AMIIGO UPDATES

Shipping Update

Hey Folks:

We’re going to finish the last phase of assembly by the end of next week on the medium size charcoal wristbands(indiegogo orders). We’ll then ship them to the warehouse where they will be prepped and shipped out to you!  We will email you when your deivces ship.  This also means that we will finally begin smalls/larges and then begin fulfilling new orders.  Yields are on this batch of about 2500 are proving to be very high, which means we can move quickly.  This news finally has the manufacturing team in good spirits :). Attached is the sizing guide to ensure you’ve got the right size, and no, it is not too late to switch.  

We’ve also got a couple of new updates coming into the apps very soon, with support for more activities, better battery life, and more data! Thanks for the support, patience and feedback! image

New Exercise Tracking Pages, Sleep metrics + Production

First things first - production is still ongoing.  The first shipment of charcoals was shipped to the states, as anticipated, and the next wave of backers will receive their Amiigos next week.  At today’s pace, we’re assembling ~200-250 units per day.  We’re monitoring the fragile assembly process and increasing output as the process stabilizes.  We expect shipments to continue going out weekly until the charcoals are completed. Currently, we’re assembling the medium sized wristbands. Once complete, we’ll move on to the smalls/larges.  We are shipping to both international and stateside backers. 

We’re also adding new, dedicated tracking pages/metrics in the apps for running, cycling and swimming.  This app update also includes enhanced sleep tracking metrics.  For those of you who have devices and are being notified that your amiigo is on its way, ensure that you have the latest version of the app, which we’re updating frequently.  We love hearing feedback from those who have devices, and continue to improve the software and apps, in effort to build the most personalized wearable technology available, enabling users to track ‘their favorite activity’.  Thanks again for the feedback and support, we love hearing from you!


Hey Backers,

Production is underway, and as mentioned previously, the yields are up to ideal levels.  We expect to complete all the charcoals in this production run.  The devices will begin shipping to the states this weekend and we will be sending out email notifications confirming your device is on its way.  Also, for those who do have the devices already, be sure to download the latest apps in the app store and play store.  Thanks!

Hey Folks - 
We’re starting production in this weekend. As you know, two of the technologies we use during our assembly process have a give-and-take relationship. We’ve found the sweet spot and are gearing up for the next push.  We hope to complete the charcoals in this run. The first devices will take roughly 5 days to complete once we begin, at which point we will get them in the mail(the indiegogo orders). Thanks for the support. Have a great weekend!

Hi All

Just updating on recent progress.. In addition to the early bird perks (which stateside backers will receive this week, and backers abroad sometime next week) we were hoping to ship another 1k sets of devices to backers this week. Unfortunately we’re seeing that ~50% of the wristband accelerometers show symptoms of ‘stiction’(wikipedia breaks it down nicely). This is an elusive problem that only manifests itself under certain circumstances, making it difficult to find. We’ve made a few changes from the last production run, and have another small batch of Amiigos headed our way this week. We expect to have test results to share with you late this weekend. We’ll continue to work around the clock in an attempt to get your perks out as soon as possible. Thank you all for cheering us on and for continuing to support the vision of a full body, multi-device tracking system!

Can Amiigo Track My ______ ?

We’ve loved all the questions lately, regarding exactly what Amiigo can track. We’ve had folks ask about nearly everything - from Horseback Riding to Badminton to Water Hockey. 

The Amiigo system is the first to classify complex activities. As many might remember, a few months back we decided to open up system and let YOU choose what Amiigo tracks….

In “workout” mode, Amiigo will track a wide variety of resistance and cardio activities. You do not need to ‘upload an activity’ in order for it to be tracked, as long as it is repetitious and continuous.. Amiigo will find all activity regions and their reps, duration, form, consistency, speed and calories. 

However, if you do choose to upload activities beforehand, Amiigo will also attempt to name each activity region and of course, track the details. See the image below, which shows what you might expect to see in the app if you perform an activity that has been ‘uploaded’ prior to the workout, and what you’ll see if you perform an activity that was not ‘uploaded’. 

Samples of the activities that Amiigo tracks are:

Kettle Bell Swings
Standing Shoulder Press 
Deadlifts 
Squats 
Shoulder Shrugs
Calf Raises
Shoulder raises 
Dumbbell straight arm pullover 
Dumbbell Hammer Curls 
Dumbbell sumo squat 
Dumbbell flies 
Dumbbell front squat 
Dumbbell overhead press 
Dumbbell curls 
Crunches
Bench press 
Bent over dumbbell rows 
Hamstring curls 
Hanging knee raises 
Jumping jacks 
Lat pulldown 
Leg press 
Military press 

Jogging 
Cycling 
Elliptical 
Treadmill 
Stair Stepper

..the list goes on.

