Tue Mar 31 '20 Announcement
8 days ago
– Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 08:31:04 AM
I hope you are all safe considering the actual situation with COVID-19. Be sure that we have taken the necessary actions for our team to stay as safe as possible during this period of economic slowdown.
Our startup is largely suffering from this and we have to be very careful on our next moves to not compromise our financial situation.
Chinese suppliers were off for few months but now everything is just starting to get back to "normal". The production that was suppose to happen in March will happen end of April. We are actually organising everything up with the assembly factory.
The GOOD NEWS :
We have shipped Mirabook to 5% of backers few days ago and we're in the process of delivering 10% more between May and June through our japanese distributor HTL.
We all want to go faster, but it is still progress and we should keep being positive. Be sure that we're dealing with what we have in hands. Our new target is to deliver 100% of you guys before September.
Talking about Japan, our partner has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to grow their order. https://www.makuake.com/project/mirabook/?utm_source=mirabook&utm_medium=sns_share_tw
If you are in Japan and wants to get a Mirabook for June, you are free to participate or share the campaign. For those who do no see this as fair considering you ordered first:
- New Japanese backers don't buy Mirabook at the same price.
-Sales channels are in place and we have to take this opportunity to ensure financial viability and secure your delivery afterwards.
-Our partner is also an Indiegogo backer and big supporter of the project.
One more thing, you'd be happy to hear that we are starting to work with UK Police forces, here is a picture of the product you have contributed to create, in action.
Thank you for your support and for your positive attitude and please be safe during this special period.
Mon Jan 27 '20 Announcement
2 months ago
– Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 08:11:36 AM
Hello everyone and Happy New year,
Through the Mirabook project we have experienced a lot of difficulties, financial troubles and delays. We have now passed most of these steps and have found stability in our cashflows and perspectives. The Miraxess company has a product, cash, customers , and most importantly backers to deliver.
The actual Mirabook is not perfect, but it is great and satisfying for users. Our next challenge is now to control the quality. As for now, the first production had between 10 to 15% of Mirabook no passing our Quality control. This represents a huge money loss for the company and that is why it is necessary to improve the final quality. Here are some example of issues:
-Speakers not working
-USB not working
-Stuck keys on the keyboard
Since December we try to deal with the different suppliers to improve the next production. Unfortunately we did not reach our objective to produce before Chinese New Year. The screen suppliers was unable to provide before the due date despite our insistance. We are now in the most frustrating part of the year where we have to wait for the Chinese vacation to end to restart production. Unfortunately the Virus which took part in China will not arrange things up.
We'll push for the next batch of 1500 to be ready for mid March, so your Mirabook deliveries should start early April.
As always, our team is available on social networks to answer your questions and read your positive comment. Thank you for your support ;)
Wish you all the best for 2020
Wed Nov 6 '19 Announcement
5 months ago
– Wed, Nov 06, 2019 at 09:59:57 AM
310! That is the official number of Mirabook out of production which passed our quality control. This is a very big step for the project because we are now able and qualified to reproduce this quality thousands of times. The next step is to scale and improve quality for 1500 units in January before Chinese New Year (tough task). Before that we have launched a small batch of 30 units with some board stability and mechanical improvements. The goal is to test them before scaling.
The 310 units will be delivered in the upcoming weeks to the biggest contributors meaning the ones who ordered big quantities. We believe, it is a fair and necessary way of proceeding as this can lead to more orders in the future and ensure the financial sustainability of our small company. The final objective is to have enough financial resources to deliver all backers before May 2020.
Message from Yanis our CEO:
“We are very proud of the work done and this is all because of you. Few years ago, I was dreaming of making this technological revolution a real thing, and now we are here, I can’t believe it. I was in Japan a few weeks ago and I met some of you. I took the time to talk and show the Mirabook. Your positive comments and encouragement online or irl give the Mirateam the energy to overcome any challenge. I just wanted to let you know that you have a real impact on our motivation and mood every day. I also would like to thank the workers at the factory who spent days with us on this hard task that is to manufacture a new product”
Here is an article on Galaxy Fold + Mirabook
On the lapdock market, some people are considering the Mirabook as outdated now because of DeX for PC and other competitors. The market has never been as ready as for today and let us explain you why:
1- In 2017 6 smartphones were fully compatible with Mirabook, including 3 with the dead Windows Phone operating system. Now there are more than 20 compatible smartphones on the market and it is about to increase with Android Q desktop mode.
2- Mobile processors are way more performant today and can comes with 10GB of RAM.
3- The 5G network is starting to be deployed and will create a huge evolution in the way we use smartphones. For example, VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) will offer the power of the most powerful PC for gaming or work, in the palm of your hand. Check for example https://shadow.tech/usen
Thank you for your support so far, we’re building this together.
Wed Sep 4 '19 Announcement
7 months ago
– Wed, Sep 04, 2019 at 06:33:48 AM
I hope that everyone had a great summer. On our side it was a tough one because we have a lot of pressure on us considering the big challenge that is to make a production.
Now is the time for us to explain what we’ve been through and also what we will go through in the upcoming weeks.
In July we have corrected many many issues both on mechanical and electronic parts to improve the quality of the first batch. We made a test production of 30 units on mid-July to measure if the product was ready or not and tried to pass the certification tests. Our team has personally tested these units for a month now and has detected basic failures on certain units. This is not caused by the design of the electronic board but by the lack of quality during the board assembly.
(This press and heat up the screen glue between the 2 shells to stick everything)
Right now we cannot risk having a 40% defect rate on production, which is why we are organizing the rework of the 500 boards that we already have. This should take place in the upcoming next 2 weeks.
A few days ago we successfully passed some certifications, and in the meantime, we are waiting for the final validation of the rest by next week. If the remaining certifications don’t pass, this will imply more modifications to include for the boards to be reworked.
1-Pass the certifications
2-Rework and test the PCBA
3-Produce a batch of 500 units
We are very confident that we can succeed in these objectives and then scale to the full production of 2000 units in total at the end of the year. In the last few weeks we have received quite a few discouraging messages from the community from backers who are very impatient. Now I want to say, please refrain yourself from sending these types of messages. The team has had enough pressure and we need to keep a fresh motivation for this big challenge. Thank you to those who send positive texts.
Cheers to everyone,
Fri Jun 21 '19 Announcement
10 months ago
– Fri, Jun 21, 2019 at 02:00:28 AM
First, we would like to apologize for the lack of communication these days. Our team was in China and because of internet censorship we couldn't access any social media. Usually we use a VPN, but because it was Tian'anmenwas hardly possible.
Last year we did a test production to measure the quality and the different issues to fix. This last visit was about making a pre-production, to make sure quality was fine before making the main production a few days after.
Unfortunately we noticed many issues that could not be considered as acceptable.
-The Electronic board did not fit well on the shell causing many issues
-The Keyboard Bar space was not working properly
-And other minor issues
The reason of all of that is the lack of professionalism and lies from our suppliers. The Shell and the electronic supplier hate each other. We thought our trip was going to be a happy trip, just making sure Mirabooks were fine, and it appeared to be a problem-solving trip.
In the end, the good news is that we managed to fix almost all the issues, but we must make some improvements, and this will require more time. We expect to fix all production issues by mid July and start the rest of the production in August.
Be sure that we are dedicated to bring you this product.