We hope you all had a wonderful week! It has been a very hectic week for us here at Sonnet. Let's get started with some updates!
This week, we finished working on the assembly procedure for the Sonnet. In order to achieve more consistent signal, we have tentatively made the decision to solder the antenna to the PCB instead of making the connection using the uFL connector. However, given that this is a manual operation, not only will it cost significantly more, we also need to take into consideration the human error that might occur. As a result, we will be doing a small-scale production run next week to test out the assembly procedure. We will primarily be looking at the efficiency of the internal antenna across a larger sample size to determine if the soldering approach will be adopted in the final assembly process. In addition to that, we have also ordered uFL connectors from a few different manufacturers, and we'll be testing them next week to determine if we can find a model that can provide a more consistent connection.
In addition, we are wrapping up with the color fine-tuning of the Sonnet enclosure. The translucent black on the Sonnet has already been decided, and we have been fine-tuning the color of the orange power button. There are currently two tones of orange that we both like and we'd love your opinion to help us decide which one we will be using in the final product. We think the first tone looks more active and vibrant, whereas the second tone looks cooler and somewhat sci-fi.
On the software side, we are continuing to work on the Sonnet App (Android and iOS native app). This week our main focus has been migrating features involving the camera (such as scan QR code to add a contact and taking photo to send to a chat) to the native platform. Previously we had developed these features using HTML5 (which provides access to your phone's camera), but there were many limitations due to browser security reasons. Originally, our plan was to completely rewrite the camera module on the native version of the Sonnet app to take full advantage of the less restrictive native environment. The problem with this approach is that we would have multiple sets of code to maintain for the camera module (one for Web, one for Android and one for iOS) despite having a common set of code for the UI and core logic. Fortunately, the framework we are using to build the native app, Cordova, provides a great interface for the camera that lets us just write a single set of code that can be transcompiled into source code that work on all the platforms (this even includes blackberry and windows phones!).
That's it for now!
Have a great weekend! Thanks everyone!
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