Just a quick update to say the first batch of PCBs were unfortunately wrong with the LEDs not correctly placed on the board. Since this was ~$10k of parts we're hoping the factory will be fixing this on the house.
Will update further when we know more. These things happen and it's why were being ultra cautious as we move (slowly) forward. It could easily have been all 3500 PCBs if we had rushed the production.
The first batch of the first run of 1250 iCP2 boards have finally arrived, and these will be extensively tested while we wait for the redesigned Keymats to arrive.
The keymats had to be redesigned for the LEDs, this has lead to some unforeseen issues. Firstly the old keymat, very similar to the Pandora keymat, was quoted at around 33-40c each, however the new keymat, which has to use a different material designed for backlighting has been quoted at $3(!) each in Europe, so we have since got some quotes from China.
Unfortunately they repeated the fact that backlighting material is much more expensive and combined with the silkscreen which is compex the best quote we have is around $2 per keymat. Oh dear. I shall try to throw some of my own money in to cover this.
While those are being made there is a final firmware issue with the nubs to solve, I hope to have an update on that asap, if it works out it will be solved at the same time the keymats arrive along with the first batch of cases and holders.
Finally, as some of you know from PMs I, Michael and Jacquelyn all have full time jobs away from this project, none of us expected it to take this long, but that's just the way it is. We will finish it up and get there eventually.
The ridiculous abusive emails from a very small number of people have continued and it really does just drain your energy for a project which started as being a really enjoyable challenge.
I wanted to try to write something here which tries to put things in to perspective, the fact that this is just a BT controller and not a life changing event, but I don't think it will work.
For those of you who have been really cool and sent supportive emails, thank you, we will get there and deliver a solid, quality product, along with an interesting (for some) video about the whole process.
I'd hoped to have a photo of lots of the PCBs, but wanted to get this update out today, so there might be a follow up photo after the weekend.
The situation is still the same I'm afraid, the LEDs have not arrived yet and we're chasing up what is going on there to try to find out if we can maybe get half of them to at least produce some units quickly.
Until they arrive nothing can be done as they are required for the PCB production, which is required for the case production.
We're essentially stuck in development hell. Believe me we wish we didn't go near those LEDs, especially after we said we knew the dangers of advance goals.
This is all on video. It does not make for happy watching, I'm pretty depressed about it all, especially after the iCP1 went so smoothly.
I hope the next update can be more positive.
Thank you for your patience.
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