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Post-Campaign Update #41

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Hi Everyone!

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!

Manufacturing 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.

Which tone of orange do you like better?
Which tone of orange do you like better?

Software Updates

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!

Team Sonnet

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iPin Spatial Ruler Pro is the world’s first smart laser ruler using smartphone to measure the height, width, and length of an object.

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Post-Campaign Update #40

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Hi Everyone!

We hope you all had a wonderful week! We have a few updates to share with you this week. Let's get started!

Manufacturing Updates

This week, we continue to work with our SMT manufacturer to prepare the Sonnet for the final SMT and assembly process. This week most of our effort went into creating the assembly process for the Sonnet. Most of the process is fairly straight forward such as putting the PCB into the case, laying down the double-sided tape for the lithium polymer battery and then plugging in the battery. The part of the assembly process with the most risk at this point is connecting the internal antenna to the PCB of the Sonnet. The internal antenna is a FPC antenna that we custom designed, and it adheres to the inside of the Sonnet enclosure. Originally, our intention was to connect the antenna to the via a uFL connector which is relatively easy to do from an assembly perspective. However, we discovered that connections established by uFL connector aren't very consistent, and there is quite a bit of signal quality variation between individual devices. As a result, we are currently experimenting with manually soldering the antenna to the PCB, which provides a much better connection but makes the assembly process slightly more complex. 

FPC antenna adhered to the inside of the Sonnet enclosure.
FPC antenna adhered to the inside of the Sonnet enclosure.

Additionally, we have been fine-tuning the color of the Sonnet enclosure. Recall that the enclosure will be made in a translucent black plastic that will allow light from the RGB LED to emit through the device while keeping the device waterproof. We experimented with a few different densities of translucent black dye so that the LED light can pass through as much as possible, but when the LED is off, you don't see it at all. So far we are using the LED from a phone to test the effect of lights emitting through it. We'll be getting enclosure samples from our plastic injection manufacturer and testing them on actual prototypes next week.

Translucent Sonnet enclosure. Currently the red LED is coming from a smartphone. The light diffusion is caused by the LED being placed further away than it will be in the final assembly, and won't be present in the final product.
Translucent Sonnet enclosure. Currently the red LED is coming from a smartphone. The light diffusion is caused by the LED being placed further away than it will be in the final assembly, and won't be present in the final product.

Software Updates

On the software side, we are making progress building the native version of the Sonnet App. Most of the migration process has been pretty straight forward. However, Cordova has quite a different way of handling static assets (eg. images) compared to how the static assets are handled on the Web app. As a result, while we have been able to get most of the features to work on the native app without too much work (such as the core messaging feature, making changes to the system settings on the Sonnet, etc.), there are some annoying bugs we are still trying to address such as loading static images, loading customized styling of the offline maps, etc. We will continue working to resolve these issues, and hope to get them resolved by next week.

Screenshot of our native iOS app running in iPhone simulator.
Screenshot of our native iOS app running in iPhone simulator.

That's it for now!

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Team Sonnet

COMBAR™ | An Incredibly Rugged Heavy-Duty Multi-Tool

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DREVO BladeMaster: Ultimate Keyboard with Programmable Knob

Our friend DREVO has launched an ultimate mechanical keyboard .This keyboard seeks to differentiate itself from the crowd with two elements, the main one is a side-wheel called Genius Knob, which allows four programmable actions using software, something that will be very useful for workers and gamers.The other attractive feature is that it is a wireless keyboard has 3 modes (USB/Bluetooth /2.4GHz). I have to say, when you go mechanical keyboard, you never back. CLICK HERE get the early bird price $55 or more.

RocketBody AI Wearable Fitness Trainer and Nutritionist

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Adrenalease - Perfect Posture - the world's first adjustable Posture Shirt and Bra!

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Post-Campaign Update #39

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome back to another Sonnet Update. It has been a very productive week here, and we have a few updates to share. Let's get started!

Manufacturing Updates

This week we have been working with our SMT manufacturer to figure out the process for the final SMT and assembly of the Sonnet units. Over the past couple of weeks, we have shipped all the other components (such as Wi-Fi Module, Long-Range Mesh Module, LiPo batteries, shielding, etc.) to the SMT manufacturer. However, it seems that the manufacturer has been very busy with recent orders, so they haven't given us a specific start date on the SMT yet. We have scheduled an in-person meeting next week with the manager handling our project to set a schedule for the manufacturing and assembly of the Sonnet. 

In addition, we have been testing out the final color scheme for the enclosure of the Sonnet. There are two primary colors on the enclosure, the dark grey portion that takes up the majority of the case, and a bright orange portion, which is where the power button is. We spent quite a bit of time testing the dye concentration for the dark grey portion. Instead of opaque, the dark grey portion is actually a transparent component. This lets the lights of the RGB LED on the PCB of the Sonnet to transmit through and use the lights to show the status of the Sonnet. We haven't had a chance to take some picture of our results so far, but we'll make sure to take some pictures for next week's update! Stay tuned!

Software Updates

On the software side we have been finishing up the offline map downloading and installing system for the Sonnet. We made a change to the archive format that we use to store the offline map data. Originally, all our offline map data is archived using xz (a compression format that incorporates the LZMA/LZMA2 compression algorithms). We had originally chosen xz because it offers a better compression ratio compared to other compression algorithms, which is helpful in saving bandwidth and saving the amount of time it takes to download the offline map data to the Sonnet devices. However, recently, when we were testing with the offline map installation procedure with larger regions, we discovered that decompressing large xz format uses up so much RAM on the Sonnet that it prevents other processes within the system from being spawned, leading to instability of the whole system. As a result, we have decided to change the compression format to gzip instead. Files compressed using gzip tend to be around 30% larger than files compressed using xz, but decompression uses far less memory, and takes less time. 

