We have been working for nearly 3 years to release Lightrider, with many highs and lows!
After the first year of work we had to switch factories, as they just weren't getting things done to the standard we wanted.
I never realised that factories in China used Agents, so all your instructions go through them first, then onto the factory.
I think this is where the phrase “Chinese Whispers” came from!
Our first USB design was quite basic, and I wasn't happy that there were enough safeguards to protect 3rd party equipment when charging. And to my amazement, this is common with most designs. So I made the difficult decision to start again on the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) design- delaying things a further 6 months.
We employed a superb UK based electronics engineer that based the new PCB design around a microprocessor. This meant we could basically programme Lightrider to do what we like, including a very sophisticated charging system. Also, future changes will be pretty simple.
More on the design process another time.
The thing about getting ready for our first exhibition is we have to do everything for the first time. I keep telling myself that things will get easier!
New website, photos, leaflets, branding, credit card payments.... I could go on.
So, let the games commence.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you... Lightrider!