Electronics and Enclosures in house

Dear Reader,

Quick update: All the hardware to fulfill the Dragon Innovation campaign is in house!  The enclosures actually arrived a week ago, but it’s been extremely busy and I haven’t had time to post.

There’s still a lot of work to do.  This is the high level checklist of the hardware side:

  • Program electronics
  • Calibrate electronics
  • Final assembly
    • Install batteries
    • Install fuses
    • Install electronics in enclosures
  • Package for shipping
    • Pack meters and test leads in to carry cases
    • Pack carry cases in to boxes
  • Fulfillment

The iOS and Android apps also need attention.  So much to do, so little time, so I’m going to stop blogging and get back to your Mooshimeters.


A cubic foot of meters

Enclosures on a pallet

19 Responses to “Electronics and Enclosures in house”

  1. eug October 11, 2014 at 12:10 am #

    Great! When would non-campaign orders ship?

    • James October 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

      This first manufacturing batch covers all campaign and non-campaign pre-orders. Aiming to ship this month.

  2. Beat October 11, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    Thanks again for the great communication!

    Looks like I missed 2 bits in the previous communication. Given your very open and sharing communication, I was under the impression that it was an open-source project. So it comes a bit of a shock to me.

    Will the Android App be open-source at least, so that it’s easy to improve it and contribute back improvements ?

    I love to know what’s really running on my phone, so i very much prefer using an open-source-version of Android and open-source Apps…

    Thanks in advance for your reply, that I hope will be positive. Being able to quickly develop new applications by extending the existing one would really be a key advantage of Mooshimeter.

    (and btw Open-source is not a disadvantage in product adoption. To the contrary. And if you think about it, it hinders competition as long as you actively develop and promote your solution, as you become “The Original” and if they copy, they will not try to understand your code, but re-develop it quick-and-dirty…). Hope you change your mind on open-source in the future ;-) I did on my own web software and it actually increased our sales!

  3. Ken Meyer October 13, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Thanks for the great updates with so many awesome videos! Following the process has been almost as valuable to me as the meter I get in the end!

  4. Eric Anderssen October 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    How are these being delivered? I travel abroad frequently. I can easily put a mail hold for USPS, but not sure how to reliably hold UPS, FedEX, et-al for a given travel period without coordinating with the shipper, or hitting the window between shipment and delivery, i.e. after a tracking number is allocated…

    If USPS is the method, no problems, else some discussion on logistics is required.

    Otherwise, great work! I’d have loved to take it to CERN this time, but don’t want to have it sit on my porch for a week or so…

    • James October 14, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

      Hi Eric,

      They will be delivered by USPS and tracking numbers provided. Thanks!


      • Boyd Barrie October 20, 2014 at 8:50 am #

        When are you expecting to ship the meters ? Where can we get the phone / tablet application once we receive the application?

        • James October 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

          It’s still a few weeks away, sorry I can’t be more precise. This is the first manufacturing run so all the processes are new.

          The apps will be available in their respective app stores (for free).


  5. Thomas October 22, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Great info!

    James, you have us addicted to video and picture updates.

    Please, more info on the final processes and a sneak peak at the application would make us all very happy. (Anticipation is growing)


    • James October 22, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

      Thanks Tom,

      Will try to get an update out this week.


  6. Robert Payne October 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    The text in these blogs, and probably in the rest of your web site, is nearly unreadable because the type is not BLACK, the type size is unnecessarily small and the color is light brown so contrast is impossible. This is an easy fix so please just DO IT. If your amateur web builder gives you any excuses, get another. I volunteer for free!

    Also if you think you need another delay, ship me the parts for the three that I have ordered and I will assemble myself. I have held off buying regular multimeters and more. I need them now!

    • James October 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

      Hi Mr. Payne,

      I’m really sorry the delays have inconvenienced you. Sending you a kit wouldn’t actually help you because the apps are not in the app stores yet, so you’d have hardware and no way to use it. If there’s anything I can do to lessen your inconvenience beyond continuing work to get the meters done, please let me know.

      Regarding website: would you mind sending a screenshot of what you’re seeing to hello at ? I want to make sure we’re looking at the same thing. You’re right that the text in the blog is gray rather than pure black, but subjectively speaking I haven’t had any trouble reading it.


      • eugene October 23, 2014 at 6:09 am #

        The text is reasonably easy to read on my 24″ 1920×1200 monitor, but if I move the window to my 27″ 2560×1440 monitor, it becomes much smaller and more difficult to read. I have no problems reading e.g. wikipedia on the same screen though.

        I don’t mind the small text but can understand what Robert means, if he’s using a higher-res screen.

      • Robert Payne October 23, 2014 at 11:11 am #

        How do I send a screenshot, a .png file?

        • James October 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

          Thanks Robert, I got your screenshot. On my monitor I did not find it hard to read, but I was curious so I pulled up the site on a few other computers. Some of them were a little harder to read than I’d like. I darkened all the text on the site to improve the contrast, there are a couple of different settings but I changed page content from #818181 to #404040. Let me know if it makes a difference for you. Best, James

  7. Robert Payne October 23, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    Google the New York Times – Today’s Paper
    or The Wall Street Journal – Todays Paper
    Google “publishing style manual”
    And look at any publishing style manual and I am sure you will see that Black type on white background is best. Any one over fifty probably wears glasses and has the difficulty that I am describing.

    • Tim October 23, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      Robert, many browsers can magnify text — perhaps this would be a helpful alternative to telling James to “fix” his choice of style? FWIW neither my eyes nor my screen are terribly good, but I can read this text with no difficulty.

  8. Tom October 27, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    Oh Oh….

    The natives are getting restless!

    Need some picture updates STAT!
    (That may calm the tone)


  9. Robert Payne November 2, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    I generally read email on my iPAD MINI or iphone so sizing is touchy and many times not practical to merely expand. The Black/White you used on your ” by James on October 10, 2014 under Uncategorized • 18 Comments” was great. Your photos/time lapse illustrations were great.
    #818181 to #404040 I did not see improvement. Type size and contrast are the most important. It seems that you have large amounts of white space not used? Black/White/Bold and Beautiful is Best.
    FYI My project is a ’67 Porsche 911 EV all electric conversion. 170 VDC Lithium Ion Battery Pack, DC-3Phase inverter, Battery management computer for each of 48 cells, 88 HP 3Phase motor, physical adapter to Porsche transmission, …. Need Mooshimeters ASAP.
    Nov 2, 2014 8:30AM

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