We’ve definitely been flying under the radar for the past year – and it’s because we were in China! This is what we’ve been up to.
In 2015, we have gotten some amazing feedback from guitarists worldwide. Our email inboxes were full of great ideas from hobbyists, instructors and even professional artists. This awesome community has helped us identify weaknesses in Tabophone and discover ways in which it can be made even better.
For Tabophone to improve, we needed to go back to the drawing board. And what better place to build something than in Shenzhen, China: the Silicon Valley of electronics.
It’s here and through weeks of exploring that we learned about the latest technologies, electronics and manufacturing capabilities needed to achieve our new goals. We have broken down the original device into its core components so that we can transform it into something better. Think creative destruction!
We made sure that every design decision results in a manufacturable product. It’s stress-free to design something for the 3D printer, but designing for manufacturing is another matter – how do you make thousands of parts while maintaining high quality? To answer this question, we visited factories to study how things were made.
We return to Canada armed with the knowledge of manufacturing and a brand new Tabophone design that we are confident to enter production with. When we got our local guitarists to try it out, they were super excited about its new look and extra features. We can’t wait to tell you more :) Hint: that USB cable sometimes gets in the way, doesn’t it?
We’d like to thank everyone who has given us ideas to make Tabophone a better product. We’re always open for feedback or comments.