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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Out of Hibernation!

Out of Hibernation!

Hello Owls!  We are finally out of our hibernation and we are itching to get back to work.  

It seems like yesterday that we finished our Kickstarter campaign in July 2014.  Time sure flies!  Last May/June 2015, we delivered ODIN 1.0 to all of our Kickstarter backers and we also sold out of our first production run earlier this year.  It was a steep learning curve dealing engineering, production, delivery and after service requirements but we were able to get through them with your feedback, patience and understanding. 

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Contest Results and More

Hope you were able to use your ODIN during your summer events.  We have been busy with receiving feedback and developing the Dos Owls community.

#ODINContest2015

Our contest winner for the #ODINContest2015 is Andreas Treskatch from Germany.  He had the most amount of votes. We also had cool entries from Glen Lambert, Shaiful Aizal, Seohee Koh, and David Crellen. It is amazing to see the different ways that our backers are utilizing ODIN and we would love to see you share your experiences with us by posting on our Facebook page.  Here are some entries from #ODINContest2015.

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ODIN CONTEST Announcement!

ODIN CONTEST Announcement!

Here at Dos Owls, we have been seeing a lot of recent photos of ODINs in action. We want to take this a step further by bringing together all of your Dos Owls experiences into one place.  Today, we are starting our #ODINContest2015. This contest will be held on our Facebook Page

This contest will be a great way to see all of our backers using their ODINs in a variety of extraordinary situations. However, it doesn’t just stop there. By sharing your ODIN story with us and garnering the most votes, you will receive a very, very special prize.

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Ready for order: ODIN Feedback

Ready for order: ODIN Feedback

We hope ODIN is living up to your Netflix binging, PowerPoint presenting, and gaming expectations. We recently sent out a survey regarding your feedback and how we can learn and improve, particularly with future versions. The responses have been more than helpful and we truly appreciate all your input. By getting to know you better we hope to build a family of people alike who share and support our vision. 

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Re-Starting Mass Assembly Next Week

Re-Starting Mass Assembly Next Week

I am currently in Shenzhen visiting the engineering office. As you know, we shipped out a batch of ODINs in mid-February before the Chinese New Year. At that time we were not able to ship out all the products, because of the small gap at the rotation hinge and the pending factory shutdown due to Chinese New Year.

The general response has been positive from the initial ODIN receivers. People have been impressed by the optical quality from such a small device and the responsiveness of the Android operating system.

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February Mass Production Update: Almost Got There

February Mass Production Update: Almost Got There

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

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