We have a team...!

Alright, alright. I’ve had two interns come and go since now getting around to writing this. But! We also have one full-time engineer, Jonathan, helping with the design and understanding of the various subsystems we’re building into our first triplet machine. We met in the combat robotics community but I only got to know him and his design methodology at AVC 2017, as well as Battlebots this year. If someone can handle themselves, and their team, from 7am to midnight for two weeks, I think that stands up to the various startup challenges we’ll hit over the next year or two.

I’ve also pulled on some part-time killer design talent who is working on overhauling our pitch materials, informational documents, and this website (this version that was created by yours truly, and it will finally get the facelift is needs).

We’re getting ready to take on some investment capital to expand our team and build the pre-production model of our machine. I’m not sure what more I can publicly say, so, if you’re interested, get in touch!

We have a home...!

I'm so excited to announce after a month of hobbling around on a broken ankle, Domovi has moved into our new home at Greentown Labs! The race to build and test Prototype 1 begins in hopes of reaching our autumn timeline to raise funds and grow our team.

We've been busy getting a few accelerator applications out and getting components to test in. I don't know about you, but I'm excited.

Putting a New Spin on an Old Design

I've been having a lot of fun lately researching old magazine issues on Google to see how washing machines and dishwashers have been marketed through the bulk of the 20th century. Here's a few of the gems I dug up:

I think my favorite part of these (aside from the blatant stay-at-home mother marketing) is noticing that almost every unit has had minimal change (aside from a new coat of paint). The internal jets are still relatively the same design, marketers aim for trending colors for the external, but when everything is said and done, it's still a large metal box with painted wire racks.

Quiet Beginnings...

Design iterations are always a fun journey to take. It's rare that the cliche napkin doodle will end up the final form factor (or function) for a new design. For example, domovi was a name stumbled upon while trying to name the most recent heavyweight combat robot design on my design team. Once I had the name, I set out a very vague approach to what I wanted to achieve.

(probably a little overambitious but dreaming is cool, right?)

(probably a little overambitious but dreaming is cool, right?)

Within two weeks, this board was erased because the practical engineer in me beat down my ideas with concerns of manufacturing costs, certifications, testing, and market appeal. There's a phrase in engineering space that always resurfaces at any job I've been in:

- Fast
- Cheap
- Good
You pick two.

The happy compromise comes from having enough time to iterate effectively while keeping testing/component concerns in view (and not tunneling into perfectionist land). Pivoting is alright (even expected for the bulk of the projects I've been on in the past) and not being too proud of a design solution when a better comes along is important. I've been lucky to have had a couple months to now revise my design eight times already. Speaking of which, stay tuned. The stubborn prototyping design trials start soon (hopefully I don't flood my workspace in the process).