Update #18 from BOWIO: You’ve NEVER Seen A Book Light Like This!

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May 13, 2024 • 2:27PM PDT

Bowio 2.0 Manufacturing Update #2

Hello everyone,

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Hoping all is well with you. Firstly, we want to sincerely apologize for not keeping in touch over the past two months. The time has passed quickly, and in the rush of events, we've found ourselves repeatedly delaying our updates to you, questioning whether we had significant news to share. This period of silence was unintentionally extended as we intensively focused on developing the new Bowio 2.0 production line. This significant endeavor often required us to return to the drawing board to revise some design details, ensuring ease of manufacturing and sustained quality. Our commitment to enhancing our product inadvertently led to our procrastination in communicating with you, for which we are truly sorry.

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We appreciate your patience and understanding, and we are eager to bring you up to speed on all the recent developments with Bowio 2.0. Again, we apologize for the lack of communication and thank you for your continued support.

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The milestones have we reached:

  • Electronics


The sourcing of electronic components is complete. However, the production of the PCBs is still pending as we transition to a fully flexible, bendable board design. This change will not only make the Bowio lighter but also streamline the assembly process by reducing the need for additional workmanship. The new design allows for the pre-assembly of the board and stitching to be done simultaneously, further reducing the amount of workmanship required. We also need to conduct further testing, particularly on how the electronic hardware interacts with the outer leather shell, to ensure the components remain flexible yet robust.

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An engineer is inspecting the flex PCB 's logic side through the service lid of the Bowio.

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  • Leathers

We have successfully acquired all the necessary leather materials for our project, which are currently stored in our producer's warehouse. These materials are ready and waiting to undergo the initial phases of production, specifically the cutting and stitching processes, to transform them into finished products.

A quick glimpse of our genuine leather collection.

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  • Plastic Enclosure

We are currently revising the design of the plastic enclosure parts. The decision to switch from a solid plastic to a silicone-based enclosure aims to enhance flexibility and better coordinate colors with the leather components. This significant change is expected to reduce manual workmanship, decrease defects from hand processing, and speed up the assembly and packaging processes. While the initial setup may take some time, it will greatly simplify future production, increasing our capacity from 1,000 units to 5,000 units per month. Additionally, this modification will enhance the aesthetic appeal and durability of your Bowio 2.0. We are currently awaiting the arrival of the samples, after which we will promptly proceed with a quick pre-production run.

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Laser-cut genuine and PU leather prepared for pre-production sampling.

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  • Interior and Exterior Packaging

The packaging materials and boxes specifically designed for the Bowios have been manufactured and are now safely stored in our warehouse. These packages are tailored to ensure the secure and efficient transport of the products. On the designated shipping day, we will package the freshly manufactured Bowios directly into these prepared boxes. Each unit will be securely enclosed to maintain its pristine condition during transit. Immediately after packing, the Bowios will be dispatched to their respective destinations to ensure timely delivery.

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Bowio kraft cardboard sleeves and boxes.

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  • Unboxing Sneak Peek

These sample images showcase packaging designs for the Bowio. When you receive and unbox your Bowio, the packaging will closely resemble these examples. However, please be aware that there could be minor variations in the layout and design details.

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Beautiful assortment of various Bowios in shades of brown.

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In our next update, we look forward to sharing detailed insights into the enhancements we've made and providing a clearer timeline for when shipping will commence. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that Bowio 2.0 not only meets but exceeds the standards set by its predecessor. Achieving this level of quality might necessitate a bit more time to finalize all aspects of the product meticulously.

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We are keenly aware that any delay, however small, can be an inconvenience, and we want to preemptively express our sincere apologies for any potential wait you might experience. Your understanding and patience are incredibly valuable to us, and they play a crucial role in our ability to deliver a product we are truly proud of. Thank you for your continued support and trust in our commitment to excellence. Your enthusiasm and feedback are integral to our journey, and we are excited to bring you a product that will truly be worth the wait.

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Bowio Team

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