Hope you guys are doing great, ensuring full safety of yourselves and your loved ones amidst the pandemic.
The past month has been busy for our team, collaborating with our new manufacturing and supply partners in India and putting the work into development.
From our Hardware Team
In our previous update, we shared the first prototype of the visual indicators on the board’s top surface. We wanted to adopt a design approach that would accommodate the lights in a way that wouldn’t interfere with the original aesthetics of the board.
After a series of revisions and improvisations that included the addition of a graphic layer, we seamlessly integrated the lights to the original design of the board. The best part, even in the switched-off state, the LEDs won’t mar the elegance of the board!
We will include an option for the user in the App to turn off these LED lights during the game if they feel like.
We have also imparted a black shade to the middle PET layer so that the diffusion of the light is restricted to the die-cut area and it has turned out well.
Why are we adding new features?
After we shared some data on the inclusion of new features in our board in the last updates, many of you asked us the reason for it. As you are aware, most of this year has been consumed by the Covid pandemic. We were held up too - first owing to the travel restrictions and then the Indo-China political tension and our R&D team couldn’t fly to China to personally supervise things there. So we decided to utilise this time to make the product better. Hence, we implemented some new beneficial features on the hardware as well App front to elevate the gameplay & learning experience. As the restrictions are now gradually easing out, we will be focusing completely on the manufacturing front in the coming months to deliver these amazing products at your doorstep as soon as possible.
In our last update, we apprised you of sourcing our manufacturing partners within India owing to the ensuing political tension between China and India.
To speed up the production, we have been aggressively coordinating with them and setting things in motion. We procured custom samples from the Indian manufacturers and observed that the moulding process would cause slight deformations to the outer plastic shell due to the shape and size. So to avoid them and boost the strength of the shell, we were advised to add ribs to them.
To incorporate this, our development team has made slight structural changes in the internal design by adding a ring at the base along with ribs on the inside.
Furthermore, a provision has been made to lock the mechanism with a shipping lock screw to establish greater security of the product during shipping.
When will the boards be delivered?
The outbreak of the global pandemic led to an unusual and unprecedented shift in the delivery timelines for us. Even as the conditions continue to throw upon new challenges our way, we are putting our best foot forward to ensure the delivery of the boards to you at the earliest.
We regret the disappointment this has caused. Your constant support and trust in us inspires us to combat this crisis resolutely. We are positive on getting clarity on the timelines by November end and will commit the final delivery period very soon.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Be safe and keep the positivity alive!
Team Square Off