Mark’s trip to China

mark in china

The first production run of the Freefly VR was a real pleasure to oversee. We haven’t stopped really since Christmas on getting everything complete for this two week period so stock of the Freefly VR could be finished before Chinese New Year, which falls in the middle of February this year.

mark setting up the freefly vrThe first production run of the Freefly VR was a real pleasure to oversee. We haven’t stopped really since Christmas on getting everything complete for this two week period so stock of the Freefly VR could be finished before Chinese New Year, which falls in the middle of February this year.

The production process is so different from the R&D side, we are looking at making jigs and fixings to improve the quality and output of the Freefly VR and looking for bottlenecks and areas that can be improved all the time. This is actually my second trip to review the manufacture of the Freefly VR. I first visited with my fellow Product Designer, Luke Vos in October last year. We reviewed the “first of tools” which was very exciting for us to see, since that trip we made quite some improvement to the design, notably the faceplate which started our being foam only and is now a much more premium faux leather material and construction, more like the kind of padding you find on headphones. We also dramatically changed the aesthetics, originally we had gone for a “storm trooper” inspired white and black colour scheme, but after producing our alignment app and developing our branding and more understated black and orange theme was chosen.

Fortunately I enjoy Chinese food and have avoided anything too unusual, some tasty barbecued pigeon being my favourite. Tomorrow I head home via a short shopping spree in Hong Kong with a University friend of mine living here, then the exciting 12 hour flight home…. at least I have my Freefly VR to keep me entertained (come ‘on, I have to say that!).

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