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Hello fellow i-Brix supporters - On Friday, March 9th, we completed our second round of FCC prescan testing! This puts us one step closer to finalizing the product to ramp up for production, which means getting product into our backers' hands. Our final FCC test is scheduled in about two weeks, and things should start moving along much faster after that.
As most of you likely know, KickStarter is an amazing venue for concepts such as i-Brix to get their feet off the ground and build a fan base in advance of high volume, mass production. We have been fortunate to receive so much support and feedback from the Kickstarter community and are excited to provide you with the latest news on our progress with i-Brix.
Since successfully funding the project, we have been working towards wrapping up the final design work needed to go into production with a reliable product for our backers. During the past several months, there have been a few major milestones reached that we feel are important to share with you all:
1. Receiver circuitry
The original design of the receiver was too large to fit inside a standard 1x1 brick and would require the plastic of the brick to actually be molded "around" the receiver circuit. When we went to manufacture the first batch, we found that even with low-temperature molding, the process was too hot and was adversely affecting the receiver circuitry. The good news is that we have designed a new receiver circuit that allows it to be inserted into a standard brick while maintaining the distance! (One surprise development that will also be coming is the offering of ROUND 1x1x1 pcs!)
If you happened to have an opportunity to visit our booth at Bricks By the Bay, you may have had a chance to hold a few of our sample 1x1 bricks. The majority of those samples had been modified to accommodate our receiver circuitry (cut, hollowed out, etc). Being able to manufacture our i-Brix receivers without molding around the electronics is a huge win!
2. Transmitter Antenna Tuning
The biggest challenge in manufacturing the antennas in large volume is keeping their tolerances within specification. The antennas have to be held to a very tight tolerance in order to maximize the distance in which the bricks can light up. We have been working very hard with our manufacturer to develop a process that is very repeatable. We believe we have now reached a place where we can begin manufacturing antennas in high quantities with accuracy and consistency. [Antenna Sample (*note the bricks not lighting up are NOT i-Brix)]
Antenna Sample (*note the bricks not lighting up are NOT i-Brix)
Delivering our product "quickly" is important - however, shipping a reliable product that meets our backer's expectations in the long run is a higher priority for us. We are excited to say we are achieving several critical goals and have been impressed with our engineering team exceeding some of our original targets (for brick design and antenna performance).
We are full-steam ahead on getting this wrapped up so we can begin delivering product as soon as possible. With that being said, we will likely not be shipping systems before Christmas 2017. At this time we anticipate a first quarter 2018 delivery to our backers.
Again, we appreciate all of our supporters and look forward to continuing to provide updates and details on the systems as we get closer to volume production.Type your paragraph here.