Behind The Scenes #5: Taking You To China!
Nǐ hǎo Backers!
We've got a very special update for you today. Production is in full swing and we've been leaning hard on our Chinese manufacturers to provide us with some actual factory floor footage that we could share with you. A lot of solutions have been on the table to bring you production footage, everything short of going there ourselves. But right when it looked the most hopeless, we had a colleague of ours pass through the area and he brought back some amazing and candid footage from the factory. Let's go to China!
There's obviously a whole slew of things that this video doesn't go into, but given how tricky it has been to get video at all, we're very happy with how it turned out.
We see a lot of projects that doesn't go too in-depth with the actual production of the hardware. This might be because it's tricky to get proper materials from manufacturers or maybe because there's some sort of need for secrecy. Some people are just satisfied with the fact that it's made "somewhere else". No matter the reason there's certainly this veil of mystery over mass manufacturing that's rarely exposed to the public (unless it's a shiny high tech lab in a commercial setting) and it's a shame really, because it's so interesting to see how things are made. We believe that by showing stuff like this, you get a much deeper appreciation of the challenges that has been overcome and the custom solutions that have been thought up in bringing you the product. As consumers we might have gotten a bit too comfortable in just picking up things at the store. Working on something like Thermodo has certainly given us a new appreciation of physical goods.
Progress Report: Hardware
The Regular Thermodos are almost done and we should receive a sample of them at the Robocat office in Copenhagen any day now. We're affectionately referring to this as the '0-series production', but technically it's a selection of the first major production run, handpicked, packaged and send to us for evaluation. Here's some pictures from China.
Production of Premium Thermodos are still in full swing. Engraving and anodizing is a slow process - much slower than painting. But from what we're hearing, it sounds like everything is progressing nicely. They send us these gorgeous shots taken right after the engraving. We can only speculate how awesome this is going to look once anodizing and glass bead blasting is done.
Progress Report: Software
Three separate things are going on with software right now. First of all, Android development of the Thermodo Companion app has taken off. We've got a top team working on it and once we have something to show you, we'll fold it into an update.
Secondly, the Thermodo SDK is being documented and prepared for a wider distribution. We should begin to allow backer developers access any day now.
Third, we've been working on a set of intro screens for the Companion app to help new users get the most out of their newly acquired Thermodos. There's a lot of people who might not have had such sensitive equipment in their hands before and we want to make sure that everybody understands the core principles at work.
That's it for this time. We're expecting the "0-series production" to arrive soon - once it does we'll enter into the very last stages of the project. We hope you enjoyed the latest Behind The Scenes video. Remember that you can catch up on all of them over at http://thermodo.com/videos
- Your Team in Copenhagen