Mass production season 2

Jeroen and I are back in China for the mass production. This time locked and loaded with new knowledge and encouragement and an eye for success. Of course, this comes with a new production vlog!

Follow our experience in China and the Wooting one production every other day. Just keep an eye on this page, our discord or youtube channel for the latest updates.

S02E01 The coat-hanger V2

22 may 2017

S02E02 The day before MP

25 may 2017

S02E03 Ready set go!

26 may 2017

S02E04 A Wooting one is born

28 may 2017

 

Season break

Let me start with a small apology. I haven’t kept things up to date because it was hard to free my mind and take the time to simply, write. Now, I’m on the airplane on my way to Hong Kong and finally got some solitude. So, let’s catch up.
 
We ended the last vlog with our small production test run. The day after we had a single day mass producing the Wooting one. It was glorious and slow but successful. We ended up making only a handful of keyboards that I brought back with me. I filmed as much as possible but neglected to create a story. Starting without a story is a horror (time-consuming) in the edit. So that vlog got killed along the way because…
 
Computex, grabbed all my remaining energy and attention for the week that followed.
 
A little recap. We planned to run a couple of production days, smoothen the process and let it finish while we were at Computex. In the end, we only had a single day and didn’t trust the entire process enough yet. We decided to pause the mass production until our return.
 
Computex this year was great. We had the Wooting one on full display at the Adomax booth (makers of the Flaretech switch). Compared to last year, it was a milestone. That time we only had a small table and used Jeroen’s laptop to showcase the prototype. It felt like we were selling watches from a car trunk.
 
Besides the playable Wooting one keyboards, Adomax released their Flaretech **slim** edition switches. Notebook sized, mechanical, optical and analog compatible switches. Don’t expect anything too soon from it though, these things roll-out slow.
 
Anyway, after Computex we planned to go back straight away. But after the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival holidays, the factory had a full schedule. So we had a week in between which was very welcoming because we were exhausted. There wasn’t a lot of time to rest though because there was a lot of work to catch up with.
 
And here I am. Back in the airplane, ready to finish the entire production and get these awesome keyboards out of the door (finally!). Jeroen went a day earlier to retrieve his visa. Tomorrow, we will grab the bus towards Guangdong, China. Wednesday the production goes into full effect again.
 
Of course, the season 2 vlogs will continue again every other day until we’ve finished the entire trip. Then it’s a matter of time before you’ll have your Wooting one.

 

S02E05 Fly drive wait sleep

11 June 2017

S02E06 Up and running

14 June 2017

S02E07 5S put to work

17 June 2017

S02E08 P for production

20 June 2017

 

S02E09 Heading back home

And as always, we’re all open to your feedback and questions:

Calder Limmen Written by:

Founder of Wooting. Entrepreneur, gamer and any(thing)thusiast living in Taiwan.

17 Comments

  1. Simon
    May 23, 2017
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    Really love to see more vlogs. Gives some great insight into the whole production and how production in China works.

  2. A.H. den Hollander
    May 28, 2017
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    Gefeliciteerd heren met de start van de massa productie! Wat een doorzettingsvermogen en een lef hebben jullie getoond gedurende de ontwikkeling van de Wooting one. De openheid, de transparantie resultanten van jullie openbaringen betreffende de ontwikkelingen aangaande de Wooting One; het is altijd leuk om de blogs en vlogs te volgen. Mannen ik hoop oprecht dat het toetsenbord mag brangen wat jullie ervan verwachten……

    • June 20, 2017
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      Bedankt! We all appreciate your kind words and feel very happy you also feel like this. We hopen het ook altijd zo te kunnen houden 🙂

  3. Riley Stone
    May 29, 2017
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    I would like some more input as to the feel of the flare-tech switches. How do they feel compared to cherry. It has heavier springs but it was claimed they are pretty smooth. Do they feel lighter then cherries comparison

    • June 20, 2017
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      About the same, no scratch, much more smoothness and the blues have a double click, slighter to near none bump.

  4. Tanja
    June 1, 2017
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    Looking forward to the tutorials!

  5. Blankz
    June 1, 2017
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    Can’t wait! love seeing these vlogs. It is really comforting seeing a company be so transparent

  6. bernd
    June 3, 2017
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    You guys are pretty awesome. If you don’t mind, i’d like to sneak in a little Q here: will we be able to ‘normally’ customize the keymap, like we know from qmk or similar community firmwares? Just swapping around keys and such.

    • June 20, 2017
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      It’s inside the firmware but not in the wootility yet, there will be some basic keymap swaps available in general settings that are common. More advanced keymapping is later on the roadmap.

  7. Colin
    June 19, 2017
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    I just kept on checking the front page since May 23. Then I saw you had made available half a dozen more videos under the same post. This is awesome! Love you guys!

  8. June 27, 2017
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    This just caught my attention (I’m sorry for missing your KickStarter) — I will definitely be pre ordering the premium model when funds allow.
    Quick question — will you guys come back in the future (with everything you know now) and produce a wireless model (BT 4.0 or 5) of this wonderful keyboard?

    • July 24, 2017
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      No worries. Thanks for showing your support. We’re not planning to make a BT version very soon. Though, definitely interested, the technology is still questionable at times.

      There’s a lot of complications coupled with BT devices on technical and business level. And the gaming scene doesn’t take BT very lightly. This makes it less attractive for us to immediately jump on top of it.

  9. July 22, 2017
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    Received MY wooting one last week.. Now typing on it. I like it a lot. It’s got the red switches installed. I’m going to try those for a week or so and then change it to the blue switches.

    Won’t have time for much gaming in the next couple of weeks, which is unfortunate.
    Anyway: Calder, it was well worth the wait!!

  10. ac
    July 23, 2017
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    Interesting. So is it common that there is industrial ventilation in these factories? (you mentioned fan blowing) That would explain why chinese can’t smell the chem smells. Then once product is put into sealed plastic for months, once you open it, the chem coctail has been absorbed into various porous areas of the product and that’s why shops also need massive ventilation.

    However since residential units do not come with industrial ventilation (commercial space = positive pressure, residential = negative pressure), the chem smells are really annoying as the negative pressure ventilation sucks all the chem smell out from the products.

    Now this may not apply to EVERY product made in China but big brands aren’t immune.

    I’m in market for a full size media keyboard and a laptop with no chem smelly parts but so far the only way to find out if something has this issue is to buy everything until you find one that doesn’t smell and since I have huge list of other things I want from a keyboard, there just isn’t anything to buy and with my luck the few things that are closest to what I’d like have so far has the chemical smell issue.

    • July 24, 2017
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      Or…. It was really hot in the storage area because there was no “AC” 😉

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