Most resistance machines work very well with Amiigo too, because the way you perform the activity is often fluid and repeatable. In order to successfully upload an activity, you must complete 15+ “clean” reps or 30 seconds worth of movement for cardio based activities. The more you teach Amiigo, the smarter it becomes. The list of activities that Amiigo supports is growing by the day - thanks to the users we have now and their feedback. We can’t wait to see where we can take this with your help. We’ll leave it to you to find the limits, and we’ll do our best to overcome them.

Now its our turn.. what will you use Amiigo to track?

The first Amiigos are here in the California. We plan to get the devices in the mail next week. The first batch will ship to the early birds from the indiegogo campaign. Expect an email notifying you that your device is on its way if you are part of this group. We’re going to continue production overseas next week and will do everything we can to get the remaining Amiigos out as quickly as possible.

As you know, Amiigo can be used to track a wide variety of activities, including a lot of exercises often performed in the gym, spanning from machines to free weights. To shed more light on what Amiigo can track, we will post a ‘reference’ list of supported activities in the next few days. We’ll be back soon with more. Thanks!

Hey All- The much anticipated build is nearly complete and the wristbands will begin shipping out of Asia tonight. Once received in California, we will pair the wristbands with a shoe clip & charger and prepare them for their final destinations. We plan to ship first units to the ‘early birds’ and then continue through all the remaining backers from indiegogo as efficiently as possible… We can’t wait to get these devices out into the wild. We’re so excited to get your feedback and are thrilled to have come so far… thank you all for your support. We are committed to pioneering the first multi-device tracking experience and can’t wait to begin sharing it with you!

A Few FAQ’s and More on the Manufacturing Front:

Some of the top questions we’re seeing come in are:


When can I pre-order?

Those who have reserved their spot in line at amiigo.com will get invites shortly after the first early birds ship(see below for a more specific timeframe).


What phones are compatible with Amiigo?

iPhone 4s, 5, 5s and newer iPads and iPods.  Regarding Android support - the phones/tablets we’re testing on and seeing reliable connectivity with are: Nexus 5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Note III, Note II, Galaxy Note 10.1 (tablet), HTC One, Moto-X many other Motorola Droid phones.  We’re continuing to see more support from the handset manufacturers, and will continue to provide insight on any other phones with stable BLE support, which we anticipate to be the majority of Android phones with 4.3 that are BLE compatible.  


Will you have an open API / SDK?

Yes, we plan to release our SDK for Linux geeks shortly after launch. iOS and Android SDKs will follow. We will also make our API available to developers in the spring and begin integration with a few health and fitness related apps.


What do I do if I changed my address or  haven’t selected my size{indiegogo backers}?

We’ll be sending out an email reminding those who have not viewed their order info to review it and make any needed changes.  For those of you who need to update your info or would like to review your order now, please go here: https://amiigo.com/ordering/retrieve_order/.  


We’ve spent the last couple weeks living with the first Amiigos, focused on QA. In particular, we’ve been monitoring the data quality in all of our sensors. Our software requires a high level of precision from the sensors in both devices and in a recent trial we noticed an issue in the data generated by many of the accelerometers in the shoe clips.. It was a minor issue that has now been resolved.  We’ll be in Asia through next week to assist the assembly team in testing  the early bird devices as they come off the tools before shipping.  We’ll then begin shipping the ‘early birds’… finally!  We expect to begin shipping the ‘early bird’ devices in 2 weeks and will begin shipping the remaining units at the end of the month.  When the early birds ship, we will open up orders for the 2nd batch.  We’ll be posting another update while overseas.  Stay tuned and thanks again!

