Dear Indiegogo Supporters,
Since our last update, we’ve been working like mad to fix bugs, tweak software and calibrate results. We’ve basically shut ourselves off from the world to delve deep into the code and system to understand and tackle the technical challenges we reported on April 4th.
We’ve made meaningful progress on a number of fronts and have increased our workforce by 20%, adding a number of code warriors and mathletes to our team.
Here’s a snapshot of our progress so far.
The tool broke.
UPDATE: The manufacturing tool has been repaired. All the casings are ready at our manufacturing facility in California, and once we give the go ahead, our manufacturer will be able to assemble and ship thousands of units.
Temperature readings were faulty.
UPDATE: The issue with temperature is a combination of hardware and software challenges. We have developed potential solutions and we are in the process of validating them.
Algorithms required too much bandwidth.
UPDATE: We have streamlined our algorithms so that our scans are much easier to complete. We are putting our test protocols on overdrive across the board. In mid-June, we will have our revised SPO2 algorithm clinically recalibrated in a dedicated research lab at a leading center for the study of the effects of hypoxia on humans.
Become an Early Scanadu Scout™ Test Volunteer
We need more data – our silicon is in need of your living carbon!
Our next step is to expand our testing at scale. We are hosting a Scanadu Scanathon at our headquarters at NASA Ames Research Park in Mountain View, CA. This is an exclusive invitation to our Indiegogo backers to participate in the next step of the Scanadu journey. More than 10% of you, our Indiegogo backers, already live in Silicon Valley, but wherever you live in the USA – take a hike, walk, fly, drive, ride and come to us.
Our goal is to collect a larger body of test data that will better calibrate our algorithms and get us closer to delivering your Scanadu Scouts™.
When: The week of June 15, 2014 (test date & time will be sent to confirmed participants) Where: Scanadu HQ at NASA Ames Research Park in Mountain View, CA Time commitment: Actual testing will take less than an hour per person, but participants are invited to stay on to meet fellow backers and the Scanadu team Who is eligible to participate: Indiegogo backers over 18 years old Who will perform the testing: Scanadu’s medical team What you will get: Test the Scanadu Scout™ investigational device, drinks, food, good company, mathletes, astronauts and the Scanadu team What to bring: A valid government-issued ID (preferably a driver’s license) is required to enter the NASA campus What we will be testing: Vital signs How to apply for the Scanadu Scanathon: Please fill out this form
We are making progress and we’re excited to welcome you to Scanadu HQ to participate in some of the additional testing needed before we can ship.
Gratitude and thanks to all of you… Let’s make it so!
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