2019

Injection mould, own circuit board, FPGA, fairs, lectures,...

Milling the injection moulds

Milling the injection moulds

Jan. 2019

The starting signal for milling the moulds is given. The frame parts have now reached a status where we don't want to change anything and cirp mills the moulds for it. A moving moment and the "point of no return" to actually want to bring the cube to the market.

Resin test

Resin test

Feb. 2019

We first try to resin the panels into the frame. The advantage would be the protection of the LEDs against splash water, dirt and shocks. Because failed attempts are quite expensive here, this project is put on hold again since then.

Esdens iCEBreaker

Mar. 2019

The board development is progressing. Adrian is building his own DCDC converter which is much more efficient and does not produce so much heat. A microphone and the accelerometer is put on the board. We are also allowed to use the iCEBreaker FPGA from Esden which is still a prototype at that time. This also goes directly onto the board. We develop a battery pack which can be slid into a receptacle on the board and can be exchanged quickly. In addition, we are working towards a developer kit which should not require any soldering work during assembly.

the first injection moulded parts

the first injection moulded parts

Mar. 2019

We get the first injection molded frame parts. Not yet perfect in the fit but this will change in the next weeks.

new website & co

May 2019

The website gets a new look, and we get new business cards. Matze designs posters for future fairs.

Make Munich

Make Munich

Mar. 2019

We exhibit at the Make Munich. The enthusiasm of the people is as always overwhelming. We have many interesting conversations and a lot of buying interest.

2nd serial production and 2nd fail

Jul. 2019

The 2nd small production. The frame parts fit so far and we got lots of them sent to us by Cirp. (I wonder how long it would have taken the 3D printer...) However, the new led panels have capacitors in places where there were no capacitors before and the corners no longer fit into the frames. Once again the milling machine is used and the corner pieces are simply cut out at the corresponding places. Adrian assembles 6 PCBs with approx. 200 SMD components in meticulous, jitter-free manual work and solders them in the reflow oven. Matthias films and cuts a teaser video and shoots great pictures of the cube and the team.

Maker Fair Hannover

Aug. 2019

We exhibit at the MakerFair in Hannover. There we are located in the dark area. Here the cubes unfold their full potential. We are here with our usual fair concept. Hanging one cube from the ceiling, putting another cube on a turntable and playing breakout games with another one. This time already 8 players can play Snake at the same time. Awesome apps using the accelerometer were created, which let the people and of course the cube shine. We resieve the "Maker of Merit" award twice.

CCCamp 2019

Aug. 2019

After the MakerFair we drive directly to the CCCamp in Berlin. An unforgettable week follows. The camp comes to life every night. Everything shines and flashes. The people are (as to be expected at ccc events) incredibly sweet, helpful, nice and totally nerdy. No matter where we turn on the cube it attracts attention. To get to the bar quickly we have to either turn it off or give it to someone else. From the third day on at the latest you hear people saying "Is this the cube, everyone is talking about?"... and all kinds of tweets about the cube can be found. There is also some time to do programing. Hannes writes his first app. It's called Rainbow :)

We also meet Björn.

Introduction Björn

Introduction Björn

Björn has retired from his job as a Linux developer to delve at autonomous driving. He is currently doing a master of applied research in engineering science.

When we meet at the camp he is immediately enthusiastic about the cube, has many ideas and wants to get involved. In the same week he starts to write a microphone driver and will help to improve the software a lot in the future.

vacation

vacation

Sep. 2019

We'll take three weeks off. Like last year we go to the Atlantic Ocean to enjoy our annual holiday. The wine is again very tasty but the wind does not fit. We do not relax as much as we had imagined. Nevertheless a nice and deserved vacation.

Adrian moves to Hamburg

Adrian moves to Hamburg

Oct. 2019

As planned and openly communicated for over a year, Adrian is moving to Hamburg to start a new job and life. From this point on he wants to pull himself out of the project bit by bit.

Founders' Stage

Founders' Stage

Nov. 2019

We take part in the startup competition of the Digital Founder's Center Allgäu. The final takes place in front of a jury and an audience of almost 150 people. The pitch goes 5 minutes and brings us the third place. We also get to know some people from the Allgäu start-up scene and meet many familiar faces.

#36c3

Dez. 2019

At the ccc we have an assembly again this year. We are allowed to join the OiO Area. Here everything is set up very lovingly. We have our place on a boat directly at a main route where many people pass by. When the cube is turned on, there is always a bunch of people around it. We also learn that you can dance really cool with the cube :D and in a tschunk related stress test, that it is really stable. We meet Esden again, who is here with his smaller cube and Greg Davill, who has built an incredible mini cube and a awesome mini polygon thing. We also hold a 20 minute lecture in front of 200-300 people. The feedback is once again extremely positive and makes us happy.