The PCB validation is complete and the validation sample and I are heading to the Keys for some diving. I will let you know how the computer performed upon my return.
The 100 boards for the first beta run are now on order and we are testing the cases in preparation for final assembly of the first run of units. After we receive the production schedule for the first 100 boards we will be able to announce the ETA on the first run. After the first 100 have been sampled we will order another 250 boards and go into final production.
The Workbench software is complete and will be online very soon to allow divers to play with and experience the interface.
The single, biggest complaint about the Poseidon side exhaust regulators in the US market is the custom hose with the built-in over pressure mechanism to handle the second stage servo valve. Technical divers like to experiment with hose lengths to find the perfect hose orientation and this can change depending on backmount, sidemount or stage bottles. The specialized Poseidon hose made it difficult for experimentation, not to mention spare parts when traveling. At Dive Rite, we now have a standard hose on our new Jetstream “DR” that just launched in July.
Prior to the release of the Jetstream DR, the original Jetstream got a good review in Scuba Diving magazine.
The countdown continues and we are ready to receive a final production unit with all the bells and whistles including backlighting next week. The uploader cable and software interface are all ready as well. After Heliox confirms everything is correct with the production boards we will order the first 100 boards and go into production as soon as they arrive.
Our plans are to deliver the first 100 units to a select number of patient consumers to test dive. In order to avoid a slow down in the second production run of the units, the next 250 boards will be produced concurrent to this. If we find any glitches in the programming it will be corrected with firmware updates.