karoo timline product


Product Development Timeline


  • Throughout 2018:
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  • April/May, 2018
    • Shipping of product begins to customers who pre-ordered after mid-September of '17
  • February, 2018
    • Final government certifications awarded
    • Large numbers of Karoo units released to majority of pre-order customers
    • Two-week production halt for Chinese New Year (Feb 5-19)
    • Production and distribution resumes
  • January, 2018
    • Production stable and ongoing
    • Staging of worldwide distribution
    • Ongoing government certification paperwork
  • December, 2017
    • Ramping up production
    • Staging of worldwide distribution
    • Ongoing government certification paperwork
  • November, 2017
    • Beginning of assembly
    • First production units submitted for government product certifications
    • Caracal feedback program initiates with demo units
  • October, 2017
    • Screen assembly validation
    • Slight tooling revisions for fit and function
    • Final validations of revised antenna
    • Pre-certification of revised antenna
    • Receiving parts for assembly
    • Electronics manufacturing staging
    • Plastics manufacturing staging
    • Validating final assembly processes
    • Vendor delays between handoff of parts / production rescheduling
    • Final certifications of product
  • September, 2017
    • Revision of charge circuitry for battery life
    • Revision of connectors for reliability
    • Packaging revisions
    • Battery certifications for shipping
    • Antenna revision finalizations
    • Order of second batch of screens
    • Manufacturing of final plastics tools
  • August, 2017
    • Allocating majority of materials and parts for production
    • Completed plastics tooling designs
    • More software focus groups
    • More software refinement and QA
    • Final testing and validation of production model
    • Bracket foot redesign
    • First packaging samples
    • Battery orders
  • July, 2017
    • Design changes rolled into housing and electronics design
    • 900 pages of technical documentation compiled at this point
    • Screen parameters
    • Software and UI refinement
    • Materials finalization
    • Negotiating supply chain contracts
    • Negotiating international logistics provider contracts
    • Decision to implement totally new antenna design / production rescheduling
  • January - June, 2017
    • Pre-orders begin
    • Even more design constraint study
    • Even more competitive analysis
    • Even more focus groups (software)
    • Mechanical design (virtually redesigning unit for mass production feasibility)
    • Prototyping
    • Preliminary Engineering
    • Electronics testing
    • Materials testing
    • Factory vetting and negotiations
  • July - December, 2016
    • Initial electronics bring-up and validation
    • Initial Electronics testing
    • Electronics - Development boards manufactured
    • Electronics dev board design completion
    • Industrial Design
    • Refinement of design constraints
    • Button layout
    • Screen dimensions
    • Weight goals
    • Software team relocates from Chennai to larger facility in Bangalore
  • January - June, 2016
    • Competitive analysis (hardware and software)
    • Benchmarking
    • Teardowns
    • Spin Classes!
    • Rob Martinez - head of hardware - moves from San Francisco to Shenzhen to survey scene and lay groundwork for production.
  • July - December 2015
    • Setting technical and design goals
    • Initial focus groups
    • Conceptualization of shape, screen, and other design elements
  • January - June 2015
    • Taking Stock
    • Compile lessons learned from H1
    • Surveying the market’s landscape