January 21, 2015
This update is going to be a little bit quick because we have more info coming in a few weeks, but here are the details of what has been going on at Owlet:
1) We finished our 100 unit beta test. Over 40,000 hours of testing!
2) We passed FCC and UL certification testing!
3) We went to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The world is just as excited as you are to see Owlet change the world.
4) Want to get an Owlet Monitor right now? When you first become a parent there are SO many new experiences it can feel like you are stumbling through a forest in the dark. We want to help first time parents on this new journey so we are making a collection of the internet’s best/ tear-jerking/ mind-blowing/ inspiring/ funny/ most helpful blog posts and articles about first time pregnancy and parenthood. What are your favorites? What articles or stories gave you strength when you needed it, understanding when you didn’t have any, or a good laugh when you needed it? What stories or pages have you shared the most with a friend? Each favorite article/story/blog post you send us will enter you in to begin beta testing an Owlet Monitor right now until we ship you your very own final production unit.* All you have to do is reply to this email with your articles. That simple, we will draw 3 winners this weekend so reply now and send us your favorites!
100 Unit Test
Safety is our top priority so along with our Consumer Safety, UL, and FCC testing we are doing our own set of extensive tests. Our 100 unit beta test wrapped up last month, and was very helpful for us to uncover some issues that we had not seen before. We tested with families all over the United States and on a wide range of skin colors (skin pigmentation effects pulse oximetry, the technology we use in our Smart Sock). We realized that our setup process was confusing, so we’re making adjustments to our manual and app instructions. A bigger issue was Sock to Base Station range problems. The Base Station alerts if for some reason it disconnects from the sock. In our testing, parents were being woken up from our alerts because the Base Station could not reach the sock signal from the baby’s room. We think we have a way to solve this problem and are running one last set of in home testing. We feel confident that on the next update we will be able to commit to a shipping timeline! I know the excitement is overwhelming but sit tight, there is light at the end of the tunnel!
Consumer Electronics Show
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas every year it is the largest trade show in the US. We were able to meet with our important partners in manufacturing and supplying components. We also were able to create partnerships with both health and smart home companies. (We can’t talk about them yet but you will be first to know when we can 😉 ) We also had quite a bit of press, Yahoo Tech, IPG Labs, and Yahoo Finance all covered Owlet in the news. The president of the CES convention and his wife came by our booth and were in love with the product! Of all the things we experienced, our favorite was that we got to meet a few dozen of YOU guys. We wish we could meet every one of you in person. Thank you for your constant support and excitement for the product!
Big event means a lot of meetings which requires a lot of people. Here is most of the team at our booth at CES.
photo supplied by www.NY1.com
*If you win, you will be required to give feedback, take surveys, and give additional information about yourself and give the same info required of other beta testers. You will be asked to ship your beta unit back to us when we send you your final production unit.
** Don’t just blast us random articles, come on quality over quantity.
Little known fact, you can get free tickets to CES 2016 if you register before spring.
Throwback to CES 2014 when I got to pitch Owlet to Martha Stewart! (third from the left if you could not tell) Proud to say she loved it. 😉 Man that feels like ages ago. The product, the team, the vision, was totally different from today. For those of you who have been following us since then, thank you so much for your patience.
Well, that is all for this update. We are forever grateful for your support and excited for some big announcements in our next update!
Jordan and Team Owlet.
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