Backer Update #28-Beta units have shipped!
This brief update is to let you know we’ve sent out a batch of our pilot units to our Kickstarter Beta Testers today. We received a great turnout and response to our invitations and have backers participating from the U.S. and around the world. Thanks to each and every one of you who has been able agree to help with this step!
Here’s a quick update on development and manufacturing:
Software We’ve been very busy testing to make sure that the software is stable enough to ship to backers for use. One of the key issues we encountered was making sure that the “over-the-air” update process works seamlessly and can download software updates wirelessly from our server. Improvements we will continue in other areas as well including: the UI, touch scrolling, and navigation smoothness and speed. We’ll be listening carefully to the critical feedback from our Beta testers and our dedicated QA team in an effort to incorporate as much feedback as possible.
Certification Testing After our last round of EMI (Electro-Magnetic Interference) testing, we discovered we had to make some revisions to the PCBA and re-submit units to the certification lab for FCC, CE and C-Tick testing again. This will take around 3 weeks to complete and get final approval if all goes well.
Packaging and Testing We just received new samples of the final packaging from our vendor and will be running environmental and transportation testing with the packaging this week. (Beta Testers, you’re Instacubes are in less-than-final packaging, but they are shipping safely packed.)
Tooling The tooling has been finished and approved. The next step is to approve master color samples of the paint and plastic.
We’re excited to get these units out and will start sharing feedback from backers and the Beta testing.
Have a great week!
- The Instacube Team