Update on v2
BRCKs Shipped, a Holiday Offer, Nile Expedition video, and v2 Options
A BRCK Shipping Update (July)
BRCK: A problem of amps
All BRCKs shipped!
We’re so thankful to all of you for your support in helping get the BRCK off the ground. The journey has been long, and we’re happy to say that we’ve shipped out 99% of the v1 BRCKs for Kickstarter backers (custom painted ones are the last to go, and they're almost done too. See below!).
Throughout this last year we’ve made significant design changes, tested the device, shipped the device, iterated on both the software and hardware, all to ultimately make the ability to get online in low-infrastructure environments possible.
A Holiday Offer!
Do you have an adventurous loved-one or a gadget-loving family member? Give them a BRCK so they can stay connected in their travels and slow greying hair caused by poor internet connectivity.
As a thank you to all Kickstarter backers of BRCK who are on the hunt for a last-minute Christmas gift, we’re doing a special where we’ll throw in for free a $20 antenna on your next purchase up until Dec 31. Just go to this page.
Holiday Deal: all BRCKs sold before December 31st will come with a free BRCK antenna!
Have a Merry Connected Christmas!
What’s happening with v2?
A number of you ordered BRCK v2, the next design and concept for what a BRCK should be, which has been slow to come out as we’ve been forced to focus and iterate on the current BRCK v1 so much. If any of you who have a v2 order would rather have a v1 now instead, please email us and we’ll get one shipped to you. However, if you’re willing to wait for the v2, which we’re estimating will be out in late 2015, we think you’ll be extremely happy. While we can’t share too much yet, I can say it’ll be faster, smarter and easier to use than ever.
A BRCK Expedition: EdTech on the Nile
We had a BRCK Expedition to Uganda to explore EdTech in rural African school settings in October. In addition to working with Hackers for Charity, connecting schools around Jinja, and wirelessly controlling underwater robots, we wanted to explore the IoT side of the BRCK. Check out the video to see what happened.
As we promised, BRCKs started to ship on July 17th. I know that you have been anxious and excited about getting your BRCK, trust me when I say that our team is more excited getting it to you.
We started with shipping approximately 50 devices, which would allow us to test out our production line and ensure that our shipping processes were working as expected. This also let us get a few more BRCKs into the wild, getting some quick feedback and realizing there was a fairly annoying firmware problem we needed to fix. Last week the software team worked hard to get that software patch done, and to the factory, and we shipped another 50 devices.
This week, we’re ramping up to another 100 devices shipped, with the plan that if the feedback we’re getting from the initial users is good, that we’ll start shipping in real numbers by the following week.
While this whole process might be slower than we (and you) like, it does ensure that we get properly working devices to everyone. Our efforts are built around the idea that you’ll be a lot happier getting your BRCK (that works correctly) a couple weeks late, rather than one that needs a patch or we have to do a return on with you.
BRCK Forums are Live!
People have started to give feedback and start talking to each other in the BRCK Forums, so please join our online community at BRCK Forums and feel free to add your questions, ideas and comments there too.
Erik, for the BRCK team.
"Shipping BRCKs", if you say that title out loud, and quickly enough, you’ll know how we feel just about now… :)
First shipments: July 17th
That date above is the most important thing that everyone wants to know. Next week we’ll test the BRCK production line, and ship out the first batch of devices. Finally.
It’s been all quiet on the BRCK front since May as we buckled down on two things; first, making sure the quality of the cases was up to par, and second, using this time to keep improving the software. I can tell you that we’re finally there on both items!
We’re all extremely grateful for your patience, and we’re excited to finally get the BRCK into your hands.
If you’re in Nairobi, we’re having a launch on Wednesday, July 9th at the Sarit Centre. Our partners, Sandstorm, have been kind enough to let us do a “takeover” of their store, and we’ll have BRCKs on display, showing how they can be used for business, personal use, and for connecting to the Internet of Things (IoT).
You’ll have a chance to use BRCKs, a few will walk away with free devices, and you can ask the team any questions you might have.
BRCK testing and other fun stuff:
World Cup live streaming in the African bush last weekend
There seems to be a great need for a reliable internet solution for African schools. We’re working closely with some of the groups in the education vertical in Kenya and Uganda. If you’re doing something in that space, get in touch.
Testing of the BRCK in an “edge-grid” situation last month for the Rhino Charge
We have our new website coming this week, as well as the ability for you to order a BRCK.
Thanks everyone, we'll have more updates shortly.
Erik (for the BRCK team)