OAI is a joint initiative of the NASA Glenn Research Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the State of Ohio, ten Ohio public and private universities granting doctoral degrees in aerospace-related engineering disciplines, and numerous companies engaged in aerospace activities. Innovative Developments has been a member of OAI since 2012, and has participating in Department of Navy Rapid Innovation Fund pertaining to Human-Centered ISR UAV Tactical Information and Flight Control System.

Thank you again for backing Mycestro. We certainly appreciate your patience. If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Regards

Nick Mastandrea, CTO


Update #13

Dongle Update +

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Hi Everyone,

I thought I would share this with you.  So.., George, our master of code, was able to get the dongle to go into HID Proxy mode.  What does this mean to you? Well.. it means you will not have to load any third party software, click any buttons, etc.. to get Mycestro to pair on your computers.  Stick the dongle into any available USB port on your system,  touch Mycestro to put in advertising mode, it will pair and your ready to go!  The other portion to this great news for everyone is that is wont matter what system you use it on, Mac, PC, Linux it will connect and work.

Manufacturing is moving forward and we scheduled to have populated PCB's 11/18.  Plastic parts are out a bit further out, we are looking at receiving housing end of November. FCC/EMC testing is rescheduled for beginning of December. We cant begin testing until we have production units.  I will have to get back to you on the exact ship date, but I'm sorry to say we are moving into December. 

I will keep you posted more frequently. Thank you for your patients.

Nick


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