Having made some final adjustments to the plastic mould tools, we expect the “T2” samples to be moulded by the end of the week, and we should have them around the middle of next week. These will have the final surface finish, branding and black rubber keypads so will be the first time we have a final visual representation of the final product.
To keep the size of our devices down, aerobody and aerosensor are actually bonded together using a glue film. This involves quite a complex die-cutting process to get the correct shape. We expect to receive the first rolls of this die-cut tape next week.
In other news, our CEO and founder Barney took two of each device for certification testing in Chandler’s Ford, UK. The devices will undergo three days of testing involving mapping the radio emissions from the devices, checking for interference from other radio frequencies (by blasting them with radiation from different angles, orientations, and wavelengths from 600kHz to 6GHz), and finally checking for no adverse effects form electrostatic discharge. Passing these tests allow us to put CE, UKCA and FCC markings on the boxes: a requirement for sale in the EU, UK, and US.
Below are a few pictures – look at our little aerosensor in that big lab! Its like taking our baby for its first jabs.
To make sure we were able to get results from the devices during these tests we used a desk fan for wind, and a windscreen-wiper motor for the aerodrome tape switch!