The picture is a new set of XOOT Kit parts (just received this morning). We’ll be testing them this week.
You may have noticed there have not been a lot of XOOT progress reports this year. There’s reason for that… there’s just wasn’t much to say….
It’s just been hard work. To give some insight, here is one case:
The XOOT system uses a spring inside the main arm.
- It has to be right. Otherwise, the arm will not properly balance and the screen will be harder to move.
- Previously, we made our own springs by hand, winding them with some sketchy/dangerous tools. For production we’ve been working with a spring manufacturer. It’s been a learning experience for both parties, full of disappointment and problem solving.
- We’re now at a point where we understand each other’s needs and capabilities. We’ve changed the XOOT system springs to better match the manufacturer’s capabilities. The manufacturer now believes they can make springs to our specifications.
- Along the way, we managed to simplify the spring and the parts connecting to it.
It’s continuous work, and it’s hard to writeup our experiences as simple “forward progress”. Yes, we make forward progress but it’s no strait line.
The good news is that there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. We have a few more things to line up. I’m hoping this July we’ll be able to report the XOOT system pricing and timeline for manufacturing. Stay tuned…
A New Kit
We’ll have a XOOT Kit for XP Pen Artist Pro 24 / Huion Kamvas Pro 24: (AKA the “XP24 Kit”)
This is a general-purpose kit for screens that use a Vesa mount. The square 100x100mm hole pattern on the back of many displays. The Kit is weighted for the XP Pen Artist Pro 24 but also will works well with the Huion Kamvas Pro 24. Note that most 22” drawing screens also this Vesa hole pattern (Wacom Cintiq 22 included).
There will be a full blog entry on this later…
New Screen Angle
We’ve had several artists comment they don’t like the screen at 90 degrees when it’s in the upright position. We went back over the economic studies and decided to change the upright default angle:
Cintiq Pro 24 80 degrees
Cintiq Pro 32 80 degrees
Cintiq 27 QHD 80 degrees
XP Pen 24 + 75 degrees
We’ll have an option to install a mini-kit, to change the upright angle to 90 degrees (that can be ordered separately). But… that kit will not be available for the first few months. We need to get the launch right before adding extra options.
I hope this is news you can use. I look forward to our July progress report!
Thanks for your interest in XOOT,
As, I’m doing a final proof read… I’m now getting messages from the spring supplier in Taiwan that they are in danger of being shutdown because of covid outbreaks…. I wish them well, and I wish this disease gone!