Our mold design is complete and is undergoing one last review before metal is ordered. Our baseline schedule had us receiving the first injection molded parts (called T1 samples) before the Chinese New Year holiday so we could evaluate the sample during the holiday; unfortunately, it looks like they won’t be able to ship the samples until after the holiday which pushes out our schedule by a couple weeks. This is currently the schedule driver for product integration and something we really can’t afford to get wrong (since molds aren’t cheap). We’ll continue to be 100% transparent on our progress here and keep you updated on molding milestones.
On to some good news: Hal, our electronics engineer, finished testing a new circuit layout we described in our last update. Now, Wake’s volume control can be accomplished with much greater resolution – allowing to achieve even lower volumes and create a seamless sound volume ramp during a wakeup process. Our previous circuit had a slightly noticeable bump every time the volume increased. Additional changes tested were also a success, including a new circuit to turn off the infrared temperature sensor while not in use – which should prolonging its life.
The software team also continues to work vigorously on exciting new features: at the top of their list is a new opt-in feature to “hibernate” Wakē. Hibernating amounts to turning off Wakē’s WiFi and putting its processor in a low-power state during periods of inactivity. Wakē will automatically wake (get it?) from hibernation shortly before the next scheduled wakeup, and users can also bring Wakē out of hibernation at any time by pressing Wakē’s nose button. The feature is nearly done, and we’ll report on it again in our next update.