We are pleased to announce Vu1 has received a Notice of Allowance, from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, for a patent application for our ESL lighting technology. The patent title is System and Manufacturing a Cathodoluminescent Lighting Device and the U.S. Patent Application Number is 13/262,594.
Protecting our disruptive lighting technology is of strategic importance to Vu1 and to our shareholders. We now have nine patent allowances and will seek to achieve similar success with the rest of our patent submissions and do what is necessary to protect our IP.
We will continue to provide updates as we move forward.
As promised in our last blog, I am providing you today with the latest update on the happenings at Vu1.
This morning I spoke with our engineers in China and we now are comfortable saying we will ship Vu1 R30 bulbs for delivery to our channel partners this month. Should anything change, we will notify everyone immediately.
With this latest run, we implemented minor tweaks based on constructive feedback. The Vu1 bulbs being produced are working optimally.
We take great pleasure in announcing our team has now confirmed receipt of and inventoried our components, allowing us to commence production of the Vu1 R30 lamp next week. We greatly appreciate the efforts of Cameron and Stanley who have kept processes moving along smoothly and successfully.
With our manufacturing procedures now solidly in place, we look forward to delivering our quality product to the U.S. in April. I’d like to take this time to once again express a warm thank you to our shareholders, channel partners and future customers for their patience and continued support.
We will be updating you again soon and look forward to providing our “Light Without Compromise” in the near future.
As mentioned in our last blog, Vu1’s next step was to run lots of 200 and then 300 bulbs to test that the product consistently meets specs. I’m pleased to announce this is complete and both lots passed quality control and testing. The larger lot will be packaged and shipped this weekend and distributed to channel partners as samples.
The components for the next purchase order have been ordered, and Vu1 has paid for this order in full.
I also want to provide an update on our research and development/engineering site in the Bay area. You may be aware that the lease on the first site for the Vu1 office fell through. However, we have identified a new facility and are working on executing a lease. We expect to commence the lease on Feb 1, 2014.
In addition, we have hired multiple engineers in the Bay area to assist in the ramp up of the R30 and future projects.
We are continuing to move forward. I will update you again when pertinent information is made available.
As reported in our last blog, Vu1 initiated a small run of bulbs in late November. We are pleased to announce preliminary testing has been completed and were successful. The isolated instances of component swapping discovered recently have also been addressed and the proper component (a specific transformer) has been properly installed.
Stanley and Cameron will arrive in China early next week to do two sets of final assembly and testing on a 200-unit lot and a 300-unit lot. The separate components are already assembled and I specifically asked for final assembly to be supervised by Cameron.
Back in the U.S., we believe we have found our new space located in the Bay area and hope to take possession of the lease by the first of the year. We have also had a great deal of interest and success with preliminary interviews for engineers for the U.S. R&D facility and expect to be hiring after the first as well.
There is great confidence that the issues have been resolved and we expect assembly of the 200- and 300-unit lots to go smoothly and test well. We expect to get some of the 500 unit’s air-delivered back to the U.S. by the end of next week and ready to distribute to our future channel partners
Assuming all testing of the 200 and 300 lots meets specs, we will begin running the line for mass production as soon as practical.
Our goal here is to move precisely so that, if any issues arise, we can reduce the time and cost of making corrections.
Recently I had the pleasure of being invited to discuss what is happening with Vu1 Corporation and the development of our R30 bulb on the syndicated radio program Home Talk USA with Michael King. King (known to his legions of fans as the “Cajun Contractor”) and I discussed the mission and vision of Vu1 and I introduced his audience to Electron Stimulated Luminescence as a superior option to replace incandescent bulbs as they are removed from the marketplace.
After the program aired on September 28, I was provided information ranking the interest of the interview amongst King’s listeners. Our interview scored substantially higher than the average show. To me, this demonstrates the likely confusion and therefore interest in what is taking place with the BULB Act and phase out of incandescent lamps.
The show was an excellent opportunity to explain the new technology to a new audience and differentiate our product from the bulbs currently on the market. As production allows for bulbs to be available to the media and the public, we foresee many more media opportunities to educate consumers about Vu1 lighting.
For those unable to listen to the Home Talk USA interview live, we have provided the recorded version here. Enjoy.