We proved that a group of people could create a device that rivals the big guys while having fun along the way.
While we got a lot of great feedback, we noticed people started to pick on particular details and how the device could be improved...
That got us thinking
Instead of guessing what people want we actually asked them instead?
That moment changed everything...
We named our new project Pyramid Flipper because unlike the traditional corporate pyramid with management on top and customers at the bottom, our approach placed end users on top and all the corporate bull@$#! at the bottom.
Wth a new direction, we start working on the community with plans to launch it in 2 weeks!
6 months later :)
At first, only a few of the most enthusiastic T1 users joined.
We started brainstorming on the next project!
PROPELLER JOINS OUR CAUSE!
One of the leading design firms in the world based in Stockholm believes in the Eve way and joins our quest. We start working on the industrial design.
#1: FORMING OPINIONS
Choosing a form factor was one of the most important and crucial steps in our project. In the end, the community chose a tablet first, 2-in-1 design.
The screen had to be readable in sunlight without having to max out the brightness, matte was preferred over glossy and the resolution had to be high. Ultimately, an LCD at 2736x1824 pixels won out.
#4: SOMETHING TO WRITE ABOUT
The community wanted a pen. And since we couldn’t guarantee huge quantities to the manufacturer, we had to make sure the panel we chose was already opitimzed for EMR (electro-magnetic resonance).
#5: GETTING TO THE CORE
Performance, battery life and thickness were among the factors the community considered when choosing the right CPU. In the end, 3 configurations were chosen.
#6: DITCHING A DOCK
There was much discussion of what ports to include, USB types, Thunderbolt and the future of connectivity. One thing was certain, just 1 port wasn’t going to be enough. Ultimately, 6 ports were included, making the V the king of ports.
#7: THE MAGIC TOUCH
Should the keyboard tilt? How big should the touchpad be? The community shared the good and bad from their past experiences. The result was a wireless keyboard with alcantra fabric and a super smooth touchpad.
#8: STAYING CONNECTED
Since most WiFi devices operate in the heavily crowded 2.4GHz spectrum, the community opted for the faster WiFi AC with backwards compatibility as well as Bluetooth 4.2.
#9: SPACING OUT
Next up was how much RAM and storage was needed. Conversations about typical usage and how much was actually necessary led to 8 and 16GB options as well as several storage options from 128—512GB.
#10: WEIGHING BATTERY OPTIONS
The community rules that battery life is a top priority, even at the cost of added size and weight.
MICROSOFT & INTEL SUPPORT OUR VISION
Awesome guys at Intel & Microsoft believe in our idea and want to help us out with their partner network and knowledge!
NEW MANUFACTURING PARTNER JUMPS IN!
We’re really happy as now we can start turning all of the community input into reality! We made the down payment and started development of the Pyramid Flipper!
NEW MANUFACTURING PARTNER JUMPS OUT!
We’re slightly less happy when the manufacturer returns our money and tells us that our project is too demanding and that we are crazy.
Please align the ports.
Ok then we’ll remove the ports.
Ok, ok! It can be done.
They’re still not aligned.
No they are.
We measured. Please see below:
Several rounds later...
Great! Now, about the speakers...
On the ride from the airport to the factory in Shenzhen our cab driver briefly nodded off on the motorway. Fortunately he woke back up and got us there in one piece (whew!).
On the same trip, a team member gets Salmonella. Never again will we trust business conference catering!
Underdog loved what we were doing and sent us this video to help us tell our story, create an amazing brand and put together a killer web presence.
When we saw they also liked doing cool stuff and having fun while they’re at it, we realized it was a match made in heaven!
Lots of ‘em! The community receives the prototypes and tests the sh...tests them thoroughly.
Community meetups start happening around the world :)
With more than 100 bugs fixed, development of the V is complete and production begins!
WE GO BIG AT COMPUTEX
The V is featured during the Computex keynote and the press gets an early look at the prototype.
Whew! What a ride!
Glad to see you made it this far! Maybe you’re willing to go a little farther. If you’re not one of us yet, take the plunge, sign up to our community and help us change the way technology is being made.
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