October ODIN2 Update

Hello backers,

I want to share a new video of me testing the latest prototype.  In the video, I am browsing a Game of Thrones behind the scenes video in HBO NOW, watching an ESPN sports video and a Saturday Night Live episode on YouTube.

The optical brightness is still less than 50% of capacity but optical quality and sound is a lot better than ODIN1.  ODIN2 only has one 3-watt speaker but it has a sound cavity and better amplifier chip than ODIN1 to deliver a superior sound. 

In my last update in August, I mentioned that the heat dissipation was the biggest issue.  My engineers are off this week due to the Chinese Golden Week but I am told that the new heat sink - for heat dissipation - will be delivered next week from the heat sink supplier.  Keeping my fingers crossed.   

Below are some pictures and video from my September trip to Shenzhen.

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Old Fan and New Fan

 
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Old Heatsink Proto

 
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September Version - Heat Sink Proto

Rooting Change

For those sophisticated Android tinkerers, we mentioned that ODIN2 will be open root system but due to a recent change in Netflix app, we will not be opening the root access.  Recent Netflix app does not work on rooted systems (relevant article). I found this out recently after trying to install the Netflix app. 

Promise to Backers:

I am not going produce a crappy product for the sake of just delivering this project.  ODIN2 is pretty complicated and it requires a lot of financial and technical resources.  Progress has been slow but I am working through all the issues as best as I can.   

We have very little cash burn at the moment, because a lot of engineering expenses have already been paid.  I am sorry for the delay and I really appreciate the patience that most of you have shown. 

Alex Yoo

ODIN2: August Update

Hello backers!

Happy summer and please enjoy it while we still have it.  I can already see some leaves turning brown in Brooklyn.

In our June update, we mentioned that we had two major roadblocks - touch panel firmware and hinge stability and I feel like these two items have been solved.  

Touch Panel - we had to find another screen supplier and remake the touch panel mold and I personally tested the touch panel working.  

Hinge Stability - In previous prototype versions, we 3D printed the plastic body and base casing.  This time we used a higher grade plastic prototyping method, which will be similar to the mass-production version quality and we also changed to a metal base to provide more weight.  I feel the hinge movement is smooth and stable enough now.  I feel good about this also. 

Here is a picture of ODIN2 playing a video on ESPN on a web browser.

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Below is a video of ODIN2 prototype turning on.  I have to apologize that it only shows ODIN2 turning on.  I was testing it yesterday and I was able to use the WiFi and browse the Internet but I turned it off by unplugging it directly from the wall instead of turning the device off first, and now, the start-up mode is looping and I can't test anything else.

Next Challenges:

Although I was only able to test for a limited time, I listed below issues that need to resolved before I can decide on the mass production step.

  • Optical brightness was not as bright as it should be in the prototype.  This is related to heat in the device.  We need to figure out a better way to get rid of heat inside the device.  I think a combination of heat sink, airflow path and fan speed and model needs to be addressed. [Difficult]
  • The user facing camera was not sensitive enough in a dimly lit environment.  Mostly likely need to switch camera. [Low to Medium Difficulty] 
  • Optimize WiFi and Bluetooth quality [Med Difficulty]
  • Keystone and Auto focus needs to work a lot better. [Low to Medium Difficulty]
  • More modifications to the home page to improve usability. [Low to Medium Difficulty]
  • In general, mores testing needs to be done with a variety of apps.  

I will be going back to Shenzhen China in the next week or two to sit down with the engineers on the above concerns.  Only when I am satisfied that we are making good progress on the heat dissipation (high concern) and majority of software (less concern) issues, we will open the mold for mass production.  

The most important thing for me at this point is that all of you receive a quality product.  This being our second time, I really thought that we would have a more smooth production and delivery but due to working with a new engineering team, this has not been the case. 

I know that a lot of you want a delivery date for ODIN2, which is very understandable.  Right now, I am not sure when the date will be but hopefully, I will have a better handle on it in the next 3 to 4 weeks.   

Sorry for the delay and I thank you for your patience.

Regards,

Alex Yoo from Dos Owls

More Pics: Please note this prototype is all black.  Mass version will have the white body casing - same as the picture on Kickstarter.

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ODIN2 Summer Update

Hi Backers!

Hope you are enjoying the summer weather.  

I just came back from meeting our engineers in Shenzhen, China a few days ago.  It has been some time since the last update, and I apologize for the silence - I was waiting on a couple of items to finalize. 

I took the video below at the engineering office that shows ODIN2 powering up and turning on the screen and projector.

There are two major roadblocks that are hindering us in going to the next step - touch panel and rotational hinge.

Touch Panel is the piece that goes on top of the screen that allows for screen touch control.  We think there is a software bug from the touch panel supplier - we don't think it is a bug from our PCB firmware.  Not sure if the bug is from the actual touch panel or the microchip related to the touch panel but we are working diligently to figure it out.

