Yesterday I opened up a box from China and found that 991 Ubertooth One packages had arrived intact! Since this is the first time I've ever had them (or anything of such complexity) manufactured, I decided to do some testing of my own. The factory went through a test procedure of my design, but I wanted to validate the results, both to make sure that the factory testing caught the types of failures it was intended to catch and to determine if there are additional failure modes I should test for in the future.
I started with a sample of 68 units and found that 3 of them failed. To make sure this wasn't a freak result, I continued testing more units. Unfortunately the failure rate continued at about 5%. I don't think this is terribly bad for the first production run of a brand new product, but I don't want to ship you guys boards with that high a failure rate. It wouldn't be fun for 5% of you backers to receive bad units and have to wait for replacements to be shipped, especially since more than a quarter of you are international, so I am going to personally test every single board before it is shipped.
It will take a while to test so many boards, but I will work on them at every opportunity until they are done. I don't expect to ship any on Monday as I had hoped, but I will get them out to you as soon as I can, possibly shipping rewards for different pledge levels on different days.
If the anti-static bag containing your Ubertooth One ends up looking like it was cut open with scissors and re-sealed with a household iron, that's because it was! Consider it a mark of quality.
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Jan 29, 2011 - Feb 28, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $15 or more
and receive an Ubertooth One printed circuit board that you can use to build your own Ubertooth One or keep as a souvenir. You will also receive a single-use laser-cut stencil to make the assembly process easier.
Pledge $30 or more
and receive a printed circuit board and stencil for building your own Ubertooth One. In addition, you'll receive a fully assembled and tested pogoprog, a serial programming device that you can use to load firmware onto your Ubertooth One.
Pledge $100 or more
and receive fully a assembled and tested Ubertooth One.
Pledge $180 or more
and receive two assembled and tested Ubertooth Ones.
Pledge $220 or more
50 backers All gone!
and receive one assembled and tested Ubertooth One plus one special Kickstarter Edition Ubertooth One featuring the LPC1759 processor, an enclosure, and a special antenna.
Pledge $221 or more
15 backers All gone!
and receive one assembled and tested Ubertooth One plus one special Kickstarter Edition Ubertooth One featuring the LPC1759 processor, an enclosure, and a special antenna. This is the same as the $220 reward, but I was able to open up a few more slots.