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Alexa enabled, 6 USB charging ports, music playing, smart alarm clock. Meet the Sandman Doppler, the best alarm clock you've ever seen! Preorder now!
Alexa enabled, 6 USB charging ports, music playing, smart alarm clock. Meet the Sandman Doppler, the best alarm clock you've ever seen! Preorder now!
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T1 pictures, new app preview, and a survey

Posted by Palo Alto Innovation (Creator)

Our favorite customers,

Welcome to another Doppler update! 

In this update, we will be sharing some pictures of the first injection molded parts of the Sandman, an update on what the app looks like, and sharing a survey that we would love for you to complete. Read on!

T1 pictures 

Injection molding is a very widely used process that is utilized to mass produce just about all plastic products. We could drone on for countless updates about injection molding and how it works, but we will keep it very short here.

Basically, a steel tool is created which has two halves. When pushed together the space between the halves are in the shape of the final product. Once these steel tools are created you heat up plastic pellets and inject them at a high temperature into the steel tools. The part then cools down and then the halves separate. The part is then pushed off of the steel tool and you have an injection molded part! 

Basic injection molding
Basic injection molding

The first parts that come out of the injection molding tooling are called "T1". These parts are never correct and always need at least some tweaking and dialing in before they are close to perfect. On the Doppler, we have 5 injection molded parts but they are the 5 most important parts of the entire product. Here is a breakdown of the parts and pictures of the T1 samples.

Please note, colors and textures will change! These are NOT what the finished products will look like at all! 

Main body - The main part of the product, basically 3/4 of the exterior of the product. 

The surface finish of this part isn't great (normal for a T1) plus is there some warpage on the part. These will be easy fixes! 

Display Frame - This part goes over the main display circuit board and allows us to create our own display segments. 

This part will be shot in a special formulation of plastic that will prevent light from bleeding through it. In general, we are happy with how this part looks as well but will reassess when it's shot in the proper plastic. 

Speaker frame - The part that the display circuit board sits in, as well as what seals the speakers into the main body.

This part looks awesome! We are very happy with how it came out. 

USB Cover - This is the part that covers the USB circuit boards

This part looks pretty good, although there needs to be a couple changes to smooth things out and make it look nicer. Obviously, these parts won't be this color either. You can also see what the USB-C cover will look like, these will come with the USB-C upgrade kit along with a new circuit board. 

Window - The tinted window that will cover the display

This part is obviously not tinted at all, but so far looks pretty good!

Again, these parts aren't final in any way, shape, color, or form. They are the first parts to come out of the tool and they are a starting point. 

Our tooling shop is making a couple small adjustments and then we will continue to dial things in and get things looking perfect!

New app design

In our last update, we introduced the Zemingo group, an app company that will be helping us with the Doppler. I would like to share with you a sneak peek of what the app has transformed into:

This isn't final yet, but we are very happy with how things are looking! We went back and forth with their designers to get something we are truly happy with. Just a reminder, this is what we had before, what a difference! 

Keep up the great work Zemingo! 

Now we need to hear from you!

We need your input! As we have been developing this product we have made a bunch of assumptions along the way. Most of these have been about user behavior and what type of phone they have... etc. Well, now we actually want to verify some of these assumptions and learn more about our users! Filling this survey out will allow us to make sure the Doppler does what the majority of our customers actually want!

The survey should take no more than 5 minutes Thanks! 

Here is the survey:

That's it for now, let us know if you have any questions and now we have to get back to work! 


-PAI team

Mike Heck, Danny Greene, and 6 more people like this update.


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    1. Palo Alto Innovation 3-time creator on

      @Thomas We have been upping our marketing effort in an attempt to sell out our first production run on Dopplers. Despite our best efforts to avoid exactly what happened, when we did that we made a mistake and had those emails go to the improper list. We have corrected the mistake and figured out what happened, hopefully, it won't happen again. As for Alexa in Canada, yes! If you'd like to update your shipping address to Canada that works for us. Please send us a direct message if you have any questions or would like to the link to update your address directly. We are still targeting July shipping for Beta backers. Thanks!

    2. Thomas Canty on

      Good Evening I filled out the survey but now I am getting emails telling me I should pre-order. I have already done so using Kickstarter. Why is our email address from the survey being used to promote the product that we are already going to get?

      Are you still on track for July? Also, I am passing this along as I had to ship the unit to my US mailbox as per the tester program. At that point, Alexia was not in Canada. As of December 2017, Alexia is in Canada.

    3. Palo Alto Innovation 3-time creator on

      @Damian Thanks so much!!

      @Colin Sorry about that! There are just so many Android phones, we tried to include as many as we could with making the list infinite.

    4. Colin Pickup

      I'd love to fill out your form, but it hasn't heard of my phone - indeed it hasn't heard of any of the Galaxy Note series before the 8? I've put it down as a Note 8, but it's really a Note 3.

      I intend to upgrade to something when it stops working, but it has been pretty solid for all of these years.

    5. Damian Vila on

      @Creator Great work so far! The fact that you have a T1 version of the plastics is great. Injection molding takes a lot of tooling (and is really expensive!), and you have that on track. Awesome!

      Glad to hear you’re working towards solving the problem with the Chip Pro. It was really sad knowing they’re closing shop and selling the assets. Will wait for the update.

      All in all, I still think you guys are awesome, and so far, the best of the hardware projects I’ve backed!


    6. Palo Alto Innovation 3-time creator on

      @Nacho and Matt, We agree things are looking tight and we are looking to get things finished and out the door as fast as we can (while still maintaining quality). The Chip Pro set back was a doozy and we are still trying to recover from it fully, but we know we can. We have a solution that we know will work and we can get with short lead times, we are just making sure that everything works as expected before officially announcing that we have gotten over the Chip Pro hurdle. We are hoping to get that done in the next two weeks and announce it in the next update. If the schedule slips again we will let you guys know again, but we are trying to avoid that. Sorry for the brevity in our response to Mike, I can see how it could be concerning and that wasn't our intention.

    7. Matt Hydeman on

      The brevity of Palo Alto's response makes me wonder the same, Nacho.

    8. NachoKingP

      I'm just curious, according to the updated timeline from your February update, you should be in the "Tool Changes" phase of the campaign. Given the Chip Pro setbacks, and your response to Mike Heck below, is the campaign still on that schedule? There are other devices that are coming out that are in direct competition to you at this point, such as the HyperCube, and getting the product to market is obviously important. I'm just curious where we are on that front.

    9. Palo Alto Innovation 3-time creator on

      @Mike things are moving, but nothing official to report yet.

    10. Mike Heck

      Thanks for the update; the design seems like it's moving along. Any update on the C.H.I.P Pro replacement?