1Q update + inspiration
We just crossed the 1250% mark today and the support is still accelerating! As you might imagine, there are alot of ramp-up activities going on here, as well as writing responses to all of your emails. We love the dialog, great feedback!
A couple of brief project updates while we are waiting for more pre-production units to arrive:
Tooling – being textured at the moment, plastic parts with 30% recycled content will begin to show up in production quantities within the next 2 weeks. Note: texture = full commitment, no turning back!
Certification – pre-production units are out for certification testing now: CE, FCC, Ctick, etc. We are prepping 1Q to be world-ready, with US, EU, UK and AUS plug ends for the power adaptor as well.
Wood – Walnut and Bamboo are looking great, Red Beech is still being refined – needs to be perfect!
Parts, components, etc. - production components are beginning to show up, looks like everything is on schedule so far.
Press – A quick search of 1Q will show you the press we’ve been getting; nice mentions on Techcrunch, Gearpatrol and Engadget to name a few with more on the way. Check the project page for links…
One of the great features of Kickstarter, as you know, is the ability to share a bit of the story behind our project. One of our inspirations here is this Admiral tube radio from the 40’s that I picked up at a garage sale when I was 12. It has survived my attempt to restore it in 7th grade shop class, 20 or so apartment moves and somehow, it looks better then ever. It’s followed me everywhere; I could never find a good reason to part with it.
While the beauty, acoustic performance and renewability of wood are really great, it’s how wood actually improves with age (ie: scratches, dents, a 12 year old with sand paper, etc.) that truly separates it from plastic. Plastic is disposable, whereas you tend to bond with things made of wood; after a while it’s hard to kick them out…
We hope the 1Q has that same effect on you!