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    Hello everyone!

    Hope you’re all enjoying the spring sunshine! Last time we talked we had just finished the final phase of development (EVT) and were getting ready to move into the fun part: manufacturing!

    Working closely with our manufacturing partner Sky Light, we worked around the clock to make a batch of 170 sample Angee devices. The production was done using the same metal, plastic, and silicone pieces that we will use to make the final product, and now that the batch is finished we have all the molds needed for mass production (28 pieces in total).

    Though it’s months away, here at Angee it feels more like Christmas, because the new samples from our batch just arrived from China!

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    This is our largest sample batch to date, and gets us significantly closer to having a production line that’s ready for mass production! Big thanks to our CTO Rosta for going to China to oversee the process, and for snapping these pics!

    Camera PCBA waiting for device assembly

    Camera PCBA waiting for device assembly

     Assembling our unique fresnel lens (a necessary component for proper motion detection)

    Assembling our unique fresnel lens (a necessary component for proper motion detection)

    WiFi + Bluetooth antenna assembly

    WiFi + Bluetooth antenna assembly

    We love our crew!

    We love our crew!

    The samples are currently being put through several scores of tests to make them ready for certifications and final fine-tuning. Testing should finish in the next couple of weeks, at which time we will fine-tune our design based on testing results and build another sample batch of 140 units.

    There are two major milestones about our next sample batch. First, we should be done fine-tuning hardware, so the next sample batch will be identical to the final units that will be sent to your homes. Second, some of the units from the next batch will be used for Beta Testing!

    We can’t wait get Angee in the hands of testers to help us fine-tune our software and user experience. It brings us ever closer to creating an amazing system which will help secure homes all over the world!

    That’s all from me for now. Talk to you soon!

    Best,

    Tomas and the Angee Team

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    Angee partners with Audio Analytic to bring Artificial Audio Intelligence to the world’s first autonomous Home Security system

    1AngeePromoSince its successful campaign on Kickstarter, Angee has been developing an automated, cloud-based Home Security solution which will be introduced to the US market in early 2017. The innovative system is the first of its kind, providing reliable, automated home security without requiring constant human attention and operation.

    Audio Analytic has pioneered the development and commercialisation of intelligent sound recognition using advanced machine learning. Audio Analytic’s ai3™ software can be embedded in Smart Home devices, enabling them to recognise a range of sounds within the home and take automated action. All sound recognition is conducted on device with no requirement to stream audio to the cloud, ensuring user privacy, security and peace of mind.

    Thanks to this partnership, Angee will have ai3™ inside, enabling the system to recognise and respond to a range of significant noises in the Smart Home including the sounds of a window breaking and a smoke alarm at the time of the release.  Software updates will enable new ai3™ sound profiles and features to be continually added to Angee after its release.

    Angee CEO Tomas Turek said “We’re thrilled to announce this partnership with Audio Analytic. Their Artificial Audio Intelligence will enhance Angee’s already robust monitoring and threat detection capabilities by allowing the system to understand the context of audio events and take the appropriate automated action to protect our customers and their homes.”

    Audio Analytic CEO and founder, Chris Mitchell said, “Angee did exceptionally well on Kickstarter because it has a unique customer proposition that resonates with end-users. People are looking for devices that open up compelling new ways to live smarter, but without the need for their constant observation and interaction.  By incorporating our ai3™ platform, Angee is among the first companies to live up to the true promise of the Smart Home – a home where devices understand their environment and take appropriate automated action without the need for continuous human interaction and control.”

     

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    New Year’s Update

    Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Tomas here to fill you in on what we’ve been up to the last while. As you can imagine there’s a bunch to report, so let’s get to it!

    We have made tremendous strides since beginning collaboration with our manufacturing partner Sky Light Imaging. Together we really made our product better in some areas that we deemed important (like the 360° rotation, range of the Security Tags, audio design, camera sensitivity in low light, and many others) where the expertise of our world-class manufacturing partner, and also of the other experts we involved, really showed up.

