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The blog Combimouse Funding blog discusses the background to the various tasks listed below.

 

Task

Status

Completion date

Comment

1

Proof of concept, ergonomics and external mechanical design

Complete

 

Full verfiication will be done later - see below

2

Identify custom keyboard supplier

Complete

 

This is the critical component. In September 2013 a suitable supplier was identified. The startup tooling costs is about US$40K, however the component cost is suitably low.

3

Decide on electronic technology

Complete

Mid October 2013

It is necessary to upgrade the electronics because the current prototype has a battery life of under two weeks.
There were two options for the microprocessor/radio technology: upgrade to latest Cypress technology or change to Nordic. There were many pros and cons to each, but In the end, we've decided on Nordic.

4

Internal mechanical design

Ongoing - Essentially
complete

January 2015

The mechanical design is now essentially complete and can easily be converted to a manufacturable product, which will be done in the industrialisation phase.

The right Combimouse part is light and strong. We still need to consult with experts to check whether the part can be made using plastic injection molding. It is likely that minor refinements will be required.

5

Finalise electronics and firmware

Ongoing - Essentially complete

January 2015

We have upgraded the electronics. Battery life for the right Combimouse is now expected to be at least three months (previous prototypes had one week battery life).

Firware (ie. software) is essentially complete. Minor refinements are likely still to be made. There is one minor bug in which menu commands in the Mac Yosemite environment misbehaves.

6

Test and refine prototype. Proof of concept phase.

Ongoing - Essentially complete

October 2015

As of October 2015, Ari is using the prototype full time. There are a number of minor issues but don't prevent using it full time.

The prototype works very well and so the proof of concept phase is now complete with the major design obstacles overcome.

7

Find investor/s who will cover startup costs.

   

 

8

Industrialisation phase

   

Finalise design details suitable for production.

9

RF Emission Testing

 

 

FCC in the US, ETSI in Europe etc.

10

Obtain quotes to tool up and manufacture the Combimouse

 

 


Tentative estimated quotes have already been received.Tooling costs is currently estimated to be about US$110,000. Final quotes will be obtained when the design is complete.

11

Commission tool manufacture

 

 

 

12

Launch Kickstarter campaign

 

 

 

13

First production run

 

 

 

 


 

 

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