Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 21, 2012.

Update #26

Update from Instacube

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Hi Backers!

We’ve been making great progress and are now about 2 weeks away from a pilot build of Instacube, scheduled the week of November 11.

Software

Software development is going well and we’re making final tweaks before calling a feature freeze on this version for the pilot build. We have been finalizing the user interface to improve streaming speed, navigation, and the slideshow experience. There are also other important system improvements, such as how the system handles Wi-Fi hot spots and image caching. We are also testing the backend system to ensure we can send you software updates to the Instacube and release new features regularly in the future.

Our UX designers have been making modifications to ensure that the out-of-the-box experience will be smooth, seamless and intuitive for any user. Changes have included everything from fonts, iconography and menu navigation, to how the carousel is presented. You can see in the screenshot below that the carousel now shows the latest image directly from the Instagram streams.  

We’re excited about these changes and look forward to your feedback.

Manufacturing

On the manufacturing side, final tooling modifications are in progress and we expect to make new plastic parts in two weeks. We are adding a foot on the back of the unit to increase stability and we’re modifying the internal mechanical structure to improve how we secure the components in place and ensure that the Instacube can pass reliability and quality requirements.

Here are a couple of photos of the tool for the back housing.  

Packaging samples are also being made this week for transportation and storage testing.  

Beta Test

We’re excited to tell you we will soon be shipping the pilot units to Kickstarter backers who will be invited to participate in our Beta Test. Getting user feedback will be critical in helping us refine the product and involving our backers is very important to us. 

  We are putting together our plan for selecting participants and collecting feedback to ensure we have an effective system for capturing and incorporating this data. More information on the how and what will be coming very soon.

Thanks again for your continued support,

The Instacube Team

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      Creator Kent on November 18

      hey i just got an email about being a beta tester :D and i get to keep a test unit + my original orders...

      i'm pretty stoked :D

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      Creator abacker on November 13

      UPDATE TIME... STOP SLIPPIN

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      Creator Andrew Moudry on November 11

      You deserve to be out in jail for this fraud of a project

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      Creator Matteo Adreani on November 11

      Two wks are passed. Any update?

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      Creator Ariel Hernandez on November 7

      Can't wait... If u need a beta tester, I'm ur guy

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      Creator Heri Sim on November 3

      Avoid the scarcity mindset that causes tunnel vision, and you will be able to get on to doing it.

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      Creator Lee Thomas on October 31

      How do i submit my new address for delivery? I have a two year contract at new place hoping ill get the not so insta-cube by then?

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      Creator Julian Nam on October 30

      @Joe @Tom: Yup, this is definitely a surprise. Looks like they might actually come through with this!

      @Instacube Team: Thanks for the update. I'll stop badmouthing you for a while. ;)

      @Brian: I've backed 13 projects so far. About half of them shipped on time and most of the others shipped within three months of the estimated delivery time. This is the only one that has slipped over six months. So "NEVER ... on time" is quite a bit of an exaggeration.

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      Creator Charlie Carrick on October 29

      Fingers crossed!

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      Creator Tom Ryan on October 29

      I agree with Joe. It will be a nice surprise when this shows up...good, solid update too.

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      Creator gryphonent on October 29

      Smoke and mirrors.

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      Creator Peter Frykman on October 29

      Good to see the photos. Thanks for the update.

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      Creator Bee on October 29

      Since news said that Instagram is going to show advertisement in our neews feed, I was wondering if you maybe can implement the flick API. That way we may access thousand of grat photographs without ads. That would be great. I mean, who wants ads running on a digital photo frame?

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      Creator CK on October 29

      Since instagram supports video now, can instacube still handle it?

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      Creator Zach Middleton on October 28

      Fantastic update! The UI looks nice and clean and adding a foot is a great idea. I can't wait to have this on my desk at work!

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      Creator Rob Kubasko on October 28

      Very concise, meaningful update. The comments so far reflect it too. It's nice to see positive comments outnumber the negative ones for once. Products are always hard to see the light of day even without management mistakes. Looking forward to these showing up one day... hopefully D2M can get the majority of the production manufacturing in before the Lunar New Year early next year.

