The beginning of good news for all of you that have waited so long! Production of Spike for the iPhone 4/4s is finally getting off the ground and we are now (1st week in July) starting to ship units. The case color for all of these very first production units we are shipping is Pitch Black, however, they will be followed shortly by units in the colors of InfraRed and Ice White. Below are photos of both the InfraRed and Ice White keyboards for your reference:
In the interest of time and expediency, the units are coming to you “plain wrapped” in standard mailing boxes, but included is a convenient instruction card with installation and usage information as well as tips & tricks and troubleshooting information. After production is in full-swing it is our intent to have available on our site an area of Usage Tips that is updated by both ourselves and by other users of Spike.
We received our first 3D printed prototypes of the new case last week for design confirmation. While the models check out and look good, the material used in place of the TPU liner is a cast urethane that is a bit soft and sticky. It is a good representation in terms of visualizing the final design, checking dimensions, etc., but the limitations of the 3D printed material make case installation and removal a bit tricky. Our keyboard supplier/manufacturer is currently producing functional samples of the new keyboard, which was significantly slimmed down. We will be building full working models in the near term. We expect to start production tooling by the end of this month (July). Production could be begin within 45 days from tooling start, but for all the obvious reasons, we are not yet prepared to cast that date in concrete.
Here's a pic of the case, we'll post more as soon as we get a completed case/keyboard combination:
We are confident that all of you backers that paid a premium price for what we believe will be an extremely cool product would appreciate knowing that we are attacking the final design and production issues. During the interim, you will receive either a Spike for the iPhone 4 or 5 (when shipping) depending on your order. Because of the much longer than anticipated production delays, we know that many of you are switching to a newer version of the iPhone. Please let us know so we can modify your order accordingly.
For the Record
To all of you, we certainly know the disappointment and frustration many of you have felt as a result of the really long delays in getting Spike off of the ground. We as the principles have been severely chastised and criticized. In part, we deserved it - we missed our original estimates by a long shot. Things were significantly more difficult and took much longer, but we have tried to keep our head down and get you the product that you originally backed with excitement and enthusiasm. We still have a long ways to go to satisfy all of you, but for what it is worth our goal is to just that. As you can figure out, these delays are costly for everyone including ourselves, not only financially, but also, in the intangibles such as goodwill and even pride. We struggled, found the money, and invested far more than the Kickstarter funds to finish development and get to where we are today. It is our goal to meet all of our commitments first, and then find a way to make up to all of you as our early supporters with something tangible that demonstrates how our team appreciates you as our backers. Stay tuned...
The SoloMatrix Team