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Running from 2013 to 2015, the project had two major phases with their respective versions; DURR Alpha, and DURR Beta.
50 units doesn't really sound that much. Though, keep in mind that we made everything ourselves; from circuit boards to packaging. As a consumer product each unit had high demands in look and feel.
The Alpha was designed for and produced with manufacturing techniques suitable for very low volumes; sintered and dyed polyamide, laser-cut leather and hand soldered through-hole PCBs.
Also, it's hard because it's just the two of us.
It didn't make any sense to produce another batch of 50, or even 100. The time and effort put into the first run didn't pay out, as it mostly was a test of infrastructure and sale.
However, the number '1.000' wasn't really decided by us. Instead it was sorta set by the PCB production house: they only wanted SMD components on reels > there are 1.000 components per reel. Aaaaand 1.000 SMD PCBs was the max amount we could afford.
Manufacturing techniques, materials, engineering, assembly, design, finishing, colors, packaging, shipping... EVERYTHING.
Quite remarkable variations in our (expensive) vibration motors was by far the main reason for this - super sad stuff.
It's worth mentioning that DURR Beta is also on the permanent exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Arts, so you now own an official piece of art!
And of course, thanks to Ulrike and Kristin for support ♥