Hinge is the piece that allows ODIN2 to rotate up and down to adjust for different viewing angles.  We have gone through a few iterations already and the latest version was a lot better in terms of smoothness and the way it closed.  However, I am still not sold on this latest iteration and may look into a different type of hinge design.  

Above picture shows the inside guts, outside shell and screen.

Above picture shows the inside guts, outside shell and screen.

Above picture shows the inside guts, outside shell and screen.

Above picture shows the inside guts, outside shell and screen.

I am disappointed that we will not meet the initial delivery date but I think it is more important to deliver a quality product. I will be going back to Shenzhen next month and I hope to start on moulding at that time.

Best regards,

Alex Yoo

Dos Owls

ODIN 2 Update - March 2017

Hello Backers!

Spring is here and it is getting warmer in New York.  Hope you are enjoying the change of weather as well.

Sorry about the delay in sending you an update.  I was waiting so I could update you with a video of the new prototype but the new prototype will not be ready for another 4 weeks. 

We had to make more modifications to ODIN2's mechanical structure to accommodate a bigger touch panel.  In the Kickstarter prototype you saw a few months ago, it included a 4.7" touch screen.  However, when we tried to get more of the same touch screens, manufacturer stopped making them, so we had to wait for the new 5.5" touch screens to come in stock.

Besides changing the casing structure, we had to remake the touch panel tooling (the piece that goes on top of the screen).  Once the touch panel molding is confirmed, we will remake the PCB.

Next Steps

Once I confirm the next prototype version, we will start on opening the mould for the casing which will take about 6 to 8 weeks. Another 6 to 8 weeks after that until end of mass assembly.

Below are some of the modifications that we made:

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The two small holes on the top are holes for the microphone.

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The wider profile make the device look a lot skinnier overall. We also had to widen the lens cover to re-balance the front profile.

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This is a side view of the cross section. We already started the molding on the hinge which allows ODIN2 to tilt when viewing.

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There are a lot of parts to ODIN. A lot of these parts have to be custom made.

ODIN2 Stretch Goals + Opportunities

Hello ODIN2 Backers,

We are currently at $174,000 with 21 more days to go.  We want to keep this momentum going, so we are rolling out with stretch goals.  As we breakthrough each milestone, we will include the items when shipping ODIN2.  The first stretch goal was requested from our current ODIN2 backers, Shahvan Kaikobad and Anthony Calloway.

Stretch Goals

  • $225K - Include KODI application - award winning software for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more
  • $300K - ODIN2 Carrying Case
  • $500K - Upgrade internal storage to 32 GB

We received one question from many backers, "Will ODIN2 work with Apple devices?" The answer is Yes, it will work with Apple products by a screen mirroring software that we will integrate into ODIN2 before shipping.  You will be able to transfer your phone or tablet images and videos to ODIN2. 

Please share with your friends and family on facebook and twiiter.

Investment Opportunity

Also, Dos Owls is a self-funded company so far and after this campaign, we will be looking for investors. If you are interested or know of any angels, please message me.  We believe the advances in optical lens will change the way consumers interact with optical screens and we plan to become a major player in the smart projector segment.

Best regards,

Alex Yoo + Dos Owls Team

Creators Helping Creators:

My wife bought FLIP and told me about it -  a smart stylus for your tablet and phone. You will be able to design and sketch what you want with a stylus on a tablet and mirror the screen on ODIN2's 100"+ screen.

FLIP: The World’s Most Intuitive Smart Stylus

Lynktec’s back on KS again with another great accessory for Apple enthusiasts, a smarter stylus that’s magnetically powered and works just like the pencil you grew up with! This new technology provides advanced features like flip to erase, zoom, hover, auto dimming, palm rejection, and more without using Bluetooth or batteries. If you like having cool tech that lets you get more out of your iPad and/or iPhone, we definitely suggest you check it out HERE:

ODIN2 FAQs + Artificial Intelligence

Hi ODIN2 backers!

A lot of people have asked me, "what makes ODIN2 so different from ODIN1?"  

Besides the obvious but big improvements to the optical engine and Android performance, ODIN2's integrated camera, microphone and touchscreen make ODIN2 truly unique.

  • Microphone allows for future integration of artificial intelligence technology like Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant, etc.  Alexa is open source so we just need to spend some time figuring out how to integrate it.  Google Assistant is not available to non Google products for now, but when it becomes available, we will certainly look into making it available through an update.
  • Camera and microphone allows for group video calling experience on Skype, WeChat, among others. 

FAQs from Backers

[Riverflower, Australia] How far can you put the projector back without affecting the picture quality?  The screen will become bigger as you move ODIN2 away from the wall.  At about 3 yards, the screen size will be approximately 100 inches.  As the screen gets bigger, the light will disperse on a bigger surface area, making it less bright, so in order to compensate, you will need to darken the room.    

