There is never a dull day for the iiNet Labs team. With several new products currently on the go and BoB LiteTM already released, our team has been full of activity making sure our latest offering – BoB2TM – is refined to perfection.
Most of my time lately has been spent on the iiNet Labs factory floor, looking after BoB2TM through the production stages. It’s been a little wild I must admit, but an exciting project to be a part of. When I arrived at the factory in March for the pilot production run, everything seemed on track for the tentative April release date. We had a select few staff ready and waiting to put a small sample run of BoB2TM units through the pilot production line to make sure there were no faults.
During one of these pilot production runs we spotted a small hitch with the handset – a bit of plastic stopping the answering machine light from shining brightly enough – that effectively set us back some weeks. A minor setback, but this small bit of plastic kept me on the factory floor for an extra three weeks, working long hours, to make sure the handset was back on track. This sort of ‘hands on’ attention to detail is why we created iiNet Labs in the first place.
On the bright side, it makes our job easier having caught the faulty piece of plastic during the pre run and not after a thousand dim-lighted handsets had been sent out of the factory. Being the first BoB to include an answering service, we certainly want our customers well aware when they have a message waiting for them. Nevertheless, it required a bit of extra time in finding an alternative bit of plastic and doing the necessary tests to make sure it worked exactly as we wanted it to.
Right now, we’re working towards a June release date for BoB2TM. The modem itself is ready to go (high five anyone?), but the handset needs a little more testing to make sure BoB2TM is the best it can be.
With more testing on the agenda, I’m back in Sydney for the time being to work on some other top secret projects. Any day though I could be on a flight back to the iiNet Labs factory (I’m usually the lucky one who does all the flying, spending more time on a plane than my own lounge room) to give BoB2TM the green light, so keep an eye out for my updates.
Who knows, I could get the call sooner than we expect. Let’s just say I’ve got my bags packed in anticipation to welcome BoB2TM to our growing product suite.