You’re in the home-stretch. (Me too!) Only 4 weeks to go (or, could it be earlier than the due-date?!)! Doctor appointments should be weekly, as you and baby both gear up for labor. While you wait anxiously for the weeks to pass, here’s a suggested Survival Guide to get you through the rest of your pregnancy:
Schedule a Hair Appointment
Trust us; who knows what your schedule will be like once a newborn is here. And, don’t you want to feel extra pretty for all those post-baby photos?
Schedule a Date Night
Schedule one final date night sans baby. You could dine at that restaurant you’ve been dying to try. Go see a movie. Or, go buy baby’s take-home outfit together if you already haven’t purchased something.
We wanted to send a quick update to let you know we are still cranking away on your product. Here are some of the details at a glance:
1) Shipping information
2) We will be presenting at SXSW Impact Pediatric Health Event
3) More Than Just A Gadget– The Owlet Vision
Sorry the update is a few days late! We wanted to wait until we had worked out our shipping timeline before we sent you any updates, so we put off sending this for a few days. We are excited to announce that the first batch of pre-orders are going to go out late this month and the last batch of pre-orders are going out in May! More specific details about shipping are coming in the next week or so. Keep an eye out for that email!Because you are our closest supporters we wanted to let you know that after March we are going to close pre-orders and ship the product on an “invite only” basis. So if you have supported us this far, consider it a big thank you to get the product so early.
South By Southwest (SXSW)
If you are going to be at SXSW this year, be sure to come watch us present at the Impact Pediatric Health Event. Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban, as well as our nation’s top children’s hospitals and partners from TEDMED will be present at the event. This goes in line with our desire at Owlet to make a second version of the Owlet Monitor that is a hospital grade monitor that could potentially save lives. As you know, our current monitor is not a medical device.Meeting with other minds that are passionate about infant health is very exciting! Watch the video below on the Owletvision for the future to learn more.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we here at Owlet are still so thankful for your support. Many of your children have been born and grown too old for Owlet as we have undergone our hardware redesign, but you still see how this product is going to change the world, and support this important movement. I have worked on a lot of projects and companies, but never before have I seen the same devotion that I see at Owlet. We all see how this product will fundamentally change people’s lives and that is inspiring. We are thankful to work on such a world changing product and we are, as always, thankful for your continued support.Ok, so here are the details of what has been going on at Owlet in November:1) We started and completed a 1-week 25 unit beta test of the product. We found quite a few bugs that made for a less than optimal experience for many users. The sock would disconnect from the base station pretty often. We have since fixed that bug.2) We made 100 units and sent them off 3 weeks ago for another beta test. This test should give us a really good idea of what final work adjustments to the product need to be done before we can ship.
3) We sent units to Intertek to get UL and FCC tested and approved. Almost all electronics require this testing. You have probably noticed big FCC and UL logos on your electronic devices. If we pass this test, then we will know there are no more hardware revisions on our product. Which is a very good thing! 🙂
4) We are giving you the opportunity to come up with the melody that the base station will play when the sock disconnects or runs out of battery. Yep, you are getting the opportunity to be immortalized by your musical abilities.
5) My wife and I gave birth to our first child, James. She would not let me name him Bear, so I was pretty sad. (Not even as a middle name!) See a fun timelapse I did of her pregnancy at the end of this post.
Our first beta test of 25 units. Sure made us giddy to see this many units all lined up.
Ashleigh, holding a couple hundred socks and trying to smile. (This photo was taken at two in the morning, with four hours of work left before we could ship out our 100 beta units.)
It takes longer than you think to fill 100 boxes.
Verifying the Base Station and Sock Electronics before shipping them out to our beta test group.
Crowdsourcing the Non-Alert Melody:
Of the thousands of people who are reading this, I imagine that many of you have musical talents. We thought it would be fun to include you in creating the melody for the disconnection alerts. If you would like your name immortalized in Owlet history, then here is your chance. This melody will be played in the non-emergency event of a disconnection. This could mean that the sock was kicked off, your home wifi was turned off, or the sock ran out of battery. On our test units, the beta testers have had to listen to our rendition of the Mario Song, but we are ready to step up our audio game. The task is simply to come up with a lullaby sounding (non alarm/non stressful sounding) melody that will sound good on a piezo buzzer. To hear what a piezo buzzer sounds like, click here. Once you come up with your melody send it to Contact@OwletCare.com in whatever file format you like.
A Little Family Fun:
I wanted to share this little video my wife and I made. It was a lot of fun to go out every Sunday and explore until we found a place to take a picture. I have been a dad for just a few weeks now and as many of you know, it is the most rewarding experience we are blessed with in this life. Where ever you are on your journey of building a family, I hope this video inspires or reminds you to find joy in that journey every step of the way.