We've been quiet the last few months, but we've also been busy.
We've just finished our first manufacturing run of DiceCAM's, and there are box-loads of the little critters heading to our warehouse. The process has involved an unbelievable amount of coordination between a whole lot of parties, and I've been amazed at how helpful some of these (former) strangers have been.
So, what's next? In the next little while we'll be testing our drivers and software on the actual production units, creating a site where you can order the DiceCAM's, writing up the docs for our software development kit (SDK), and maybe catching up on some sleep.
A project like this
is a great opportunity for learning.Like today, for instance, I learned about some of the hardwoods of the
world, and got to do a lot of research on paulownia wood.
The paulownia is
sometimes called "Princess Tree", because the tree was named after a
Russian princess who later became Queen Anna Pavlovna of the Netherlands.It is very light but quite strong, with one of
the highest strength to weight ratios for any wood.It's as strong as Western Red Cedar, but
I am really happy with the most recent prototype. It's got a good size, the physical layout works, and the off-the-shelf webcam is giving good enough images to verify that our dice detecting software is working.
Next steps are to get the manufacturing diagrams drawn up in CAD, and get it off to the factory..... Continue reading...