[Javier] Can I connect it to my bluetooth speaker? Yes.  If you are viewing it outside on a roof or backyard, an external bluetooth speaker will help with the sound.  We use JBL Charge for our own outdoor viewing.  Here is a video on how to pair to a bluetooth speaker.  https://vimeo.com/127431266 

Engineering Progress

This latest iteration will allow ODIN2 to fully take advantage of video calling and artificial intelligent applications.  Because ODIN2 runs on Android, we have a lot of options.

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Creators Helping Other Creators

Monkey Light Automatic: Best Bike Lights

Monkey Lights are LED lights that mount on the wheels of your bike. They're incredibly bright, durable and fun. All Monkey Lights are clearly visible from every direction. By illuminating the wheels, the moving light greatly increases visibility - even on a crowded street.  Company is introducing 3 sleek new designs that are ridiculously easy to use. Lights are fully automatic - just ride your bike and they turn on when you need them. These 3rd generation lights fit nearly any bike and they're more affordable than ever.

HOME of my MEMORIES: 3D Animation. A Heartwarming Story of Our Memories

"Through this 5 minute animated short-film, we want you to go back into your memories and remember all those people from which we learned different kind of things that helped us to define our identity.

We all have people who may not be with us any longer, but are able to transcend through our memories, and live in them along with their legacy. Humans are not immortal but their teachings last through generations. 

How other people’s life inspired yours? How would you like to inspire others?" 

HOW TO BE A MAGICIAN: 47 incredible tricks ANYONE can do

"How To Be A Magician is for EVERYONE over 10. It's for Dads who want to do tricks for their kids.... dudes who want to impress the ladies (it WORKS)... and any person who wants to do a couple of 'killer' tricks at parties without putting a lampshade on their head!  Life is tough enough already, let's have some FUN!!"

Modified Stretch Goal + Engineering Insights

Hi ODIN2 Backers!

We received some feedback from some backers regarding the previous stretch goals andafter listening to their opinions and reasoning, we decided to change them.

For now, we will have one stretch goal at $300K which will double the storage capacity to 32GB.  KODI app will be installed as a standard feature and we will also include the carrying case regardless of the final Kickstarter pledge amount.  We are currently at $180K, so please share and spread the word!

Engineering Insights

I personally find the engineering process very interesting.  Below is our heat dissipation diagram for our prototype #2. 

You will see that approximately 50% of the internal components are made up of the heat sink and fan.  We are using the latest optical technology, which is very efficient in producing the 300 lumens but it still gets very hot.  A few things to note:

  • The larger heat-sink will have a higher heat capacity (will help the device stay cooler)
  • We are using a copper heat-sink, because it is more effective than an aluminum heat-sink (it is also more expensive)
  • Bigger fan will blow more air, which means that we can run the fan at a slower speed compared to a smaller fan.  Slower fan speed will be quieter
  • Thinking of adding another air hole on the left side of ODIN2 to improve airflow
  • Increasing the space between top of the fan and the PCB by 1.5 mm to improve airflow
  • Modifying the air hole design to get more airflow - still in progress
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If you have any questions, please send us a message or post on the comments section.

Regards,

Alex + Dos Owls Team

Creators Helping Creators:

We are including other current Kickstarter campaigns below, because you may find them interesting. 

Square Off: World's Smartest Chess Board

Square Off is a tangible chess board on which you can play against the computer (where the AI can think on it's own) or against a friend sitting anywhere across the globe via the internet. The opponent can play on the App OR on his own Square Off board as well. When you are playing on the Square Off board the opponents move are completely automated, the opponent can be the AI or your friend sitting somewhere else.

MODI: Create Anything You Want with Robotics of Things

MODI is modular hardware platform for your own DIY creation and IoT devices. It has a simple, minimalist outer design that covers the circuits inside.  It's great for people who love IoT devices or toys that require electricity.  MODI also provides easy to learn software tools to code your own modules.  The software will be provided for free and will be compatible with PC, Mac, Android, and iPhone.

Thank You! Nailed Our Goal in TWO+ DAYS!!!!

Hi ODIN2 BACKERS,

WOW! WOW!  We zoomed way past our goal of $125,000.  We met this goal in about 2.5 days.  Thank you so much for your support and backing.  We nailed our goal!!!!

After 3+ days, we are currently at $165,000 with 27 more days to go.  We are working on our Stretch goals and we will share them with you very soon.  We met the minimum goal but it is always better and easier to execute if we have more backing.  Please share with your friends and family on facebook and twiiter. 

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If you have any questions, please message us or leave your comment and we will do our best to answer them on a timely basis.

Regards,

Alex Yoo + Dos Owls Team 

ODIN 2.0 is Coming Together

ODIN 2.0 is Coming Together

Hope you are enjoying the early summer weather.  At Dos Owls, we are busy working on ODIN 2.0. 

Last month, we asked you what new features and improvements you want to see in ODIN 2.0.  We have compiled the list below.  We will do our best to incorporate all of your comments and suggestions during the design process.  If you have any more suggestions, please feel free to send them to our Facebook page.

New Features:

 

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