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Greetings Nemlog (Ample)
Greetings Japanese Nem Community (and the rest also if you are here)!
We are really humbled by your activity and initiative. Very happy to join you! Please follow us on nemgraph for our photo updates also. Our handle is the same "Ample".
Below is our latest community update from the old forum:
Ample Development Report
It’s been over three months since we received the investment from NemVC and we’ve been getting a lot done. My wife actually gave birth to twins the same week we received the investment so it’s been a pretty intense few months for me but I’m very happy with how our team/teams have been working together and with the progress made. Much respect to Hank, our CTO, for getting everything working together. As you will see, it’s a somewhat complex project. At any one time we could have up to ten people in 3-5 different teams working.
Let the first community update commence!
We finalized the design for our latest and hopefully “final” prototype and it is already being produced at the factory. We are producing 100 units for our pre-pilot testing and algorithm training. Once we are satisfied that everything is working as expected we will be manufacturing potentially up to 1000 units to cover both of our pilot programs. We will share some pictures when they arrive and the housing is complete.
The basic version of the mobile app is complete. You can install the APK 2 and play around with it if you like (login: firstname.lastname@example.org; catapult). The data is all fake and awaiting real data after the hardware integration. The next step is to add specific behavior-changing user journeys over the top of it. We have done some preliminary work on this but are waiting to get a bit more data from our pre-pilot to invest much time into it.
We were very grateful to entertain our behavioral psychology partner, Ting Jiang, in Shanghai last month. We had an intense few days session where we did a bit of a behavioral autopsy of our whole system and found a lot of flaws as well as ideas on how to improve. One example of these flaws is the leader-board in our app. We will scrap that in later editions. The next phase of the app development, apart from the hardware integration, is to implement a number of specific behavior changing strategies. You will see what I mean hopefully in the next update.
I know this is the part everyone wants to see but I will be honest and say that we have only outlined the blockchain component of our system. We wanted to get the other parts all clearly defined before starting work on this. This strategy also allowed more time for catapult to be built out. Building the blockchain component is now one of our top priorities. You will see it in the next update.
This is one of the more important parts of our system, but it required the hardware to be completed as a prerequisite. Our machine learning specialist, Abid, has been using the time to research and get some algorithms prepared. Hopefully, we will receive the devices in the next 14 days and also solve a networking issue that we are having in that time. Then we can begin the real fun of training our algo’s to recognize the different devices and circumstances in the home.
We entered one of the more important pitch competitions in Shanghai, the CHJ High-Tech Carnival 2019, Overseas Startup Competition. We have reached the final stage now, along with 8 other companies. So far we have won a free booth at Global Entrepreneur Week, a free office in the Caohejing High-Tech Park (the main high-tech area in the city-center) and are also automatic finalists in the Alibaba Cloud Pitch competition, which is obviously exciting, along with the “Shanghai 50 Most Worth Investing” and the Maker China competitions. This pitch competition was really a strategic entry for us and getting to the stage we have already, we should be able to get in front of hundreds of investors, potential partners and some media. Not too shabby at all.
Safety is a great concern for the university, obviously. We have been working with them to define exactly what we need to do and get the necessary clearance to make our installations. Our main issue was the power supply, which we have resolved now (I hope). Generally, our devices do not have a good solution for power and we can’t afford to develop one at this stage. To get our pilot done quicker, safer and cheaper, we will be using an out of the box power supply that already has all the relevant safety certifications.
We are currently looking to add a core team member, a mobile app designer/developer. Applicants who can demonstrate a passion for the environment are preferred. A very handsome equity package is on offer for the right candidate. Please DM me a CV for more details.
That is all for our community update,
We appreciate all the support,
Until next time,