Video: Behind the Scenes #2
We've got something special for you this week!
If you're not into our 'Behind the Scenes' content you can scroll down to the bottom to get the latest progress report, but if you want to take a little journey with the team, watch the video below:
Back in May, soon after the campaign had ended, we where invited to give a presentation about Thermodo by the awesome people at MailChimp. The above video was recorded in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of May and tells the story of that trip. We know it's not directly related to the current production of Thermodo, as the video takes place right after the campaign ended, but we think it's a great addition to the story behind the project. We hope you enjoyed it and we want to thank MailChimp for making it all happen!
Progress Report: Hardware
This week we placed the order for the Thermodo production tools. That is significant, because it means that they're now producing the tools that we'll use for mass production. This includes the PCB Soldering tool, the Keyring tool, The Logo Printing tool and the Packaging tool. In a sense it's a lockdown of the production method. Once these tools are created, we can start the various processes associated with them.
We are also waiting for the last samples on the white and red versions to come in. The latest samples will have new component values that we'll use to solve some of the software challenges we're currently facing.
Progress Report: Software
Now that we've received working production samples, we've been neck deep in the software side of things these past few weeks. We plan to write a wordy update on the specifics later on, but for now, let's take a quick look at one of the challenges we're currently wrestling with.
We discovered that the maximum amplitude level varies greatly in different types of devices and even within the same family of devices. What that means is that sticking a Thermodo into, say, an iPhone 4S and an iPad gives us very different amplitude levels for the software to process. Even within the same product group we might experience variations depending on production series and the exact components inside. There's no standards: Phones, tablets and computers give off wildly different amplitude levels. We need to solve this in a clever way.
Now the easiest solution for us would be to introduce a calibration step that the user had to go through on his or hers device, but honestly we feel like that's something that would greatly detract from the ease of use. Signal amplitude shouldn't be something the user has to worry about. We want Thermodo to work on every device that has software for it with no calibration needed.
This puts quite a bit of pressure on us to come up with an elegant solution that will work everywhere, for both users and 3rd party developers. This quest produces some serious math on the whiteboard - and we even produced an iPad app to help us experiment faster (more about this in a later update). The SDK for both iOS and Android is still progressing on all fronts, but we need to crack this rudimentary problem before we can start building on top of it.
iOS companion app design has been completed and is being implemented, and we think you're really going to like what we've come up with.
As usual we'll keep everyone informed as things are progressing. We'd love to hear what you think about the 'Behind the Scenes #2', so let us know in the comments. As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue on this journey. Stay awesome!
Your team in Copenhagen.