The last few weeks have been really exciting and incredibly busy. We can’t wait to ship Galileo to all of you and will not rest until we do! See below for an update on the 30-pin model, a demo of one of our apps, and details on iPhone 5 compatibility.
In the last update, we shared that we anticipate going into pre-production at the end of this week. All the new tooling, new quality control systems, and refined assembly process should be ready to go so that each Galileo we make is the best Galileo we can make. If all goes well, we enter production soon after and air freight the first batch of Galileos by the end of the month. We will know for certain once we get rolling in pre-production. It’s an aggressive timeline, but that is the plan.
We submitted the portal app at the end of last week and are waiting on approval for the app store. Fingers crossed! Our video calling app is getting really close to ready and we hope to submit that to the app store the first week in June. Check out a quick demo we shot using Vine: https://vine.co/v/b0IAAPAuIQn
iPhone 5 Compatibility
Our recent updates have been focused on the 30-pin model. That is the model that we launched the Kickstarter campaign with and the model most of you chose to keep as your reward. Now, it is time to address all of you who opted for a future model with iPhone 5 compatibility.
We first mentioned our challenges for iPhone 5 compatibility in Update 19. Due to circumstances beyond our control, Galileo will not have a lightning connector for the foreseeable future. However, we are moving swiftly on a Bluetooth model that will work seamlessly with your iPhone 5.
We are testing several Bluetooth solutions simultaneously, but the one we expect to launch with utilizes a Bluetooth Low Energy module, or BLE. This means Galileo will be able to communicate with other BLE iOS devices. Specifically, they are iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod Touch 5th generation, and presumably the iPhone 5S. These are the “docked devices” that will work with Galileo. However, a broader range of devices, like an iPad, can act as the “remote” device.
The remote communicates with the docked device over the Internet using wifi or cellular data. When the docked device receives a command over the internet, it then sends that command to Galileo via Bluetooth. It is worthwhile to note that with Bluetooth, the “docked” device doesn’t need to be physically docked in Galileo to communicate since the connection is wireless. With that in mind, we hope to see some creative uses. If you already have something inventive in mind, share with us on facebook.
There is still significant development required so we have not identified a specific date yet. We know many of you would like to have an idea of how long it will take so you can make a better decision on which Galileo you want as your reward. We hesitate to offer a timeline for this, but we hope to ship the Bluetooth model 2-4 months after we release the 30-pin model. Remember, that is a rough estimate. :)
Charging and Battery Life
Galileo has a standard micro USB port and comes with a micro USB cable. You can use any USB charger to connect to Galileo, a 5v 2a charger is best. There is also a 1 amp-hour Lithium Polymer battery in Galileo that will last all day with average use. Bluetooth Low Energy uses very little power and will not a have significant impact on battery life. However, we have not performed endurance tests on the Bluetooth model yet.
While the PCB layout, firmware, and several internal components are having to change, Galileo will be the same size and have the same elegant look. It will appear as though we simply swapped out the 30-pin connector for a Bluetooth radio. The less we change, the sooner we can ship.
We hope that clarifies what’s going on with iPhone 5 compatibility. If we missed something, we will address it in future updates.
As we mentioned before, once we can confidently identify an exact date to start shipping, we will send out reward confirmations and instructions for those who haven’t paid for shipping yet.
We will continue to post updates weekly.
Thank you for your support!
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