The final push - shipping wood tables!
At long last <queue trumpets> we have begun shipping our wood tables! During our campaign we received pre-orders for ~1500 metal tables, and ~45 wood tables. Both quantities were an unexpected (though welcome) surprise - the first because of the sheer number; the second because of the reward prices (in rare territory for Kickstarter). Many people then and now have asked why the wood tables are so much more expensive. I could itemize the many reasons which involve everything from the external furniture to the internal mechanism to the software, but these are explained in detail on both our campaign page as well as our company pages. The basic answer: because a lot more goes into making them, inside and out. We know it has been hard for our wood table backers to read about all the metal tables that have shipped, and the many glowing testimonials in the comments section and on social media. We thank you for being so patient, especially since your level of backing (a.k.a. trust) was so much higher. There were many factors that slowed us down (I have touched on each during prior updates) - but all were related to our uncompromising goal that these tables exemplify the highest level of quality. Perfection can never be fully realized, but we feel confident these tables are now ready. Looking forward to hearing from our wood table backers after you've had a chance to experience your long-awaited Sisyphus tables!
We have finished shipping all* of our metal table rewards!
*Well, we have shipped every one of them that we have surveys filled out for and taxes / duties paid for (if international). I hope this announcement catches the attention of the 85 or so backers who have not yet done so! If that's you, please contact us!! (We will honor your KS pre-order as long as we remain in business, but NOW would be a really good time to complete our fulfillment to you :).
Development of our app and the firmware running on the tables continues. We've made some changes in our developer team, and just pushed a new release of the firmware (please update your tables using either the app or the web browser interface). No dramatic changes, but you may notice things like more efficient homing between track and playlist changes, better stability of auto-dimming, better on-boarding experience (getting your table connected the first time), and better import of SVG images. We are still working hard toward getting the "Community" section of the app functional - this is where you will be able to download new tracks (and upload to share with others if you are the creative sort). In the interim, if you are interested in what others have already contributed, and trying their tracks on your table, checkout the links on this page on our company's FAQ.
We are now fully moved into our new digs, ~10,000 sf in three adjacent spaces, right next to the main loading dock. Not only is it bigger and more efficient for our production stream, but we now have a showroom with enough space for both a 10' prototype of the work I installed in Canberra, in 1013, and also a 5' diameter one-off version from 2012.
On my to-do list for some time has been updating the ancient control hardware for these legacy Sisyphi to our current WiFi-connected Raspberry Pi system. They are now both running the very same software running in your tables. But the final "hardware upgrade challenge" was completed just last week: converting Sisyphus II's control (I wrote about and showed pics of this beast in update #9, November, 2016). Built in 1999 for an art competition hosted at the Science Museum of Minnesota, it required a PC running DOS to operate. It's surreal to now be able to control it with my phone using the Sisyphus app! It's currently up and running at Leonardo's Basement (a local educational center for kids that emphasizes experimentation).
And finally, your moment of Zen: