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What music brings to your ears, Sisyphus brings to your eyes. Kinetic art, technology and design merged in stunning meditative beauty.
What music brings to your ears, Sisyphus brings to your eyes. Kinetic art, technology and design merged in stunning meditative beauty.
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The final push - shipping wood tables!

Posted by Bruce Shapiro (Creator)
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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! 

packing and crating
packing and crating
Jimmy imparting words of encouragement as a wood table embarks on its journey
Jimmy imparting words of encouragement as a wood table embarks on its journey

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 :).

Other stuff:

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.

recent creation shared by a backer, ready to play on your table!
recent creation shared by a backer, ready to play on your table!

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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.

5 foot and 10 foot diameter Sisyphi in our new showroom
5 foot and 10 foot diameter Sisyphi in our new showroom
Dithermaster tracks on the 10 footer
Dithermaster tracks on the 10 footer

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).

Sisyphus II's guts, and the now retired interface from 1999
Sisyphus II's guts, and the now retired interface from 1999
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Sisyphus II's Sisbot in our new prototyping lab, after the jump from C on DOS to JavaScript on Linux. Note the musical sound of its old steppers :)

And finally, your moment of Zen: 

Bev (my wife and our CFO) has always been an integral part of Sisyphus - at the old Science Museum building in St. Paul, 1999
Bev (my wife and our CFO) has always been an integral part of Sisyphus - at the old Science Museum building in St. Paul, 1999
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    1. Bruce Shapiro Creator on

      @Cindy -
      I hate to even think about your table being in storage! We don't have a ready-made solution just yet, but at least a couple backers have successfully made their own from inexpensive materials that are easy to cut - like cardboard or Coroplast (Home Depot carries it). Also, please see the comments on our Community forums: https://sisyphus-industries.com/community/table-customization/adding-bottom-cover-to-deter-cats-toddlers-from-investigating-wiring/

    2. Bruce Shapiro Creator on

      @ Virginie - Merci beaucoup!
      Great to hear your table is bringing both you and your customers joy. It means a lot to us that people like you take the time to give us feedback.

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      Virginie LEPAGE on

      Nous avons reçu notre table il y a 3 semaines. L'emballage était parfait. Nous l'avons installée dans notre magasin de minéraux et nos clients passent de longues minutes à contempler la naissance de ces Mandalas éphémères et ça les rend heureux et détendus...
      Merci à toute l'équipe. Oui ce fut long, mais nous avons été tenu régulièrement de l'avancée et des retards de ce projet ambitieux. Vu d'ici vous avez été très professionnels et très honnêtes dans votre communication. Félicitations !
      Bruno & Virginie
      Jura - France

      We received our table 3 weeks ago. The packaging was perfect. We have installed it in our mineral store and our customers spend long minutes contemplating the birth of these ephemeral Mandalas and it makes them happy and relaxed ...
      Thanks to the whole team. Yes it was a long time, but we were regularly informed of the progress and delays of this ambitious project. Seen from here you have been very professional and very honest in your communication. Congratulations!
      Bruno & Virginie
      Jura - France

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      Dennis Adams on

      I'm honored to have my tracks on your ten foot table. They look so different there! Maybe I need to make tighter versions for larger tables (since the ball is so small, relatively).

    5. Cindy Vanous on

      Hi, all! Now that your big shipping push is over (woot!), any word on undercarriage covers? Still sad that our beautiful table is in storage instead of on display, because the entire mechanism is exposed underneath, and our cats would demolish it the instant it started to move. 😢