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Hackable, real-time smart display: receive and act on notifications, tasks, workout timers, business metrics, emails, news and more!
Hackable, real-time smart display: receive and act on notifications, tasks, workout timers, business metrics, emails, news and more!
2,215 backers pledged $370,001 to help bring this project to life.

FCC/CE regulations, shipping survey information

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Hey Kickstarter,

Just quick update on the progress. LaMetric is passing FCC/CE regulation tests at the moment. 

Electromagnetic compatibility tests

The goal is to check LaMetric for correct work in the same electromagnetic environment, of different equipment which use electromagnetic phenomena, and the avoidance of any interference effects.

Electrostatic discharge test

ESD test verifies whether LaMetric works correctly and there are no damage of electronic components during spectacular electric sparks(lightning, with the accompanying sound of thunder, is a large-scale ESD event).

Electrostatic discharge test

Wi-Fi/Bluetooth tests

These tests are performed to validate whether LaMetric operates in allowed ranges of Wi-Fi/Bluetooth frequencies.

Safety tests

Safety tests are needed to ensure product is safe to use at home environment.

Shipping survey information

We are resolving last issues, afterwards, in August(yeah!), we plan to start production. We should also start to prepare for shipping. At the beginning of August, we are going to send survey. Please make sure, you will complete survey with actual shipping address in 2 weeks period.

Thanks for your support!

Smart Atoms

Pilot production of the small batch

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Hey Kickstarter,

According to our planning mentioned in the previous update, we resolved moulds issues and launched pilot production of the small batch(74 items) to understand material, soldering, assembling, testing and package problems during mass production. It was very exhausting but exciting week of challenges. 

These 74 devices will go to Smart Atoms and Foxconn engineers to understand and improve the last issues. 

Let’s review what we have done recently. 

PCB production

First of all, we produced LaMetric printed circuit boards. 

PCB production process

LaMetric PCB pilot production

Ready-made PCBs 

For the key electronic components we prepared software tests. Each PCB went through these tests to check components on defects and soldering quality. For example, if Wi-Fi module has short circuit, software test will catch this.

 PCB software tests

Assembling

Usually good preparation and planning help to avoid a lot of problems. Our assembling line is prepared quite well and has a lot of documentation for operators including description of the smallest details. 

 Assembling line documentation 

Because product is innovative, during last week operators have been trained how to assemble the product by engineers who designed the production line.

 Learning process

 Assembled devices

During assembling process, electronic components might be damaged by hands. Additional tier of software tests is performed to check whether components are not damaged and work as expected.

 Software tests after assembling 

Failed devices are being marked and sent to repairing line for investigation and rework. 

Analysis of failed devices

Some portion of devices should be tested on “long life”. This test is performed to understand whether any issues occur after 24-48 hours of uninterrupted work. Such devices are checked via third tier of software tests when “long life” test is completed. 

“Long life” test

Finished devices

At the end of the day, assembled and tested devices are being packaged and ready to use.

Finished devices packaged in master cartons

LaMetric package

Opened package

LaMetric, adapter, plugs, USB cable and quick start guide

After pilot production we created report with the issues during different stages: 

  • Material and components issues 
  • PCB production issues 
  • Assembling issues 
  • Packaging issues 

At the moment we are working on solving these problems. After that we will move to production.

Smart Atoms

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Moulds, enclosure&package samples, estimated production schedule

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Hey Kickstarter,

We have great news on recent progress. Let’s go through them.

Injection moulds are ready

We did the most challenging and expensive part of the manufacturing. We produced injection moulds that will be used for manufacturing plastic and rubber parts. We are excited to share photos of these manufacturing masterpieces.

 LaMetric's injection moulds

 Mould for screen

Mould for shell

Mould for shell

Mould for buttons, speaker boxes

Mould for screen grid

Mould for light pipe

Enclosure samples

With the help of these bulk and heavy metal pieces, tooling factory has produced the first samples of LaMetric's enclosure. Mechanical parts look just awesome.

