Version 1 Product Updates
It’s been a while, let’s catch up…
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Well, we ripped off the band-aid a couple of weeks ago and announced the delay. That was rough. It’s an e-mail you never plan on writing. Many of you reached out to us and expressed your support over the past few weeks and, for that, we are extremely grateful. It was amazing to hear from everyone that wants Scout to deliver on the promise of the system and not cut corners for the sake of time. It is a home security system, after all.
Our radio silence between updates was a lot like what I imagine it would like to go “off the grid." We still existed, we were still working, people still cared about what we were up to, but our situation made it tough to communicate. To get the company back on track, staying silent was necessary. It streamlined the process, though it felt like years.
But, now we’re moving full-speed ahead and we want to get you up to speed.
So what happened while we were off the grid? In a series of posts over the course of the next few weeks, we’re going to walk you through where we’ve been. Today’s post is not where we are right now, rather, it is the first major milestone that you missed: fully functional, hand-built prototypes.
Below, you will find a series of pictures that show our final, hand-built prototypes. Given the nature of hand-built products, these final prototypes are about 20%-30% larger than the production products will be. (depending on which component we are talking about) The prototypes were created by 3D printing the casings, sanding them and painting them. The faceplates were laser cut and then everything was assembled.
These prototypes have been traveling around the country with us for demos and were used for early testing. Our time with these prototypes lead to some interesting observations:
1) TSA agents are generally not keen on home-made, uncertified electronics being carried onto a plane. But, a modern design is surprisingly convincing that we weren’t carrying something dangerous. Though we did get screened on two out of four flights, we made a sale on one encounter.
2) Having a home security with you while traveling gives you a surprisingly accurate log of when your hotel room gets cleaned.
3) Thank you again for your support! Stay tuned for our next Scout update.