I have some good news and I have… even better news. Which do you want first? :-)
The good news
OK so there are actually 2 pieces of good news:
1) Two extra non-slip pads FREE: First off, after your feedback from the last update I decided to add not just one but two more silicone non-slip pads to each Smarter Stand at no extra cost to you. No need to update your pledges or do anything. Everyone will get them. This means you'll be able to achieve the portrait stand positions I demonstrated in the last update #10.
It will be up to you to decide how many you want to use and whether you want to keep the extra 2 as backup. Note that this is a Kickstarter project bonus ONLY. We will probably go back to 1 or 2 non-slip pads when the product is sold in retail stores.
Personally, I have been using my iPad with 3 non-slip pads for the past 48h as shown in the photo above and I am loving it! Not only does it give me more stand options as the video in update #10 shows but it enables my iPad to grip the table incredibly well which is handy for games, etc. and it already saved my iPad from an accidental water spill thanks to the pads elevating the device slightly off the table. I'm sure it will also be handy to protect from scratches for the same reason.
2) We're running on schedule: The factory just reported the tooling for the long run production as "on schedule". That means the product is on track to ship first week of October as planned.
I've tried my best to keep this project as transparent as possible so for those who are curious about what happens between now and October and why it takes so long, I summarized the process at the bottom of this update.
Even better news: how you can get your order 2 weeks sooner
The even better news is that we've figured out a way to get some of your orders to you 2 weeks earlier than planned BUT if you want to benefit from that I may need some action on your part. So read on.
Normally, the containers ship by boat which takes about 2-3 weeks. That's obviously the most cost effective way to ship. But it turns out that I can shrink that shipping time from 2-3 weeks to 3 days by shipping some of the containers by air.
The only problem is that it's outrageously expensive... You already know that if you've tried to buy an international plane ticket lately!
So here's the deal: I am willing to pay the extra cost of accelerated shipping out of my pocket but I can only afford to do it for orders of 3 Smarter Stands or more. Read on to see how it plays out based on your existing pledge.
If you've pledged for 1 or 2 Smarter Stands
Why would you need 3 or more Smarter Stands? Imagine you're getting your Smarter Stand and it's already autumn, the leaves are turning yellow and the holidays are right around the corner… wouldn't a few extra Smarter Stands make great stocking stuffers? How about birthdays coming-up?
If you've pledged for 1 or 2 units and wish to order more to get your Smarter Stands early and make some friends happy, you can easily change your reward by logging on to your Kickstarter account and click “Manage Your Pledge.” Change your reward to the new selection of 3 or more Smarter Stands and make sure to change your pledge amount accordingly too.
Note for Early Birds: if you already locked-in one of the early bird pledges and wish to keep your discounted price while adding on more units to your order, just log into your Kickstarter account and click “Manage Your Pledge.” Enter the total amount of your new pledge in the pledge amount box. To calculate your new pledge amount, keep your early bird price for the first Smarter Stand and just add $14 per additional unit you want to add to your order. As mentioned above, if you order a total of 3 or more units, your package will automatically qualify for the accelerated shipping.
If you've pledged for 1 or 2 units and don't want to order more, I can offer you to get the accelerated shipping by adding $6 for 1 Smarter Stand or $9 for 2 to your pledge amount.
But frankly, for that price, you might consider upgrading to 3 units, sharing them with friends, and getting the accelerated shipping free. It's up to you though! To add $6 or $9 to your pledge amount, just log into your Kickstarter account and click “Manage Your Pledge.” Enter the total amount of your new pledge (old pledge + $6 or $9) in the pledge amount box.
I really want to stress that you're not obligated to do anything! So if you don't, you'll still receive your Smarter Stand(s) in October as promised when you pledged.
If you've already pledged for 3 or more Smarter Stands
If you've already pledged for 3 Smarter Stands or more, you're all set. No need to do anything. You'll get your Smarter Stands early at no extra cost. That said you may still consider ordering more for example if you think you might need some for the holidays: it's possible that you won't have a chance to order extra ones later and get them in time for the holidays.
If you haven't backed the project yet
All the above applies to new pledges as well. The accelerated shipping will be automatically applied to your order if you order 3 Smarter Stands or more or if you pledge for less units but add $6 for 1 or $9 for 2 Smarter Stands to your pledge amount.
Summary of what happens from now until October
As mentioned at the beginning of this update, here's a summary of the process for those who are curious about what happens between now and October:
- The final tool that will be used to make the clips will be completed around mid-August
- Then we go into a cycle of making test parts, trying them out and fine tuning the tool
- Once it's perfectly tuned, we need to run the whole production
- Then packages are assembled in a plant with all the parts (clips, pads, packaging, ...)
- Finished packages are shipped in containers by boat (or air) and then to you by mail locally
That's a lot of steps for sure but October was the estimated delivery and we're on track if not slightly ahead, especially for those who will take advantage of the accelerated shipping.