The home stretch!
Hi everybody! Hope you are all enjoying the last remaining days of summer. Or winter, for our southern hemisphere backers.
The long and the short of it is... we're busy. Really busy. But good busy. We're testing Spark Cores off the sample run; we're finalizing the end-to-end communications of the Spark Cloud; we're buying shields, PCBs, components, notebooks, packaging, stickers, and so on and so forth. We're getting closer and closer to delivery and are still on schedule to begin shipping on October 14.
Delivery: locking addresses September 15
The majority of you have been absolutely amazing about answering your backer survey and requests for details regarding extra pledges. If you have not done so yet - it is important that you either fill out the survey or contact us with your address and reward choices. We need time to verify, clean-up and get final quantity details to the logistics company handling our shipping, we will be LOCKING ADDRESSES AND REWARD CHOICES ON SEPTEMBER 15. If you have moved or will be moving prior to October 14th, send your new address to firstname.lastname@example.org before September 15.
If you have not sent us your shipping information and reward choices by September 15, it will likely delay the shipment of your Cores and other rewards.
We know you guys love pictures, so here are some snapshots of the things that we're working on!
The latest version of the Core hanging out in Minneapolis...
An up close look at the logic buffers that used to sit on the Core - these have actually been replaced by even smaller packages.
In August, we did a final shield design review as a team where we discussed the ergonomics and aesthetics of the shields. Final shields will actually be in white not green :)
As those following us on Twitter will know, we're into taking "lolcommits" whenever we push new code to github. These are a few of our favorites from the past month. We're pushing lots of code in anticipation of delivery.
A look at our office in Minneapolis. We're here a lot.
Last but not least, we put together a very quick cut of some videos of us in Minneapolis at CoCo, the co-working space where we work. It's silly but we thought we'd share it so you can get an idea of what it's like to work at Spark. Thanks to Finley Knight for the music!
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