Wanted to get this installment of Desk Diary out of the door as soon as possible before things started to change too much ><
Before we continue however, you may want to check out the last installment to see how we go to the current arrangement today.
Here we cut the flash from the soft vinyl shell, assemble MiraiFrame and then fit the frame in the shell. The two boxes on either side of the tables are heat boxes which heat up the vinyl for cutting and placing the frame in the shell.
Never attempt to remove or insert the frame into the soft vinyl shell without heating as you could crack it.
The bicycles stay here as there is really nowhere else to put them and placing them on the 2nd or 3rd floor didn't make sense.
I thought we would only be able to make only a few hundred per month due to the lack of space but it turns out that we can do much more through optimization of space and workflow.
In many cases, having less is actually having more. Through the lack of space, we were forced to think of ways to utilize what we had to create something more efficient than before.
I do realize that we will reach a point where we can't optimize anymore due to the demand but by then we would have a learning to take with us to the new office location.
My Itachari on the top and wifeys Cayo on the bottom which we ordered from the UK. We still do use them though - was out n about cycling this week in Sendagaya.
Will get the latest GoPro so I can do more videos like the one below.
Sorceress from Dragons Crown with her hat back to front ><
Really nice sculpt by Alphamax - check out the full review here and if you fancy adding one to your collection then one of the trusted retailers below may have her.
The problem with my previous desk layout is that I couldn't do any doll production work without a heat box and cutting mat - easily solved by adding them but took me a while trying to figure out how to arrange my current computing equipment.
Initially had my external monitor on the corner like this but was not too comfy.
You may have noticed from the previous photo but I switched back to using the HTC ONE (review here) after my Xperia Z1 (review here) bit the dust - apparently the waterproof functionality is not so waterproof.
Took a few photos on a beach in Dubai and the SD card *and* micro USB slot bit the dust...
The HTC ONE does have a crap camera but apart from that has been serving me well with the latest flavor of Cyanogenmod.
Many folks have been asking how they can get hold of Smart Doll Manual version.
I've already got a load of pre-orders from clients who are ordering in bulk who want one regardless of the final specifications.
But for everybody else, I want to revamp the Smart Doll website first before I take anymore orders. Smart Doll features concepts that does not exist in any other doll on the market and I want to set expectations before I accept anybodys cash for them.
Up until now however, I've simply not had time to work on the website - I either work on the website or the product - I don't have resources to do both at the same time right now ><
A large % of our work is quality control - all these parts on the floor are boo boo's.
All plastic or vinyl manufacturing processes come with pros and cons and they both have their fair share of blemishes here and there. Soft vinyl is a particularly difficult material to work with ><
If you are a soft vinyl doll owner, start looking at the body more closely and you will notice that more often than not there will be slight marks or small spots which occur during the molding process - as long as the material is soft vinyl then this cannot be helped. If all parts which had the slightest mark were rejected then there would be no product ;-;
I do want to start injection molding of the outer shell as soon as possible which should eliminate most of these issues and enable us to produce millions of units at the same time.
The pre-sales of Smart Doll have placed us in a financially better position than ever before and the cashflow will enable us to grow at a favorable rate. We will try to stay here for as long as possible learning how to optimize space and resources as much as possible before moving out.
We will most likely get an office that is also a shop too so that you can pop by anytime to not only pick up Smart Doll or anything Mirai and have a cuppa tea with the team at the same time. Location has not been decided.
This is where the TV used to hang on the wall until we moved out ><
Not worth removing the bracket on the wall seeing as I plan to move back home again so currently use it as a bag rack. The beige bag is really nice and currently my main bag which I use for my MacBook Air and to carry Mirai around - Brooks Pickwick which I picked up from London.
Took down the other posters that we sold at events and replaced them with the displays from the Wonfes.
Unless you say otherwise, the 2014 collection of posters will have a simple clean look without a background. These displays were for Smart Doll which is why it has the logo but the posters for events won't have it.