Update: 28th March 2019
The Chinese New year has finished, factories are up and running and we are bringing you our next update to show the current status of manufacturing and give you an updated timeline for product dispatch.
The agenda is as follows:
- Factory manufacturing
- Packaging design
- Updated timeline
Our first mass-production run has begun and a member of our team flew to China to personally oversee the production. We will be testing each unit before packaging to make sure all internal components work as expected. Our team is confident that we will be able to catch all possible faults before shipment, but if anyone receives a device that does not behave as expected please contact us asap so we can discuss the issue and potentially arrange a replacement if necessary. We decided to manufacture the first batch in black version only. It pairs very well with the new gunmetal aluminium finish and our current iteration of white just wasn't up to our high design standards. We will further touch upon the color variants in the next update.
As mentioned in our previous update, we have worked hard on the packaging design to bring it in line with our product strategy. We changed the overall layout to make it a little more compact, while still very practical. Take a look at some ready-to-manufacture renders and first samples below:
With the testing and final packaging in mind, the expected dispatch of our first run is in the first half of April. This will be 50 units of Black Tracker (with optional lamp add-on) and it will be dispatched based on the first come first serve basis (Super-early bird first, Early bird second, etc.). We will start dispatching in Europe first due to ease of certification and proximity. You will be contacted prior to dispatch to confirm your delivery address for the last time.
For other backers, we will be following up with a new update in April to address the final dispatch time for everyone. We use this first batch in order to catch any manufacturing imperfections. Once we are confident that our manufacturing pipeline is working without any issues, we can finish all the other units in a very short time.
Thank you for your attention.
-- Team Circadia