Little Printer: testing, building, shipping, publishing… and more

As shipping nears, we continue to throw everything we can at Little Printer, and we’ve discovered an issue which may affect some Bridges after an extended period of use (this is something that hadn’t turned up in functional testing).

So we’re running some targeted soak tests right now to pinpoint the problem, and we may need to flash a software patch onto our Bridges prior to shipping them. There won’t be too much of a delay, though — if we need to do this, it’ll only add an extra couple of days to the schedule.

A snag also showed up with the box build, however, when we discovered that some magnets weren’t staying properly attached to Little Printer’s legs. This necessitated a swap to a slightly different glue, and we deliberately halted things for a few days to ensure that it would work. This, unfortunately, has affected our plans to ship in late November.

We now believe we will be able to fulfil in the first week of December.

We apologise for this second delay, but it is really important that our customers have the best possible experience with Little Printer, from day one. Of course, we’ll keep you updated if there are any more changes.

Otherwise, the box build is going very well.

Little Printer Box Build

In other news, James and Alice have added a bunch more updates to the Remote web-app, where Little Printer owners manage their subscriptions. They’ve made over 100 changes in the last week alone, all aimed at making Remote a better, faster, sleeker, more user-friendly place.

We’ll be announcing some more publications shortly, and we’re really excited that the people at Twitter are working on something for us! They’ve posted some work-in-progress online, and it looks really, really nice. And here’s a sneak preview of couple of others — we think these both show how well picture-based publications can work with Little Printer’s thermal printer mechanism.

Monsters and Birds

Monster of The Week, on the left, is from New York-based illustrator Rob Steen. Rob is probably best known as the artist behind Flanimals, the series of books by Ricky Gervais, and for the Kickstarter-funded children’s book Erf. We’ve seen the whole series, and they look absolutely brilliant! And on the right is a sample from a series called Ridiculous Birds Of New Zealand, which takes an extremely sideways look at the country’s native birds. It’s actually quite disturbing.

Finally, we had Reuters TV come into the office to put together a piece on Little Printer. Here it is!