logistics, logistics, logistics
It’s shaping up to be another productive month at Light. Our Operations team spent April and most of May identifying, visiting, and evaluating potential US distribution centers.
The distribution center plays a key role in getting L16 cameras to customers and serves as the hub of supply chain and fulfillment operations. Once the L16 comes off the manufacturing line in Asia, it will be packaged and transported to the center. There, cameras will be added to inventory systems, sorted, and put on shelves. Next, customer orders will be sent to our distribution center partner and associated with individual cameras. Those cameras will be picked from the shelves, packed into boxes, and shipped to our customers.
As the team evaluated all the options, they had a long list of requirements to satisfy. Among those were a history of excellence in fulfilling complex hardware products for some of the world’s most reputable brands, the ability to interface directly with our back-office systems, and high-quality service levels including fast processing and short delivery times.
After much consideration, we have partnered with a distribution center that meets all of our technical and service level requirements. We’re confident that this partnership will result in a seamless post-purchase experience for our customers.
The L16 goes north
In addition to crossing an important milestone on the logistical front, we’ve had a chance to test our camera in the wild. Recently, Josh Anon, a Bay Area photographer and member of our creative advisory board, traveled to Svalbard with one of our P1 (Prototype 1) units. You can see some of the photos he captured along with Josh’s account of the trip on our photoblog: Captured.
More to come from us soon. In the meantime drop us a line any time at [email protected]
Since launching the L16 back in October, a lot has happened at Light. Our team has grown, and we finally outgrew our humble abode in Palo Alto. You’ll now find our marketing, operations, and design teams working from our new space in SoMa (San Francisco), and our supply chain and manufacturing teams working from our new office in Taipei.
As our team continues to grow, we remain laser-focused on building and perfecting the L16 camera. We’re grateful for your patience, and we’re excited to share a few updates with you today.
As we transition from the prototype stage to the mass production stage, we’ve completely redesigned our camera modules - the individual lens/barrel/sensor assemblies that form the heart of the L16’s optical array. This redesign ensures that the modules will perform consistently across a wide range of environments and use cases. These new modules also include our production image sensors. We’re very excited to begin showing you full-resolution images from these beautiful new sensors soon.
Our image processing software has also seen great progress as we’ve moved toward production. Since August, we’ve dramatically improved the ability to render color accurately in our processed images. This powerful software is well on its way to maturity, and you’ll see more examples of this in the coming months.
On the construction front, we’ve made refinements to the mechanical designs of the L16 as our components near their final, production specifications. We’ve improved the camera body and will be combining the new bodies with the new camera modules next month.
We are very excited about the next phase and shipping the L16 to our early customers. We have a few more developmental milestones to clear before we can finalize our shipping calendar, but expect that we’ll have more to share on that in another update or two.
We’ve come a huge distance in the last few months, and we remain grateful for your support and encouragement as we hustle to get this truly spectacular camera into the world.
As always, you can reach us at [email protected] with any questions.