The temperature¬†is rising,¬†spring is knocking¬†on the door¬†and the clocks are soon¬†to be set forward to¬†summer time. Many cats are¬†increasing their activity levels¬†and cat lovers are concerned about the whereabouts of their pets. In recent weeks we have again received many letters from¬†cat owners who found¬†petTracer¬†on the internet. Thank you¬†all for the¬†good ideas¬†to improve and enhance the GPS cat collar. We are considering all of these options but for the first generation¬†of collars¬†we will focus on the implementation of the main functions.
Another¬†stress¬†test¬†is currently underway¬†with the¬†GPS Cat Collar. The aim is to test the robustness of the electronic components¬†and flex print¬†under the most adverse circumstances. The first test with the mounted flex-print was very¬†successful. Even after several thousand¬†twists¬†the electronics¬†were still fully functional.
Different test scenarios (for both the¬†flex print as well as the¬†collar case, in cold, heat, humidity, …) will follow in the coming days and weeks. For once we can¬†profit from the current delays we are experiencing as the longer a test scenario runs, the¬†better¬†the¬†end¬†product.
Our test cat¬†Topolino has recovered nicely in the meantime and is pleased with his regained freedom and being allowed to go outside again. He is very happy to¬†have got rid of the annoying cat ruff collar he had to wear a while ago. When he’s not on tour, he¬†gives¬†us¬†his full¬†“support” in the office. As best¬†as he can. ūüėČ
Last week we met with our production partner again.¬†We both managed to clarify important issues such as the gluing¬†of plastic parts,¬†engineering work on the safety buckle,¬†labelling¬†ideas¬†and the sealing of the home station¬†case.¬†A¬†lot of work¬†has also been done towards the¬†production processes and optimizing them.¬†Even for such a successful and competent manufacturing partner as we have now, it is still¬†a big challenge, since a considerable portion of innovation is needed to produce such a collar. We are currently experimenting with various design¬†options,¬†especially on how to include our logo. One idea is to integrate the¬†petTracer¬†logo directly into the plastic. Here we made a rudimentary¬†Design¬†using a 3D printer.
We have¬†made a lot of progress¬†and¬†we will soon¬†be able to fix the final production date. This much we already¬†know.¬†The production¬†will¬†definitely¬†be done in batches and the¬†very first batch is exclusively reserved for our loyal¬†Indiegogo-Backers!
We wish¬†you¬†all a happy Easter¬†and will update you again¬†in April.
Alan & Claudio