February Mass Production Update: Almost Got There

Hello Backers!

I came back to New York from Shenzhen last Friday and the good news is that we will be shipping 20% of our goods this week.  Recipients were selected randomly and not based on any specific order. 

The bad news is that the rest will be shipped out in mid-March.  I was hoping to have the final assembly finished by February 8th, but we ran into a small problem with the spindle that controls the ceiling rotation (see pictures below).   

Assembly factory also closed on Feb 8th for Chinese New Year (CNY) - a full week and a half before February 19th, which is the official start of CNY.  So, we have to wait until the factory reopens in early March to finish the assembly.  Most businesses shut down for about two weeks in China during CNY.

On our website, we put up the Support page where it has instructions and videos to help you get familiar with using ODIN.  Please read this page and see the videos before operating.  Definitely see the "turning on/off" and how to "drag" on the ODIN mouse pad.  

Below are pictures from my latest Shenzhen trip.

This is Young Zhang. He is the first Dos Owls - China employee. He has been instrumental in organizing and dealing with suppliers and engineers.

This is Young Zhang. He is the first Dos Owls - China employee. He has been instrumental in organizing and dealing with suppliers and engineers.

In the top box, you can see a small gap between the parts. This is the rotational hinge that allows ODIN to rotate up and down.

In the top box, you can see a small gap between the parts. This is the rotational hinge that allows ODIN to rotate up and down.

Close-up of the spindle. This part costs $1.25 (not including the $6,000 for the molding) and it is causing the delay. In reality, this part is very expensive for what it is and had to be custom-made. There is some hand welding done here.

Close-up of the spindle. This part costs $1.25 (not including the $6,000 for the molding) and it is causing the delay. In reality, this part is very expensive for what it is and had to be custom-made. There is some hand welding done here.

We had to stop the assembly line when we discovered the gapping problem along the rotational hinge.

We had to stop the assembly line when we discovered the gapping problem along the rotational hinge.

Video above shows the mechanical engineer trying to figure out why the "gap" was happening when fully assembled.  You can tell that he has a lot of experience putting ODIN together.  He is the one that taught the assembly workers.

When I arrived at the assembly factory, the carton packaging was being delivered at the same time. I was feeling great at this time. It was before I realized the assembly line was halted....

When I arrived at the assembly factory, the carton packaging was being delivered at the same time. I was feeling great at this time. It was before I realized the assembly line was halted....

More pics of the idle assembly line.

More pics of the idle assembly line.

This guy is helping us print out the barcodes that will go on the carton box. We need this to keep track of the different SKUs bc of the different plugs.

This guy is helping us print out the barcodes that will go on the carton box. We need this to keep track of the different SKUs bc of the different plugs.

This is outside the factory. I think workers live in the building pictured - not totally sure. China's great economic growth is driven by low wages and an army of entrepreneurs.

This is outside the factory. I think workers live in the building pictured - not totally sure. China's great economic growth is driven by low wages and an army of entrepreneurs.

We are almost there…
Thank you for being patient.

Regards,
Alex Yoo