The never ending story
Kickstarters, I have had several requests for an update, and rightly so. This is not an excuse but I have had a fair amount of trouble with my internet here and am sending this update via phone. I'll start with the good news... I am in Sandpoint Idaho setting up the assembly facility. It looks like we are about to secure a 16,000 square foot building (that's about 1,800 meters square for everyone outside the US;). In this building we will be able to build about 100,000 keyboards or trackpads per month. Our full website www.TransluSense.com will be going live in a couple weeks. I can't wait for you all to see it. Our brand manager and web people are really doing an amazing job. We have some big names very excited about the product and ready to help us market these all over the world. But none of this stuff really matters to you. You need your product and that is our biggest priority. So here's the bad news... We continue to run into small problems that kill our schedule. Right now the biggest issue is one of the smallest parts... The lens on the camera. We received samples from the molder and the lenses had significant sink marks in them. If you haven't heard of that, sink is a blemish like a dip in the plastic. It's caused by the uneven shrinkage of the plastic after it returns from the molten state to the solid state. It can be fixed and by itself is really not that big of a deal. The problem is that we need functional lenses to finish the touch recognition software. With the lenses we have we can't see the finger touches at all. So, your wondering how is this going to affect the schedule... Me too.. There are a couple ways this can go... I have requested adjustments to the molding process. If that fixes the problem we could have working lenses within a week. If not we will need to rebuild a portion of the lens tool which will take a few weeks or so. Either way we need time after we get good parts to finish the software and firmware which will likely be a few weeks after that. Depending on how all this goes we may ship your product with beta software and firmware allowing basic function and then give you firmware updates on line just so we can get you your keyboards and trackpads as soon as possible. One last thing... There are 14 folks out there who contributed a lot more... Their reward was going to be a prototype as well as a functional unit including their name laser etched on the product. I still plan to do the laser etching but, the prototypes, while they work OK to test fit and function, the stereolythography material they are made of is really week and won't hold a screw not to mention extremely fragile. I am up for suggestions but I was thinking two complete laser etched units would be a good alternative. Let me know your thoughts. Keep in mind, you could probably sell one one set on eBay an make most of your money back. When we release these to the public I expect the demand to far outweigh the supply! Thanks for your patients and all your tremendous support!