Remember those switches we had to custom make a few updates back? Well, we will need to make them again. Even though they don’t contain any hazardous materials, we made a mistake and didn’t realize they didn’t have all the proper certifications. So we need to make some more with the proper reports. Not a huge deal, but it will take time. There are a few other components we will need to swap as well to be compliant with RoHS.
We also have to get certified to ship a device with a lithium battery. With the recent disaster that is the Samsung Note 7 battery, our lives get a little harder. It will take up to 30 days to get approval to ship with a battery. You might not realize this, but you have to have complete packaging as well when you get certified to ship with a battery because pictures are taken for the custom agents to look up. So, needless to say we’ve got to get packaging done as well.
We knew if would take time to get all these certifications and knew there would be some things we missed. That’s why we’re doing them in parallel with tooling, so getting the certifications won’t cause additional delays.
Let's have a moment of silence for the Peeple devices that gave their lives for these certification tests. I had 6 Peeples built (that I had planned for Beta users) that were needed for testing. Some of the tests will result in the destruction of the devices. A few early Peeples will die so thousands can live.
After much negotiation, molds are being made for all the plastic parts of Peeple. These molds are giant steel blocks used for injection molding of plastic. There will be 5 needed to make each Peeple device and it will cost anywhere from $25,000 to $35,000. We will be returning to the factory in November to build the first Peeples with these molds and barring any gross defects we will be able to begin our first PVT (production validation testing) run. These PVT devices will be the first out the door.
Unfortunately, China is about to shut down for their national holiday on October 1st. So all factory work halts for the first week of October in China, but after that the factory will be back to work on our project.
We needed your pledges and pre-orders to get here and I appreciate everyone hanging in there. Peeple is looking great. We want to get some more packaging and instructional documents written before beta testing, but we’re making good progress and getting closer to shipping every day. Thank you for supporting us,