Project: Spectrum | A crowd-developed monitor

This post serves to show the history of Project: Spectrum, a monitor being developed by Eve and its community.

A history of Project: Spectrum

2019

February

March

April

May

  • Something needs to keep the screen in place, and different monitors have different stands. So we discussed what our stand should be like. We also asked about the need for integrated speakers.
  • Wanting to actually connect things to the monitor, we need ports. So we discussed the available options to make sure Spectrum has all the ports it needs.
  • The idea of open-source firmware comes up, and we start looking into what it can do for our users.
  • In an extensive post, we reveal what’s been decided so far based on community feedback. Among other things we lock down the display panel to use, stand adjustments, and some of the ports.

June

August

  • We’re getting a pretty good handle on the specifications, though a lot of things still need to be discussed with the manufacturer.
  • Our design partner Propeller has come up with initial design directions, giving the first ideas of what our monitor could look like.

September

October

November

December

  • The design team wants the monitor to look amazing. The manufacturing team wants to be able to actually manufacture and assemble it. After much discussion, measuring, adjusting, researching, checking, and adjusting some more, the industrial design was finally locked down.

2020

January

  • After a period without news, suddenly there is lots! A big announcement revealed the final design, product name, estimated launch dates, launch prices, pre-sales… Oh, and instead of one, there are now three awesome panels to choose from!

February

April

  • Much has happened behind the scenes, and we reveal the first sneak peek of the new bezel-less design.

May

  • A new update shows off the improved design for the 240Hz and 4K models, as well as an updated array of ports for Spectrum.
  • With an updated design and updated features, it’s time for an updated FAQ.

June

July

August

September

October

  • After worked hard behind the scenes, we kicked off the final tooling, developed packaging, and advanced firmware.
  • The first generation of hard tooling was put in use to mold Spectrum’s enclosure. We also teased progress in OSD development and revealed long-lead-time component orders.

November

  • Spectrum stand’s hard tooling was implemented, and we were exploring a safe stand packaging and performing more tests on Spectrum. We also proudly showed-off our community wallpapers on new samples.
  • We took our community on a virtual journey to our factory where Spectrum’s box will be assembled. Spectrum printed circuit board (PCB) development samples improved and passed more tests. So far, we have tested gaming on Spectrum with various devices and will continue to test its compatibility with even more.
  • It’s time to show our progress on the monitor’s and stand’s box so far! We focussed on three main criteria: safety, user experience, and your request for a sustainable solution.

December

  • After putting the fourth generation of Spectrum tooling into use, we reviewed new development samples. These samples resolved most of the CMF and tolerance imperfections found in previous samples, and we were ready to improve them further based on the new findings.
  • We shipped out a handful of new samples to the press and a few of your favorite reviewers. In addition to that, our China team has expanded and come together to make Spectrum better and offer higher quality pictures and videos to our community.
  • How we get to making those samples on the assembly lines? The first step is to lock down the operators’ procedures. With in-text images and footage, you can see the mini build in action.

January

February

March

April

May

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