In addition, we have also started to migrate the Sonnet Web App to a native app using Cordova. So far we have gotten familiar with the development environment, and started to work on what we believe to be the most important feature missing from some mobile browser platforms - notifications! The notification API in Cordova seems to be pretty straight forward, and we hope to have the basic notification system working next week :)

That's it for now!

Thanks everyone! Have a great weekend!

Team Sonnet

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Post-Campaign Update #38

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Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all doing well! It's been a productive week here at Sonnet. Let's get started with some updates!

Manufacturing Updates

This week, we spent quite a bit of time making final changes to the external enclosure of the Sonnet. More specifically, we spent a significant amount of time testing the material we would be using for the rubber seals. There is a balance we need to reach on the stiffness of the rubber. In earlier versions of the enclosure prototype, we used a relatively harder rubber, which is great for keeping water and dust out of the internal components of the Sonnet. However, the harder rubber didn't work well from a user experience perspective because it made removing and re-inserting the rubber seal on the ports quite a bit more difficult. On the other hand, when we tried a softer rubber, while it made the rubber seals much more user friendly, it wasn't as effective in waterproofing the Sonnet as the harder seals.

To solve these issues we made two changes to the rubber seal:

1. We increased the wall on the rubber seal so that even when using a softer rubber, it can exert enough force on the surrounding plastic to prevent water from leaking into the device.
1. We increased the wall on the rubber seal so that even when using a softer rubber, it can exert enough force on the surrounding plastic to prevent water from leaking into the device.
2. We added a little protruding tab on the rubber seal so that you can better grip when trying to take the seal out. This allows us to use a harder rubber without affecting the user experience.
2. We added a little protruding tab on the rubber seal so that you can better grip when trying to take the seal out. This allows us to use a harder rubber without affecting the user experience.
In addition, as mentioned last week we've also put little icons on each of the seals so you'll know exactly which port is under which seal.
In addition, as mentioned last week we've also put little icons on each of the seals so you'll know exactly which port is under which seal.

Software Updates

On the software side, we were originally planning to start on the Cordova migration this week, but we ran into some issues with the offline maps system so we spent the majority of this week working on the maps system to make it more robust. Specifically, the problem we were experiencing is that given how large the maps data files can be (often in the gigabytes), and the number of steps it takes to prepare the maps data for usage (searching, downloading, decompressing, removing, etc.), there're a lot of things that can potentially go wrong when managing maps data. Previously, as a minimum viable version of the offline maps, we built something that just runs through a script (download, decompress, done), and if the process fails half way through, we'd have to restart the script from scratch, which is very time-consuming. This week, we revamped the maps data management system so that the Sonnet keeps track of the state for each of the maps that's on the device. For example, if it is in the progress of downloading, we'll know the percentage downloaded; if it is in the process of decompressing, we'll know how much has been compressed; and so on.

The revamping of the maps system is expected to be done today, so we will start working on migrating the Web app to the native app starting tomorrow.

That's it for now!

Thanks and have a great weekend everyone!

Team Sonnet

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Post-Campaign Update #37

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Hi Everyone!

Happy Friday! We hope everything is going well with all of you! Let's get started with some updates!

Manufacturing Updates

This week, we completed the post-production testing for the remainder of the Sonnet Wi-Fi Modules. The testing went very smoothly and we only identified two defective units in the entire production of 6000. The two defective units still work, but they had a very high power consumption (2-3x higher than the rest of the units) and they heat up quite a bit when powered on.

In addition, modification to the plastic injection mold for the rubber seals have also been completed. In this version of the mold, in addition to considering the drafts on the Sonnet enclosure, we have also added two additional refinements to make them more user-friendly:

  • Added a small flap on the rubber seal that gives you more grip when you are trying to take them out of the ports.
  • Stamped a little icon on each of the seals so that you can easily identify which port is behind the rubber seal you are about to open.

Unfortunately we haven't had a chance to actually do a prototype run this week to show you the results, so we'll save that for next week! Please stay tuned!

Software Updates

On the software side, we looked over all the feedback that you guys provided through comments/messages and spent quite a bit of time planning out our app strategy that would bring the most value to the users of the Sonnet. On the one hand, we still believe in the value of having a Web App solution that lets anyone to use the Sonnet without going to the App Store to download an app (which is impossible to do if you are already in the wilderness). On the other hand, we also recognize the technical limitation of a Web App-only solution (especially on mobile browsers). The best solution, of course, is to make both versions of the app. The down side is that developing Web App tends to be very different than developing a native mobile app, so building the native app basically means rebuilding the whole app from scratch. To make the matter worse, building a native app on iOS and on Android are very different as well, so that basically means building two whole new apps from scratch.

Here is where Cordova comes in. Instead of relying on platform-specific APIs like those in Android or iOS, Cordova lets us build native apps using the same technologies we are using to build our Web App. You can think of it as a customizable mobile browser that we can modify to add features that are unavailable in conventional mobile browsers (such as notifications) and then running the Web App we have already spent so much time and resources to work on inside this mobile browser. This allows us to create features that can only be done as a native app, without needing to start completely from scratch. And best of all, Cordova works with both Android and iOS, as well as many other obscure mobile operating systems, which allows us to quickly make the Sonnet App available for all the mobile platforms out there.

Next week, we will be starting to work on the native version of the Mobile App. Once we dive in we will have a better understanding of how much work is actually involved, but our goal is to have the native app ready to go when we ship the Sonnet. The Web App will still be available on the Sonnet devices, and you can always use it as a back up if you do not wish to download and install the native app. 

That's it for now!

Thanks everyone! Have a great weekend!

Team Sonnet

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