We have fixed all the issues of v5 in the new prototype.
After v5, we have adjusted the lens design three times. Each adjustment requests a new tooling. It costs over $50,000 － $100,000 and a few more weeks for a new tooling each time, but we believe the improvements in visual quality worth the cost. Given the vendor will deliver the newly designed lens in early May, we are looking to ship M1 to testers in May, when the units have been assembled and tested.
Two major reasons that may cause schedule delay:
1. Change design for the better result.
2. Components delay
The holidays have some impact over the delivery of raw materials. There are dozens of components, delay of any of these may impact the schedule as a whole. When we become a more established company, we would have stronger support from our vendors.
The good news is, all the materials for M1 are now ready in the factory, which means we have better control over the timeline.
Worth to mention that moving production line also takes some time. Yes, we have moved our production line from the current one to a world-class line that has the most strict standard for optical devices.
Thanks again, 8K backers! We cannot deliver the best VR experience without your support.
The Pimax Team