No it wasn't already designed. The biggest thing was sourcing the LCD screen since the whole design replies on that specific model.
Think about it. Prototype PCB's take 2 weeks or so, and a production run of PCBs and enclosure takes roughly 4 weeks (depending). We have between 10 and 18 weeks to stay on target (April/May). We can do it! :lol:
Like I said, we're both working very hard on piecing this whole thing together and making it work. We've needed a product like this on the market for a long time now!
Kinda early to give a final price, but I estimate Version 1 & 2 ~ $725.00, and Version 3 @ ~ 1,399.00. Please don't quote me on this. They may be even cheaper than the DL065A's, or a bit higher than this. Again it's still too early to tell.
PS: I forgot to mention: I believe the firmware on the controller will be USB upgradeable, so new features can be added later.