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IONLAB at ISC, Trivandrum

Posted on 19 January 2010 by Roopa

We were in Kerala last week, putting up posters, talking to umpteen people and showing a demo of Track Every Coin! Yes .. we were at the 97th Indian Science Congress for 5 days at Thiruvananthapuram and we had a cozy little stall for Ionlab.

The Indian Science Congress is the largest national science event in India with thousands of delegates participating, exploring, understanding and interacting on the matters of science. It was one platform where innovators across India came together to exhibit technology and innovations. We were overwhelmed for having been invited to participate and set up a stall at an event of such magnitude.

The ISC was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India followed by the inauguration of the Children’s Science Congress by Dr Abdul Kalam. The Govt of India’s department for Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR) sponsored stalls at the exhibition to encourage Entrepreneurs through their TEPP initiative.

It was a great learning and a product validation opportunity for us at Ionlab. We showed demos of the product and its features to people from various walks of life – students, IT professionals, home makers, small-medium businessmen to academicians. Everyone loved it! The beauty of TECI really lies in the simplicity and versatility of what it offers to each and every person. We identified that there is a clear demarcation of segments who find the mobile application more useful than the hardware device and vice versa.

We sold a few of our first product The ION – USB Charger as well. 🙂

The overwhelming response is a big confidence boost and we are working fiercely towards putting the bits together and bringing Track Every Coin to you soon!

Click here for more photos of the event.

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Joining the dots

Posted on 30 December 2009 by Roopa

I believe that building a product is like building your dream home. You take atmost care in laying out the essentials, chalking out the must-haves, drawing the blue print of the architecture, bricking the house to designing the interiors that makes a cozy home.

Similarly, at IONLAB, we have made sure Track Every Coin is on par with any internationally acclaimed consumer electronic goods and has features that cater to the needs of all of us. Despite the delays and little setbacks we have now been able to put two and two together. We present you the final prototype of our much anticipated hardware device – Track Every Coin, nicknamed TECI 🙂

With the holiday season kicking in, this is normally the time you get to spend some time with your family reflecting on the good moments of 2009. We decided to retrospect and bring to you the highlights at Ionlab and the making of TrackEveryCoin, a project we have put our hearts and souls into.

January 2009: Prototype breadboards were converted to PCB designs

February 2009: Researched and begun sourcing components from various suppliers (LCD, Micro-controller, USB etc) from Singapore, China and India

March 2009: Changed LCD module to work at low voltage, Started talks with manufacturers, CAD designing, and completed Low level drivers for the hardware.

April 2009: New hardware version released (low power micro controller), Ported low level drivers for the new micro controller, Started design work on website.

May 2009: Sourcing of hardware components, Hardware design frozen for CAD designs, Trackeverycoin pre-launch website, www.ionlab.in website launched.

June 2009: Local source for LCD modules found, Identified manufacturing service, Base design for mobile application.

July 2009: PCB design for production complete, Placed production order for microcontroller and other components.

August 2009: Application software testing on production hardware, base version of CAD design ready. Website architecture design in place.

September 2009: PCB fabrication complete, received the first plastic prototype, testing different versions of mobile application.

October 2009: Identified packaging people, button sticker people, Microcontroller and other components arrives, second and third prototype of plastics arrives, Front end UI of website frozen, Mobile navigation simplified.

Noverber 2009: Application software bug fixes, Manufacturing plant software released, Desktop software (used to upload hardware data to website) is complete (testing in progress). Completed user manual for hardware.

December 2009: Integration of website backend and frontend started, Received the final prototype (shown above), we are tooling ready, Mobile application testing in progress, Desktop software released.

Next couple of milestones:

  • Production of hardware
  • Tooling of device and production
  • Packaging
  • Mobile application launch
  • Alpha/beta testing of website
  • Launch of hardware

Much appreciate your comments and feedback! A fantastic 2010 to all of you. Thank you for following our blog and cheering us thru 2009.

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