SPUD Update: Mass Production has begun! Multiple components complete and awaiting assembly.

November 09, 2018

Hello SPUD Supporters!

We’re happy to report that the last few weeks have been productive and have gone according to plan! We have continued to finalize and mass produce all of the components -- lens, protective cover, screen, shroud, retractable arms, chassis (projector, PCB, battery, heatsink, fans, speakers, etc.) -- needed to kick off final assembly. Basically, at this point, we only have a few more milestones before we will start final assembly and start shipping:

  1. Perform final quality check of the updated and final retractable arms (expected to be complete this weekend).
  2. Pass compliance testing (expected within next 2 weeks).
  3. Receive first batch of short-range projection lenses (expected by end of month). 

This update gives a high level view of our remaining areas we are focusing on as we approach our initial mass production builds.

Subsystem Status

  • Short-range projection lens (i.e. the wide angle converter that reduces SPUD’s projector distance): Lens production continues to be the main driver of our schedule, largely due to our supplier’s ongoing factory move. The injection molding and coating machines are currently unassembled, but they were able to produce and coat a total of 700 rear lenses and 300 front lenses before the move began. We will continue to work closely with this supplier as the factory move progresses, and these already-produced lenses will enable us to move forward with an initial limited quantity build. There is still a risk that this part will have lower yield (e.g. they may need to produce 3000 to yield 2000 of quality) which would require more time.

Our now-very-familiar lens testing room, with multiple lens samples, adjustable mount samples, and a testing station.
Our now-very-familiar lens testing room, with multiple lens samples, adjustable mount samples, and a testing station.

  • Screen and Shroud: We now have approximately 800 screens that have gone through our quality inspection process and passed. Using those screens, we have officially finished mass production of over 700 shrouds.
Alex at the screen supplier factory, spot-checking the quality inspection process.

Alex at the screen supplier factory, spot-checking the quality inspection process.

George performing a manual screen quality audit.
George performing a manual screen quality audit.

A couple of the mass produced shrouds, ready for final assembly.
A couple of the mass produced shrouds, ready for final assembly.

  • Arms: All components received, performing quality check of final arm samples.
  • Covers: All covers produced. Final quality inspection scheduled for November 15th.

Hundreds of the mass produced covers, ready for final inspection.
Hundreds of the mass produced covers, ready for final inspection.

  • Compliance Testing: The majority of tests are passed. The remaining tests require new battery samples, which we expect to arrive on Nov 12th. Final tests to be run after battery validation.
  • Production Build: All parts on order, and mass production of chassis will begin once we receive the official pass from compliance testing.

Schedule

No major updates to the schedule. We are still aiming to begin shipping the initial SPUD orders out next month (likely a few hundred of the earliest orders). We expect the remaining orders to go out in the first quarter of 2019, ideally before the Chinese New Year in February.

In the News

We’re excited to announce that Arovia was awarded the China Daily Innovation Award at the 2018 Global Sources Mobile Electronics show on Saturday, October 20th.

Watch George nail his interview:

Finally, as part of our 1st place finish in theTexas A&M New Ventures Competitiona few months ago,Amerra developed the animation below as a sponsorship award. Thanks Amerra Team for all the work you put into making us this video!

As always, thank you all for your support and patience throughout this entire production process. It’s tough to describe just how exciting it has been to receive boxes full of “officially mass produced” SPUD components, final pieces that we can literally hold in our hands! We are very much looking forward to building up and sending out your SPUDs, and we hope you are all excited to be the owners of the first Spontaneous Pop-Up Display units produced!

Thank you,
- Justin, George, Leonard, Alex


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