 







Manufacturing Update: Attached are some photos of the recent molding trials in all 3 sizes, some ready-to-ship shoe clips and a lot of chargers.. We’ve spent the last ten days making a few tooling changes. The changes have enabled us to further reduce the crushing issue(discussed a few updates ago) resulting from the heat and pressure from the overmolding. Additionally, we made a change that locks the electronics housing in-position during overmolding. This translates to a much higher yield and fewer cosmetic imperfections. So far, the changes have paid off and we’re able to take units completely through the manufacturing process with no functional issues and very few cosmetic issues. We’re going to sample the tools again tomorrow in an effort to eliminate any of the remaining cosmetic imperfections and reduce percentage of units that fail our tests after the overmolding. As a side note, you’ll notice we added the amiigo logo to the shoe clips and wristbands as an indicator for proper placement on the charging pad. If you can see and “read” the amiigo logo, and the device is placed in the center of the charging plate, it is in the most efficient charging position. We’re seeing a charging time of roughly 60 minutes in the shoe clips and 90 minutes in the wristbands. When a device begins charging, the charger beeps once and the green light turns blue. When it’s done charging, you will hear another beep and the blue light will change to green. You can also see the charging progress in the DEVICE SETTINGS page of the app. If the device is placed in the wrong position, the light will change from green to blue repeatedly and will beep every 5 seconds until the device is placed in the proper position or taken off the charging pad.What to expect: This next week we will continue to run tests on the devices and sample the tools again tomorrow and Thursday. As you know, the Amiigo experience is driven by software, which depends heavily on good data coming from the units, so we’ll be checking signal quality coming from each of the sample devices. As for the apps, we will be submitting the iOS app to the App store in about 10 days. Once approved, we will begin shipping units in order of priority. For those who are on the list for next batch of devices, we will begin sending out emails containing acceptance codes about the same time we submit the app to the app store.. Thanks again for your support through this process. We’re extremely grateful for your patience. We will be back with more on the HW and apps next week. Thanks again!

Manufacturing Update: Attached are some photos of the recent molding trials in all 3 sizes, some ready-to-ship shoe clips and a lot of chargers.. We’ve spent the last ten days making a few tooling changes. The changes have enabled us to further reduce the crushing issue(discussed a few updates ago) resulting from the heat and pressure from the overmolding. Additionally, we made a change that locks the electronics housing in-position during overmolding. This translates to a much higher yield and fewer cosmetic imperfections. So far, the changes have paid off and we’re able to take units completely through the manufacturing process with no functional issues and very few cosmetic issues. We’re going to sample the tools again tomorrow in an effort to eliminate any of the remaining cosmetic imperfections and reduce percentage of units that fail our tests after the overmolding. 

As a side note, you’ll notice we added the amiigo logo to the shoe clips and wristbands as an indicator for proper placement on the charging pad. If you can see and “read” the amiigo logo, and the device is placed in the center of the charging plate, it is in the most efficient charging position. We’re seeing a charging time of roughly 60 minutes in the shoe clips and 90 minutes in the wristbands. When a device begins charging, the charger beeps once and the green light turns blue. When it’s done charging, you will hear another beep and the blue light will change to green. You can also see the charging progress in the DEVICE SETTINGS page of the app. If the device is placed in the wrong position, the light will change from green to blue repeatedly and will beep every 5 seconds until the device is placed in the proper position or taken off the charging pad.

What to expect: This next week we will continue to run tests on the devices and sample the tools again tomorrow and Thursday. As you know, the Amiigo experience is driven by software, which depends heavily on good data coming from the units, so we’ll be checking signal quality coming from each of the sample devices. As for the apps, we will be submitting the iOS app to the App store in about 10 days. Once approved, we will begin shipping units in order of priority. For those who are on the list for next batch of devices, we will begin sending out emails containing acceptance codes about the same time we submit the app to the app store.. Thanks again for your support through this process. We’re extremely grateful for your patience. We will be back with more on the HW and apps next week. Thanks again!

Attached is a short video showcasing Amiigo’s activity recognition feature. Using our multi-device framework you can teach Amiigo to track almost any repetitious activity. In order to have an activity automatically tracked, first you must upload the activity by simply naming the activity and providing a brief description for that activity and then perform the activity (as best you can) until the green progress bar fills up. You’ll need to be wearing both the wristband and shoe clip whenever you want to use the activity recognition feature. It’s important that when you initially upload the activity, you wear the devices similarly to how you will be wearing them during future performances, so be sure to pick a wrist/foot and stick with them! We recommend wearing them on your dominant side.

Activity recognition lets you track the details of your workouts. This feature gives you feedback for reps, sets, consistency, form, speed and calories for each activity. In the video you can see how easy it is to set up. After you upload an activity (or 10!) and you are ready to workout, simply press BEGIN WORKOUT and you’re off to the races. Once an activity is successfully uploaded, it is stored in your profile and you’ll never need upload it again. And if you need to leave your phone behind, no worries, Amiigo devices will store the data locally until you regain connectivity with your iOS or Android device. However, when possible, keep your phone within range to avoid longer-than-normal sync times.