 Enclosure samples

Final touches on moulds

As usual the first samples have some minor issues, which team of engineers is solving right now. The process of samples improvement consists of discovering issues, matching with technical drawings, getting solutions and polishing moulds in order to get as ideal result as possible.

Discovering issues on the first samples

Comparing measurements with technical drawings data

LaMetric has unique industrial design and screen technology. It is so important to avoid mistakes with mechanical parts, this process definitely requires more heads to review samples and find best solutions to solve last issues.

Nazar arrived to Shenzhen to emphasise enclosure areas(especially the screen zone) where cosmetic issues are not acceptable. Together with Igor, they reviewed samples, organised the list of issues by priorities and discussed action plan to solve them.

Nazar and tooling factory representative has reviewed the first samples

 Foxconn team and Igor are discussing final issues

Package samples

We also got the first samples of the packaging, has defined the issues that should be solved to assure device will be shipped without risks to be damaged.

 Package template

 Package sample

 Quick start guide sample

Improved setup process

LaMetric's setup process is like first impression when you meet new people. It should be fast, smooth and work like a magic. In the last update we mentioned new WiFi module that we selected to improve setup process. Based on WiFi module possibilities, software team made deep research of every issue that could happened during setup and implemented it in the mobile apps. With such attention to setup process we want to reach positive impression when you get the product out of the box and setup it. Sounds easy but it consists of 19 screens in the mobile app and took 3 months in total to bring it to life. We’ve seen something similar only in Google Chromecast. Thanks to Lemberg's engineers for their help and expertise.

 LaMetric setup process

Planning meeting at Foxconn

In addition to engineering questions, we organised planning meeting with Foxconn team to create action plan with final steps to reach production and shipping as soon as possible.

Nazar(Smart Atoms), Ina(Foxconn), Susan(Foxconn), Igor(Smart Atoms)

The most important thing we would like to share with you is the estimated production schedule we discussed on the meeting:

  • up June 15th - final issues with moulds should be finished 
  • June15th - we should run small test batch(DVT phase, 74 devices) where enclosure's parts will be assembled with printed circle boards and production line will be tested. Based on report from this phase, we will know if we need one more small batch to polish the process or we can move directly to the production of all devices for the backers. 
  • July 31st - if everything is smooth on the DVT phase, we produce all devices 
  • August - we start shipping

We are very sorry for the delay, but as we've detailed in our frequent updates, we are determined not to rush an inferior product to market and are 100% focused on delivering the quality product our backers expect.

Thanks for your patience,

Smart Atoms Team

Happy Easter!

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We launched injection molds production

In the time of holidays we have great news on progress.

LaMetric's enclosure consists of several parts: screen cover, shell, buttons, screen grid, speaker boxes, rubber layer under the buttons, light pipe. Injection molds are needed to produce them. Injection molds are big metal pieces which are also the most expensive part of the project. First of all, we designed them.

Mold design for one part of LaMetric's enclosure

Last month we were introduced to the tooling factory to review the production process and discuss the start of molds production for LaMetric.

Smart Atoms, Foxconn and tooling factory representative

The process starts from metal rough processing, the goal of which is to get an inversed physical object in metal.

 Machine for rough processing of metal pieces

Machine for rough processing of metal pieces

Take a look how milling-machine cuts casing form in the big metal piece

Rough processed molds can be used to produce mechanical parts, but plastic parts will have a lot of flaws.

Injection molds

Potentially, you saw products with uneven plastic parts. Polishing by hand helps to make them smooth. 

Molds polishing by hand 

When parts are smooth enough, molds are mounted inside the injection molding machine which can produce the necessary amount of plastic parts. 

Injection molding machine

Plastic part production process

Each plastic part go via quality control process: 

  • plastic injection 
  • quality control for defects 
  • cutting of unused parts 
  • quality control for defects 
  • packaging and shipping

Dedicated team for plastic part production

Most of plastic parts should be painted or coated by "soft touch".

Painting process

You probably saw a lot of devices with text printed on the back or bottom of the casing. This process called silk printing.

Machine for silk printing

After these phases, plastic parts are ready and could be shipped to assembling factory.

