Mass production is looming…
So, we ran a trial production to shake down the manufacturing processes and unleashed a handful of units in the real world for some usage. From this we have:
- made some adjustments to the 'feel' of the zoom in firmware (i.e. the rate at which the buttons send messages to the app)
- added some weight to the controller. The feel and balance now is beautiful
At the bottom of this update are photos of a production-ready controller with iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 cases.
We have also been working on the packaging. snappgrip will have a retail launch at CTIA in Las Vegas in May and if any backers are visiting the show, please make contact through Kickstarter and we will be delighted to show you the product.
The packaging is a simple retail box with a hang tag. What's pictured here is not final artwork or copy but it's close albeit too 'Chinglish'… Final artwork has been approved. Also pictured is the inner tray that carries the case, controller and USB charger.
Also uploaded is a very poor quality video (the delightful Sony NEX we use for video went walkabout so this was quickly done on an old Canon PowerShot G9 that is really unhappy interacting with Macs :( ). The video gives a quick walkthrough of the mode control, zoom functions and shutter in conjunction with the revised app that will be bundled with snappgrip. We are also actively working to support several 3rd party developers of high end photography apps such that they can embed support for snappgrip into their apps.
Finally, production schedule. We plan to produce c.1,000 units during May from which Kickstarter rewards will be fulfilled. The running order is:
1. iPhone 4 S and iPhone 5
2. iPhone 4
3. Samsung Galaxy S3
Galaxy S3 has well documented BTLE incompatibilities and we are working hard with our BT chipset developer to find the best way to overcome these. It's been done before as there are a handful of Galaxy S3 BTLE accessories in the market.
So, we're nearly there :) Thanks to the vast majority of you who have supported this project with good wishes, patience and a lack of accusations and insults. We're excited to get this out into the world very shortly.
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The snappgrip case for iPhone 4, iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3. Perhaps you'd rather wait until we're in the market but you'd like to stay connected to the project and you need a phone case. This reward is just for you and rest assured, that once we're in production you'll be able to purchase the snappgrip controller too!Estimated delivery:
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A snappgrip-branded mohzy loop USB/micro-USB cable with Apple 30-pin adaptor. We are offering these as part of the snappgrip accessory package as they've got great design and functions. Here's an opportunity to show your support for our project (thank you!) and get a great accessory for your phone or camera at the same time.Estimated delivery:
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We're setting a stretch goal of £30k by the end of the project. To see if we can achieve that we've put together a new £20 pledge level aimed at the 500+ existing backers. It's an accessory package comprising: - controller carry pouch - snappgrip-branded mini tripod - snappgrip-branded Mohzy loop micro USB cable This was a great suggestion from one of our backers (thanks!) and let's see what happens between now and Monday.Estimated delivery:
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A special snappgrip price for the next 500 backers of our project. Thank you for your interest and support. You're a true early adopter of snappgrip and will receive a complete package including the phone case and controller.Estimated delivery:
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The standard package. The snappgrip case and controller at 30% less than our planned retail price! We really hope you enjoy your snappgrip.Estimated delivery:
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The full monty! For the retail price of snappgrip, you'll receive the case, camera controller, mini-tripod, mohzy loop usb cable and a controller carry pouch for the full snappgrip experience and a saving of £30 over buying separately.Estimated delivery:
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Inspired by camera manufacturers' limited edition models, to mark snappgrip's debut on KickStarter, we are planning a 50-unit limited run of gold-plated and brown leather snappgrip controllers. Each unit will be sequentially numbered, carry a certificate of authenticity signed by Lee & Rex and delivered in a commemorative box. We undertake that this production will be a one-off limited edition and you'll be one of a handful of owners of something very unique.Estimated delivery:
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