As you may recall from previous updates, the wristband overmolding has been a doozy. However, the tooling team has been hard at work over the past ten days implementing the proposed alterations(as discussed a couple updates ago). This weekend we are going to do another round of mold trials to validate those changes. We hope to have nailed down the process completely by Monday at which point we’ll begin overmolding the carriages that contain the wristband electronics. As far as shoe clips go, the tools are done, production parts are molded and all final assembly processes pinned down… Just waiting on the wristbands. We’ll be back before Tuesday night with an update on the hardware and more definitive production schedule. We couldn’t ask for more patient and supportive backers to stand behind us as we build the most powerful health and fitness tracking system. Thank you!

Amiigo 2nd Look: 

Attached is another video of the Amiigo App on the Samsung S4 and iPhone 5. You’ll see how we display the pulse tracking functionality on both the steps and sleep tracking pages, and on its own dedicated page. As you know, Amiigo tracks resting heart rate 24/7. The slim design of the wristband makes Amiigo comfortable to wear all day and night, and is one of, if not the smallest wristband available that tracks pulse. We’ll be back next week with more on exercise tracking and manufacturing per the schedule outlined in the last update. Thanks again for all your support! Feel free to contact us at hi@amiigo.co.

Manufacturing Update:

We’ve spent the last week on deck with the assembly and injection molding teams overseas, and we’re back with the latest info on your perks and how close they are to being complete. As many familiar with the industry know, wearables are extremely difficult to manufacture.. Amiigo is a 2 piece system, further magnifying the challenges of manufacturing, but also enhancing the capabilities and enabling a truly complete tracking experience. We know we’ve projected completion ‘in the next several weeks’ before. We realize how much patience has been required to pave this new road in wearable technology, and we are truly thankful for how supportive everyone has been. 

Now, the low down on the manufacturing process, and the cause for the recent hold up. The shoe pods are dialed in. The chargers are ready to ship. The bottleneck is in the wristband overmolding. Here’s the skinny on what tweaks are being made and why they’re necessary:

The first of two small changes needed was a reinforced electronics housing box. The electronics housing, in many cases, could not withstand the pressure and heat of the injection. This was severely damaging the electronics in many of the units. However, in the last week, we found a viable solution that also equates to impressive durability. Now, the housing is much stronger and can withstand both the heat and pressure of the injection.. See the attached photo of an Amiigo underneath the tire of a car.. - it still works  Challenge one of two has been overcome. 

The second issue that was damaging many units was also a result of the injection pressure.. The pressure caused the electronics housing to shift slightly during the overmold. This caused the injected materials to distribute unevenly, resulting in aesthetic and structural failures. Attached is a photo of what happens when the housing ‘shifts’. The good news is all that is needed is a small feature that locks the housing in place while in the tool. We know what needs to happen and will make the change as quickly as possible. As many are aware, it is the beginning of Chinese New Year, and virtually no factories in China are operational until after the first week of February. Upon return from their Holiday, the tooling team will make the two modifications and we’ll start running the tools again. 

Thanks again for all of your support. We’ll continue to post weekly updates. The next update will include more info on the mobile apps and how Amiigo tracks pulse. For those that have any specific questions, contact us directly at hi@amiigo.co.

(note that the photos are of manufacturing test units and the color and textures are for testing purposes only)

1 Device Down and 1 to Go:

As you can see in the attached photo, we’ve got production shoe pods in hand!  We’ve finally buttoned down the manufacturing and assembly processes!  PCB and PCBA are well underway. We have begun shipping batches of electronics overseas for final assembly, as discussed in the previous updates, and will continue to do so for the next several weeks.  As you know, Amiigo’s complete tracking experience and unique capabilities are possible because the wristband and the shoe pod work together, 5 sensors across 2 devices.  We are still making some tweaks to the manufacturing process for the wristband(as we anticipated), more specifically, the sensor carriage.  With one or two more minor alterations, we will be ready to assemble the wristbands and complete the process.  In the next few days,  we will post more info on how these two devices work together and how uploading your own exercise works.  We will also post another video on how we track pulse. Thanks again for your support and feel free to email us directly with any questions.  Stay tuned!

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Amiigo Quick Look:

Attached is a high level overview of the Amiigo app. You’ll see how we display sleep and steps tracking, and a short demo of how a workout is displayed in the app. What makes Amiigo so unique is full body tracking - 2 devices working together to capture every minute of your day. We recently refreshed our web site and will continue to post updates there. Thanks for all your support! As always, feel free to contact us at hi@amiigo.co!