Portable Scores has moved its operations to China temporarily to work on manufacturing the scoreboard and making it even more awesome. There were some things slowing us down in the states, and here in China there are fewer distractions keeping us from building this.
There has been a lot of debate lately about manufacturing in China and factory conditions and pollution, and the need for jobs in the U.S. and all kinds of ethics. We get it, and we’ve had to spend a lot of time reflecting on that as well. But there are a lot of factors that go into the decision, and ultimately manufacturing in China is what makes the most sense right now. Things are not nearly as bad as the media makes it out to be, and if it weren’t for the extremely hard beds, I would be sleeping at night, comfortable with the decision I made to be here.
What does all this mean for you? Well, it means the scoreboard will probably be able to sell at the price point that we wanted (essentially what we would pay for something as awesome as this). After getting quotes in the U.S. for various components, we would need to sell the scoreboard for double the price we wanted. In China, we are back on track.
It also means the scoreboard production schedule is moving along, which means units shipped sooner. There were too many delays in the U.S. with tooling estimates alone pushing us back months.
It also means a more advanced product. With access to quality designers and engineers willing to work with us to develop the product, we’re now able to make a product that will not only be in a condensed form factor (without compromising the size of the display), it will also be durable and stylish.
You can learn more about the manufacturing process and experiences in China at our new blog Engineer In Shenzhen. This blog is for people who are interested in developing products in China and want to know what it’s like and what to expect. Stick around this blog for scoreboard related news, though.