Hi everyone! We’ve had some interesting interviews since our last blog post and we have made some progress on our prototype. With the end of the semester rapidly approaching, we will be looking to make significant progress in the upcoming month.
-We have ordered all the parts for our functional MVP and should be getting them all within the next week.
-Minor design changes have been made after talking to experts in the field.
-Goal for the week: work on the software aspect of the functional MVP
-Goal for the week: finish a formfactor MVP.
- MMC Updates:
- -We learned that operators do not mind going up close to the scene and placing the device on a wall or structure they need to see through.
- -We discovered that in order to deploy our device to the law enforcement market, we will need FCC accreditation, which takes about 9 months.
- -In a future version of the device, we also learned that it would be valuable to see into the walls, as well as through the walls.
- Upcoming events:
- –Next week, we will be going into the field twice, including attending an air force drill.
Right now, our main focus is to test our circuit design and see what tweaks need to be made before creating a formfactor MVP. This week, once we receive all of the parts, we will spend the rest of the week working on testing and construction. We made a few more changes to our design after consulting experts in the field, but now we’re ready to see what our device is capable of!
The most interesting finding in our interviews this past week was that we heard that operators do not mind placing the device on the surface they are trying to see through and standing back to collect information from its reading. This is significant because seeing through walls at a distance poses significant challenges, many of which are decreased when the device is located closer to the area of interest. We also learned more about the value of actually seeing what is in the wall. This information is useful for breachers when determining the best place to set up a breach point.