    These solutions improved the quality of the product while also making it easier to manufacture.We have also completed the final phase of development: Engineering Verification Test (EVT). During EVT we put pre-production samples through a battery of tests to make sure that all the parts of the different systems perform together properly. Though this phase is notoriously tricky and can often add unexpected delays, I’m pleased to report that we’ve completed this phase on schedule and are ready to jump straight into the manufacturing process.

    Of course we have no intention of slowing down — quite the opposite in fact. There are some important tasks to check before the product is ready for production, and we are going into the depths of our software and hardware designs to ensure the use of the product is elegant and intuitive. We have also made significant progress with our cloud system, which is controlling the entire solution and empowering its smart features. We can’t wait to get it into your hands soon!

    With that in mind, let’s get back to it! Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2017.

    Best,

    Tomas

    First batch of boards, all prepared for being flashed and tested

    First batch of boards, all prepared for being flashed and tested

    Some more boards – ready to be mounted into the mechanical mock-ups

    Some more boards – ready to be mounted into the mechanical mock-ups

    Nice little panels with Security Tags – flashed with firmware and ready to be tested and used

    Nice little panels with Security Tags – flashed with firmware and ready to be tested and used

    Each Angee contains 6 PIRs (motion sensors) held on a FPCB stripe. Here is a batch ready for testing.

    Each Angee contains 6 PIRs (motion sensors) held on a FPCB stripe. Here is a batch ready for testing.

    Final pre-production samples!

    Final pre-production samples!

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    We’ve Partnered With Sky Light!

    Hi everyone!

    Tomas checking in from Hong Kong with some terrific news! I’m ecstatic to announce that we’ve begun collaboration with Sky Light Holdings Ltd. (SKL, HKSE code 3882) to bring Angee to the market!

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    A recipient of the 2015 Hong Kong Upgrading and Transformation Award, Sky Light specializes in Digital Imaging, Smart Wireless Connectivity and the Internet of Things R&D and manufacturing. With several factories and R&D centers across China, Sky Light is leading manufacturer of digital camera solutions for many famous and world-class brands.

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    We’re proud to be able to leverage expertise and resources of such a renown and capable partner to support our mission. And we can’t wait to show you the final product.

    We’re working around the clock with Sky Light so I’m going to sign off for now, but we’ll have more details soon so stay tuned!

    Best,

    Tomas and the Angee Team

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    Project Update

    Hello everyone! I’m very sorry for the delay between updates, we’ve been working nonstopsince I last wrote. As you can imagine, there’s a bunch to report!

    We’ve made some great strides with the Angee beta system in the office, which has live streaming with almost zero delay, knows who is there, and can be controlled remotely! Check out the demo video I took below:

    We’ve also got our final version of the security tags protecting our office! These are great for my sanity – they allow the system to arm and disarm itself automatically, and to identify who comes and goes. I used to get alerts anytime the door was opened, now it’s only if the system can’t recognize the person opening the door. But no need to worry if you’d prefer to get notified! You can choose to get an alert anytime the door is opened to always know who is home. Angee is completely customizable!

    Security Tag

    Security Tag

    And we’ve been making some great connections! I mentioned we were accepted into the Plug and Play IoT accelerator, the program just finished and I’m glad to say we met a bunch of cool startups and potential partners. The program culminated with a big demo day, check out Max spreading the good word here:

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    On the manufacturing side, we are really, really close to signing our manufacturing partner. The selection process has been incredibly time-intensive and complex, but the hard work has paid off as we’re entering our final phase of negotiation. I’ll tell you more about it in the next update, so stay tuned for an exciting announcement :)

    Lastly, we’re getting ready to releasing our mobile app! This will one day be the main app that you use to always know what’s happening in your home, and you guys will be the first to get a chance to check it out. It’s still in beta, so we are eager to get it into your hands so you can tell us how to make it even more useful!

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    I’ll write again soon. Until then, enjoy the sunshine!

    Tomas and the Angee Team

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