Many of you have been asking when Bo & Yana will be shipped to you. We’ve started the bulk of our manufacturing process and are ready to announce our schedule. Building a robot that is fun, safe, and durable has taken a bit longer than we expected. Here’s a handy infographic that shows all the steps that go into getting Bo & Yana to you.
Right now we are in the middle of tooling, which is a 2-month process during which we’ll build over 100 machine molds needed to make all the parts that go into Bo & Yana. Our first shipments will go out in order of backer number* starting on October 11. It takes about a week to get to your doorstep from our factory, so you’ll be receiving your robots shortly after we ship.
This date is later than the Summer 2014 date we originally announced, and we sincerely apologize for the delay. There were still a lot of unknowns after our crowdfunding campaign, and we worked hard to finalize our schedule with our manufacturers to ship as early as possible. The hardest part of the process has been balancing our desire to produce robots that meet our incredibly high standards while meeting our delivery goal of this summer. Since several key improvements have been made since our original prototypes, we were forced to make sacrifices on the schedule.
Mechanical & Electrical Design – revisions for production
The first step of the process is taking the electrical and mechanical designs in our prototype and making them work in production. We worked closely with the engineers at our manufacturing site to test and revise the designs, which took a little longer than we expected. We made lots of revisions to our prototype, and you’ll be getting a better and more powerful robot as a result.
Most notably, the following changes were made:
- New motors and custom gearboxes on Bo, making it faster and stronger on a variety of different surfaces.
- Battery life improvements due to both a battery upgrade and reduced power consumption.
- Increased processing power and memory on the robots so that they can store and execute more programs at the same time.
These and many other improvements will make the play and learning experience of Bo & Yana a lot better!
Engineering pilot tests
We are being conservative in scheduling multiple rounds of engineering prototype tests so that we can make sure that Bo & Yana are in tip top shape in terms of reliability, durability, and safety. We hold ourselves to high standards of quality and want to ship a product we know you’ll love.
Some extra goodies
These new features didn’t play a role in pushing back the date, but we are excited to share them with you since they were added on after the crowdfunding campaign. Bo used to have one microphone. We replaced it with 3 microphones, so Bo now knows what direction sounds are coming from. This allows you to program Bo to come to you when you call it and face you when you are talking to it!
When designing our play experience, we thought of many exciting new uses for Yana. We added 3 more buttons to the top of Yana so that you can do a lot more programming with it too! There are also now 12 LEDs in Bo & Yana’s eye instead of sixteen because twelve is a better number for fractions, and the eye can be programmed to be a clock.
We are thinking every day about how to improve the learning and play experience and can’t wait to start showing you our iPad/Android interfaces! We take our commitment and promises to you very seriously. We also want to be transparent about the progress we’re making, so at the end of each week I’ll post a recap of where we are. Please feel free to email us over at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns at all.
*Your backer number was shown on the confirmation screen when you ordered. If you’d like to find out what it is, please contact us directly!