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Long-Term Battery Testing - December 3rd, 2015

Long-term Dog Blocker battery testingThe long-term battery tester (named "Duke") has been running happily on the same set of batteries since October 5th, 2013! Over 2 years and Duke is still going strong! This little guy is located at work in a high-traffic area so it gets triggered over 50 times a day. I've been monitoring/recording the battery voltage and it's getting VERY close to the end for these batteries. Still, a solid 2 years of constant useage is quite incredible and matches early current draw tests. During all this time, Duke has never locked up or had a single problem. He's been a VERY good little doggie over the past 2 years!

Enclosure Delays - October 26th, 2015

Wow! It's been an extremely long time since our last update! The main cause for the delay and lack of updates is my uncertainty about the enclosure. The engineering and tooling costs for injection molding is crazy expensive. My inexperience in this area and not wanting to throw away $10,000+ has caused a lot of hesitation. I do believe, however, I've worked out a solution. Basically, the project will go forward with a laser cut "naked" case which will be acrylic and standoffs. I can then create stretch goals for a full laser cut acrylic or wood case. Finally, another stretch goal for the more expensive injection molding at which time I would have the funds for an engineer and the mold. I now have an enclosure plan in place that I believe will allow me to go forward and launch! Expect more frequent updates too.

Provisional Patent - July 1st, 2014

Home purchase and move has delayed the project. But, the provisional patent application is finally complete and ready to be submitted. Long-term testing is going very well with battery life exceeding expectations. Parts suppliers and manufacturing partners continue to be developed. It's been a long process, but we're now getting close to launch!

2 Weeks-200 Facebook Likes - January 18th, 2014

The Dog Blocker Facebook page received 200 likes in less than 2 weeks. We've received quite a bit of positive feedback from interested parties about purchasing a Dog Blocker once released. Keep your feedback coming! It's really inspiring to see that there's a demand for Dog Blocker.

Dog Blocker Facebook Page - January 6th, 2014

Dog Blocker Facebook page opened to the public. If you have a question or want to make a comment about Dog Blocker, our Facebook page is the place to do it. We'll be monitoring and replying to Facebook inquiries.
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