Finished plastic parts

We started the process of injection molds production for all LaMetric parts.

Back to 5V USB adapter

We always wanted to use 5V USB adapter for LaMetric. Tests on the first PCBs validated that 5V 2A is enough for device functionality. So we get back to USB adapter!

New WiFi module to improve setup process

Potentially you had experience with IoT devices that is hard to connect to the WiFi and be informed about the issues that occurred during the process. We investigated a lot of devices and found that for better setup process should be used WiFi module that can keep connection to the smartphone and WiFi router simultaneously (thanks to Chromecast experience, it uses the same technology). So we changed WiFi module to improve the user experience during connection LaMetric to WiFi.

 New WiFi module can keep connection to the smartphone and WiFi router simultaneously

Improved PCB design

Igor implemented all corrections for the investigated issues during previous PCB run and sent finished design to the factory to prepare materials and produce new PCB samples. 

Finished design for new PCB samples 

Package design

Actual device is only part of the product. Package is one of the most important part you should care about. It is responsible for safety of the device and adds final touches to the whole product.

First of all, we designed the internal part of the package to remove risks of being damaged during the shipping.

Internal part of the package responsible for device safety

Since it is now more important than ever to be conscious about our environment, we have designed eco-friendly package that is recycled and will help reduce carbon footprint in nature.

Package artwork

Soon we will get package samples from the factory. 

Quick start guide 

The first introduction to the innovative product should be as smooth as possible. For this purpose, we create quick start guide. We translated it to the five most popular languages, so you could select which one is your native or you know better.

Quick start guide in 5 languages

From the back side, we designed the visual form of quick start guide for the people who like images more than text.

Quick start guide in visual form

We are also in the process of writing user manual, it will explain how to use every aspect of the product in more details.

Happy Easter from LaMetric team, 

Smart Atoms

Golden mockup, Android app, interaction between LaMetric and app

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Hey Kickstarter,

We are happy to share our February progress with you. 

Golden mockup

We got last mockup from the factory. Take a look at the improvements, described in the previous update.

New box for improved speakers

Improved form-factor of the light pipe for better performance of the light sensor

Top buttons on the one surface without gaps

Bigger side buttons for fingers of any size

New mechanical structure of the screen

Soft touch coating that is more stable to fingerprints 

Chinese Spring Festival

Happy New 2015 again!

From 15th of February to 2d of March Chinese people celebrate Spring Festival and New Year. Sure, It had an impact on the beginning of the molds production. But the great news is that Foxconn gets back to the work on Monday and we start this process next week. 

Team works without holidays

Firmware development

 iOS and Android apps development

 Package creation and web development

12-14 hours per day of new tasks and implementation

Let’s review what team has recently cooked.

Android and iOS backers happy at the same time

As you might know, a lot of software and hardware projects publish iOS app first, but Android app only several months later. We love all backers, no matter what type of smartphone do you have. That's why we involve the same amount of effort in iOS and Android apps. We are happy to share Android app progress with you.

 LaMetric Android application

System notifications, interaction between LaMetric and app

We tried to make system notifications simple and intuitive. We have synchronized LaMetric and smartphone app to bring excellent user experience during configuration via smartphone

 
Assembling line test plan

We have designed tests that we are going to implement during DVT phase.

Assembling line test plan

Every device should go through several quality assurance stages: 

  • Automatic tests - Software executes tests to check main PCB components. This stage filters devices that have PCB with bad components.
  • Manual tests - Operator checks buttons, screen, sound, light sensor. This stage filters devices that have assembling issues.
  • LED tests - Several samples will run LED test during the entire day. It is needed to check the quality of LED batch, because some problems with LEDs appear only when they reach operating temperature.
  • Firmware installation - To speed up the assembling, tests described above are performed on the test firmware. Then, customer firmware replaces the test one.
  • Tests with smartphone - Operator tries to connect smartphone to LaMetric via WiFi and Bluetooth.

Foxconn gets back from holidays on Monday and we move to DVT stage.

Thanks, 

Smart Atoms