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      Creator Mac Senour on October 28

      @Joe I'm with you on this. If it shows up, great, if not, eh.

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      Creator Brian LaPan on October 28

      Obviously a lot of Kickstarter noobs here.

      I have NEVER received a kickstarted project that included manufacturing on time. I know that the page doesn't want to say that, but it has to be the rarest of the rare occurrence here. I'm still waiting (patiently) for items that were supposed to be delivered 2 holiday season's ago. It's how this seems to work.

      So far, none of the projects I've backed have failed to fulfill. And I don't expect this one to fail, either.

      I'd prefer that the product is well made, designed AND delivered complete. I still love the concept and am looking forward to receiving mine when it becomes available.

      Keep the faith.

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      Creator Ryan Overeem on October 28

      Nice one. New video of UI on the way?

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      Creator Khaled on October 28

      Great update - looking forward to this...

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      Creator Joe Sergeant on October 28

      Not even mad anymore. It'll be a nice surprise when one turns up in the future. Like a parcel you forgot you ordered.

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      Creator Nikolas Reitz on October 28

      Keep my fingers crossed that it will emerge into reality

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      Creator Scott Paterson on October 28

      Thanks for the update. Would love to beta test this. It's what I do for a living.

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      Creator Ian Cremona on October 28

      Looks *promising*, added reminder in calender for November 11

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      Creator Laird Popkin on October 28

      Trying to ignore the history. The update looks good. Can we see the US or final physical design?

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      Creator Jared Romanowich on October 28

      At this point, I have more hope of getting coal in my Christmas stocking than this thing.. least IT'S not in beta.

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      Creator Jeremy Krantz on October 28

      Is there a way to get refunded on this?

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      Creator Matt Rickman on October 28

      LOL All the people that are expecting this for Christmas. If you're lucky you'll get this... someday.

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      Creator ochetski on October 28

      I'm so excited about Instacube, wish I was a beta tester.

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      Creator Brandon Smith on October 28

      You almost have everyone forgetting that we are over a year in, and still doing beta tests! You guys rock!

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      Creator Jill Fung on October 28

      And another question: will you be sending the finished products in order of what pledge level was made or?? thanks!

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      Creator Jill Fung on October 28

      Chris Messina is making a great point! My address has changed since then also. An email updating all your backers (who haven't left the scene by now) would be great! thanks!

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      Creator Jill Fung on October 28

      do you think we will be able to get them before Christmas ? Or am I being to wishful thinking at this point?

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      Creator Chris Messina on October 28

      Will you be able to send out another survey? My address has changed and my Instacube will need to be shipped somewhere else!

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      Creator Patrick Monnier on October 28

      Great news, hope to have them before Christmas

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      Creator Kelvin on October 28

      haven't complained once yet... and patiently waiting. = ) pushing something out is a long and
      difficult journey

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      Creator Kelly Hosch on October 28

      Would be nice Holiday surprise for ALL your backers to get them before then end of the year….

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      Creator jessie gillie on October 28

      Wow, what a company, they do such a great job!

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      Creator JEFFREY HEMPHILL on October 28

      Nice! This will be the digital photo frame to beat! More features than the top of the line out there. :)

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      Creator Matthew on October 28

      This is gone be the biggest thing since the flying car.

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      Creator Eric on October 28

      I am starting to get my hopes up again.... please don't disappoint.

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      Creator Matt Wakeman on October 28

      So next update on 12 November?

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      Creator Kent on October 28

      Despite the past history associated w this project, it's great that we're making more progress w this.

      Let's hope we make it through and get the ball really rolling. Good luck

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      Creator Anees Younis on October 28

      This is probably one of the most exciting Kickstarter projects I've backed and I can't wait to get it in my hands!

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      Creator Marcus Vorwaller on October 28

      Nice! Glad to see progress is being made! Better late than never.

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      Creator Steve Black Jr. on October 28

      Awesome!!

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