Happy New Year! Ready for 2017!
about 2 years ago
– Tue, Jan 03, 2017 at 11:27:48 PM
Happy New Year!
To all our backers from around the world, we wish you a very happy new year! We're off to a solid start in 2017 and wanted to share how things have been going post-campaign and over the holidays. As we mentioned previously, we got to work directly when the campaign ended. Here's an overview of what we have been working on, as well as exciting upcoming activities.
Jason and Tiantian flew to China to participate in design reviews with our manufacturing partners. Seen below, Jason and our partners are discussing our latest prototype. This phase is often referred to as Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and involves reviewing and tweaking product designs in order to ensure manufacturability.
As these meetings continue and improvements come to fruition, we'll share photos with you. Expect some exciting images as we get further into the process!
In addition to reviewing the design of the frames, we've been evaluating the various types of lenses that will ship in each pair of Vue. Tiantian even had her own prescription lenses manufactured and installed in her pair of Vue so that she can test out the full experience each day.
Just this past week, we received and inspected sample lenses. We also toured a lens surfacing line to better understand how the lenses are made. Check out some of the cool videos below to see how what it looks like when your lenses are being made!
Whenever we travel to China, we work out of a co-working space through the HAX accelerator program. It's a busy place, and whenever we arrive there seems to be something exciting going on. Most recently, HAX held a Demo Day where alumni companies (including us) had the opportunity to present their product to a crowd of Asia-based investors. Tiantian gave a brief pitch and demo to the crowd pictured below.
We'll be at CES 2017 in Las Vegas! We'd love to meet some of our Kickstarter backers face-to-face. We will be part of the HAX booth on January 7th at Eureka Park 51639. Swing by to chat with us and see the prototypes. Feel free to shoot us an email if you are there and looking to connect! If you're around, keep an eye out for the flyers below, which we've designed for CES.
The Vue team is growing! We're looking for experienced and enthusiastic people who are excited about smart glasses and new wearable technology. Check out the opportunities below and shoot us any recommendations you have to email@example.com.
- Production Lead
- Software Engineer (iOS)
- Software Engineer (Android)
- Electrical Engineer
- Firmware Engineer
We're hard at work preparing your survey. Because we are collecting sensitive prescription information, we have to abide by regulatory standards that most projects do not have to deal with. More specifically, some organizations that collect Protected Health Information (PHI) must adhere to standards defined in the HIPAA Privacy Rule (a US regulation). Unfortunately, the rules are dense, so we've had to consult with lawyers to make sure we are compliant. Moreover, not every software vendor is able to collect this data, meaning we've had to abandon, evaluate, and test out other tools before building the survey.
We also have quite a few customization options, which makes each order complex. Although the survey may look straightforward as you move through it, on the backend we need to make sure that all the data is clear and organized so that we can export it in a workable format for our manufacturing partners.
Because of these extra requirements that we must deal with, the survey requires a lot of work and time—but we're almost there! The challenges will not affect project timelines, but they are tedious! We're putting the final touches on the survey and will have it ready soon. We are targeting early January for release. We will post an update here and email backers directly once it is ready, so keep an eye out for that!
Throughout this journey, we'll aim to post a minimum of one update a month on Kickstarter so you can keep track of our progress. Moving forward, updates will get progressively more technical and manufacturing-focused, especially as we start to evaluate units with our manufacturing partners. We're excited to share the process with you!
As always, don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.
the Vue team