MiiPC Schedule Update & More
We’re reaching out to update you on the status of our shipping date. After a lot of careful consideration, we have decided to push back the shipping date of MiiPC to September in order to deliver you the best MiiPC possible at launch.
This delay is due to a specific software component that is not quite ready from our chipset vendor. As we have only just been informed of this sudden cause of delay, we wanted to immediately alert all of you.
MiiPC have been working hard to improve your end product. So far we’ve added a microphone, offered you a double the memory option, upgraded to Android Jelly Bean and added multimedia streaming technology, allowing you to use MiiPC as a media centre. This means the delay ultimately comes down to a technology called OpenMax, which is needed to allow many popular multimedia applications to work properly. The good news is that every single MiiPC will be able to stream media, have media playback and audio recording capability.
The delay of MiiPCs shipment is not a decision we have taken lightly, and we can only apologize to each and every one of you. Getting the MiiPC devices delivered to you in a timely fashion is very important to us. We have really been looking forward to shipping the units, and we are as disappointed as you are that you now have to wait a bit longer. Sometimes software programs for brand-new hardware takes longer to develop than the actual hardware, and while our devices are prepared on the production line, we want to get you MiiPC with the final software version.
On the upside, because of your amazing feedback during our Kickstarter campaign we were able to upgrade our original idea to what it is today - we promise that it will be well worth the wait!
Major milestones and moving forwards
We are continuing full steam ahead with other progress, and on the flip side are excited to let you in on some great updates!
Here is a list of the main hardware and software tasks that our team has been developing: Green color indicates on schedule or completed, Yellow color indicates minor delay and Red color indicates significantly delayed.
While this delay is not something anyone wanted to have happen there are some additional silver linings. Early Bird backers are no longer limited to the Glossy White color (we’ll send an email out to the Early-Birds about this), all of the units we send to our backers will have a special Kickstarter logo, and we will use air shipping to further expedite the delivery in September at no extra cost to you.
Thank you for your support
We take great pride in what we do and we want you to have the best possible device.
As we ourselves continue through production we’ll keep you as up to date as soon as possible on where our chipset vendor is in terms of this multimedia middleware. You can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns at all, as we will always be here to help and want to make sure you are all fully taken care of.
We really do appreciate your patience on this, and thank you so much for your help and support in making our dream a reality. We hope that support will continue, and we're working tirelessly to make your MiiPC as perfect as they can be!
Thanks again, The MiiPC team
I am an Early Bird backer. Will I still be receiving my MiiPC first?
Yes! You Early Birds were the first people to support as and we will make sure you are the very first to get your MiiPC even if you select a color other than Glossy White. Shipments to our other backers will then be fulfilled as quickly as possible.
I am not an Early bird backer. When will my MiiPC arrive?
Once all of our Early Bird backers have had their MiiPCs shipped out we will quickly begin shipping out the August backers. After that, the rest of you should be right on schedule!
Who can I speak with if I have any questions?
If you have any questions or concerns at all please do send us a direct email at email@example.com. This way none of your sensitive information is shared online and we can answer everything as quickly as possible on an individual level.
What if I’m moving before September, can my MiiPC be delivered to my new address?
Absolutely! If you send a direct email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org (so your private information is not shared online) we will make sure your MiiPC is delivered to your new address without any problems.
What is “OpenMAX”
OpenMax is a standardized multimedia middleware that allows applications to ‘talk’ to different hardware components to provide advanced multimedia capability and compatibility. OpenMax IL serves as a low-level interface for audio, video, and imaging codecs used in embedded and/or mobile devices. It gives applications and media frameworks the ability to interface with multimedia codecs and supporting components (i.e., sources and sinks) in a unified manner. The codecs themselves may be any combination of hardware or software and are completely transparent to the user. Without a standardized interface of this nature, codec vendors must write to proprietary or closed interfaces to integrate into mobile devices. The principal goal of the IL is to give codecs a degree of system abstraction using a specialized arsenal of features, honed to combat the problem of portability among many vastly different media systems.