The Hydra iPhone App is Ready
I'm pleased to announce that the Hydra iPhone App is now available for download from the app store. The app is, of course, free to download and use.... Read more
End-of-Year Sale on Hydras
With only a handful of exceptions, all Kickstarter pre-orders have now shipped. The mobile apps are coming soon.
The Hydra can now be purchased on our website, and we are... Read more
Using the Bluetooth Expansion Board
Hey everyone! I just uploaded a video that describes how to use the Bluetooth Expansion Board with the Hydra. See below.
Please note that the iPhone... Read more
Monday is the day
Bluetooth Awards will Ship Next Week
Hey everyone, I apologize for the long silence. The awards that include the Bluetooth expansion will begin shipping next week on Monday, with the... Read more
Hey everyone, I thought I'd let you know that the blue enclosures have arrived and we are shipping them now (they are beautiful, BTW - this is probably... Read more
Hydra Datasheet now Published
The datasheet for the Hydra can be downloaded here: http://www.chrobotics.com/docs/Hydra_datasheet.pdf
Instructional videos and other details about the Hydra can be found on the Hydra product web-page: http://www.chrobotics.com/hydra
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Important! A Change in Baud Rate
Unsupported Baud Rates
This represents a rather large oversight on my part, but it appears that the baud rate that the Hydras have been using by default is not supported... Read more
Our First Week of Shipping
This week we shipped a little under 100 Hydras from the $169 and $189 reward tiers. As mentioned earlier, we don't have the blue enclosures back from the anodization... Read more
Testing and Calibration
Testing and Calibration
Forgive me for posting so many updates in quick succession, but I thought some of you might be interested to see what we do to test and... Read more
Shipping, and Tutorial Videos
We are still on-track to start shipping tomorrow. I know... it's surprising, right?
I've significantly changed the layout of the PC software for controlling the Hydra.... Read more
We will start shipping on Monday, Aug. 26th
You'll be happy to hear that we are certain to be shipping by Monday August 26th at the latest. We will begin by shipping black and redHydra rewards... Read more
The Hydra Takes Flight
The Hydra Takes Flight
For the past year at CH Robotics, we have been working on an Air Force SBIR project that has involved the development and implementation of a... Read more
Thread-Forming Taps, etc.
It turns out that there is a difference between thread-forming and thread-cutting taps. The distinction escaped me, but it works out that thread-forming taps require a much... Read more
A Quick Change of Plans
Hey everyone. In my last update, I indicated that because we were having trouble tapping the holes on the already-anodized parts, we were probably going... Read more
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
A lot has happened and it is time for another update. To summarize, we are in the home stretch and things are moving quickly. There have been a... Read more
PCBs are Ready, Enclosures are Getting There...
We now have 533 Hydras PCBs assembled and ready to go. They haven't all been functionally tested yet, but they've each passed a careful visual inspection under our... Read more
Modified Enclosure Design, and Stacks of Circuit Boards
A while ago I slightly modified the Hydra enclosure design so that it has small mounting tabs on the sides. I realized that I haven't really told anyone,... Read more
PCBs are beginning to arrive
PCB Assembly Update
Assembled PCBs are finally starting to trickle in from the assembly house. They shipped 16 on Wednesday, 33 yesterday, and they say that the remainder will be... Read more
Custom packaging for the Hydra
We are in the process of finalizing the packaging for shipping the Hydra and its accessories. Taking into account the cost of cutting dies, printing, and minimum order quantities, it... Read more
We've had a lot of requests for updates, so here is the latest.
We dropped off the PCBs and parts at our PCB assembly house a little under... Read more
Increased output voltage range, and delivery timeline
Increasing the Output Voltage Range
When we started assembling Hydras in bulk, we noticed some problems that I probably should have anticipated but didn't. When stacking the tolerances for all... Read more
ESD tests, manufacturing update
Today, with the help of a friend with some nice equipment, we did ESD tests on the exposed pins of the Hydra and on the enclosure itself. We... Read more
New video - Using a Serial Terminal
Using a serial terminal to control the Hydra
I just recorded a new video demonstrating how to control the Hydra from a serial terminal. Have a look!
Manufacturing updates and pictures
Panelized PCBs Have Arrived
I miscalculated and this took longer than anticipated, but we've finally received the final revision of the Hydra PCB, panelized and ready to go. The stencil... Read more
The parts have started to arrive! The aluminum stock for milling the Hydra enclosures arrived yesterday, and today we received most of the parts we need to start assembling the... Read more
- 479 backers
- 921% funded at $92,154
Thanks to everyone for your support. We are excited by the amount of interest the Hydra has generated, and we are working... Read more
Featured on DJ Grandpa's Crib
Hey everyone. I was interviewed on DJ Grandpa's Crib recently to discuss the Hydra Kickstarter campaign. I talk about some of the history behind CH Robotics and the motive for... Read more
Updated noise specifications for the Hydra
New Noise Data
Hey everyone! We've collected more detailed information about the noise specifications for the Hydra. The spec we provided on our Kickstarter page was a worst-case estimate, and... Read more
Second stretch goal met with 20 days to go!
With 20 days remaining in the campaign, we've already met 600% of our original funding goal. At $60k, this meets our second stretch goal with plenty of time... Read more
Stretch Goal 1 Met and Surpassed
Stretch Goal 1: $30k - COMPLETED!
I'm happy to report that early today we met our first stretch goal of $30k. Everyone who pledged enough to receive a Hydra will... Read more
Fully funded in 28 hours!
We are pleased by the amount of interest the Hydra has generated so early in the campaign, and would like to say thanks to all those who have... Read more