Update from Instacube
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 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.
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.
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