Month: October 2013

Production motoring along.

A quick update because it’s a flurry of activity at the moment between finalizing and submitting the apps; testing the bulbs on almost every router we can get our hands on; making last minute firmware updates; and gearing up for all the little things you need to think about pre-shipping. Paperwork, logistics, packaging, shipping you name it – it’s the convergence of 12 months hard work and that’s just here in the office!

The real action is happening in Shenzhen, with Marc overseeing all aspects of the manufacturing, and Shane building and programming the end of line test-gear and then flashing the firmware onto thousands of LIFX control boards ready for insertion into the bulbs as they come off the line. We’re still awaiting our FCC ID too, which is painful, as we need to print that on each and every bulb we send to the US. As you can imagine Uncle Sam closing his doors for 17 days has caused a backlog at FCC HQ, but we’re hopeful we’ll have this in the coming days.

Will keep you posted on this as soon as we hear something. The FCC ID doesn’t affect international backers. In the meantime, I’m off to Shenzhen Sunday with quite a few of LIFX team to get the first fully assembled units from the line; ensure QC standards are at a level we’re comfortable with, and all things going well start the shipping before the month ends. Will report back on the exact shipping process for distributing tracking numbers, and some more updates from Shenzhen, including FCC ID numbers, as well as news on the availability of both apps (iOS & Android) when they hit the respective stores.

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Manufacturing begins!

Just wanted to let you know the good news that the certification wrestle is over!

All tests are now passed (pending paperwork) and we’ve started the manufacturing in earnest! Thousands of heat sinks have been forged this week and Marc is headed to China Thursday to oversee the set-up of the assembly line and installation of the end of line testing gear (more pictures to follow).

This means that as long as the paperwork all comes in as we expect and Marc’s happy with the end of line testing – the line begins, along with the rolling ship date. I’ll be joining Marc in China, so will come back with more photo’s of how it’s progressing, the exact ex-factory dates; and your tracking numbers!

In the meantime the apps are complete, and this week has mainly been about bug testing and finalising, and we’re submitting the iOS app on Thursday, with the Android app to follow very soon after. The firmware guys are even starting to feel the weight lifted too, with our soft launch / test day coming up early next week and most aspects looking under control – it’s a nice position to be in.

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Whilst everyone else on the team has been working hard this week I’ve been spending a bit of time with a KBS, who came out to film a story about LIFX for the Korean version of 60 minutes. Strange, but fun, and lot of the questions gave me pause for thought on what an incredible year it’s been. We’re not done until we get these to you but we’re damn close now, and really grateful to you folks for being a part of it.

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