The interest this project grown far beyond anything we ever imagined.
When we started out we had a few ideas about what we wanted to achieve. We are pleased we’ve got over our own ‘line’, and are now able to ramp things up & make the technology available to everyone else.
In the process, we’ve been asked a thousand questions concerning ‘when’ and ‘how much?’
So here goes.
During 2009, we spent a lot of time (and money) researching and developing various design ideas. Where we are today is a long way down the track from the original classic pixels first released in 2005. Our goal in 2009 was to find an affordable, reliable RGB node, suitable for large scale deployments. Getting a working design is only part of the challenge. We’ve looked at various production options as well.
The difference in build quality between factories is significant! Component choice is also important: inferior parts will run for a few days or weeks, then completely or partially fail.
Sometimes cheap parts come at a very high overall price.
Our testing will continue on some new products this year as well, but the new nodes that we have now, are performing well.
We’ve now invested a significant amount time and money ensuring our nodes will be reliable. R&D is like that – lots and lots of sunk costs, destructive field testing, and often very little apparent result.
The nature of the Internet (and hardware hackers in general) almost certainly guarantees that someone else will find and start to sell an apparently similar product. There’s not much we can do to stop that. And frankly, we’re not interested in trying.
Competing solely on price only leads to disappointment and frustration for all parties, and it’s not a game we’re interested in playing.
Know also that components which appear identical on a computer screen may behave in a radically different way in real life.
What we will offer – on absolutely everything that leaves the shop – is a 100% money-back, no-questions-asked, we’ll-be-devastated-if-your-system-doesn’t-run-perfectly guarantee of support and service. Each system will ship with a hearty helping of peace of mind.
That’s the value we’re adding to the process, and we think it’s significant.
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We have got a number of other products now ready for release in 2010. We’ve thought long and hard about how to proceed. Our goal is to offer something useful to both the ‘DIY’ crowd and those seeking a complete turnkey solution.
Led Wall Washers and Tubes
We have some very bright tubes and wall washers that we have almost finished testing. More details will be released as they become available.
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Questions? Comments? Want to reserve your bits right now? Send a quick email to ‘john AT response-box.com.’ We’d love to hear from you.
JEC & mrpackethead