Brief Elroy Update
I just want to let everyone know that I'm still working on this, literally, every day.
As you know, Elroy is a project that can't be completed. Development costs ended... Read more
I need to do an update to respond to one specific backer who has publicly accused me of fraud in relation to this project. Steve McMahon (@stevemcmahon40) has written a... Read more
Again, this is Update Lite™
I know these are a little tedious, but folks were requesting that I continue with weekly updates.
I'm continuing to work on several new sources... Read more
Another light Monday update
Still working on several different deals that would move the project to completion. Once again, it's impossible to know when one of these might break loose.... Read more
Not much that I can report at the moment. I'm still moving on several deals that should help get this project wrapped up. Part of the process I'm... Read more
Gonna try Monday updates again
A few of you requested that I continue with weekly updates again, so we're going to give it a shot. These are probably not going... Read more
Still moving forward
Still moving forward
I need to bring everyone up to speed here on what’s happening in the background.
Elroy has started moving much more slowly due to the fact that... Read more
Okay, you will notice that this is not a "backer only" update. That means...
Bluegiga's New Module Has Been Announced
Whew! Now I can actually communicate again.
Monday I had... Read more
Hope everyone had a great holiday and is having a great New Year.
We're currently still in our holding pattern waiting on news about the bluetooth module. I'm getting back... Read more
Mon Update on Tues.
Monday totally slipped by without me even noticing it. 'Tis the season, I guess. We're having a nice family get together here at our house in the period between Xmas and... Read more
Another quiet week. I'm still expecting more information from Bluegiga and will update everyone as soon as that comes available. It's kind of a waiting game at this point.
Wishing... Read more
We're probably going to have a few "no new news" updates coming here. I'll definitely let everyone know once we have something more definitive to report.
Until then, I hope everyone... Read more
First Clumsy Assemblies
Working through some first run assemblies right now. The first assemblies are always tough since your hands have to learn the process. Here it's about a 4... Read more
Quick update today...
Not a whole lot to report today. I just received the modified volume buttons today and they work perfectly with no additional additional tweaking required. I just... Read more
Minor Mold Modifications
While doing some initial assemblies I ran into trouble with the volume buttons. The tolerances to make these little guys function properly is very tight. Here's what... Read more
Well, we had a fumble on the play.
I was supposed to ship out our first small batch of units last week, but we had a fumble between the engineers... Read more
My Poor Laser Printer
Okay, you guys are going to kill my sad little 10 year old HP laser printer. I've been printing out all the packing lists for orders... Read more
Volume Button Colors
Last week it seemed pretty clear that most people prefer tone-on-tone for the volume buttons. That makes things much easier for me. But one of the big... Read more
We've got nearly all the component parts in to start moving production forward. I have to tell you, I'm annoying my wife these days with the number of... Read more
Another Delay :-(
Well, I had some communication errors with the factory producing the mold for the Elroy external case. I had requested that they produce what's called a soft... Read more
A Few Stats from BackerKit
Thought everyone might like a little perspective on what other people are choosing for their Elroy rewards. Maybe this is only interesting to me, I... Read more
It's Survey Time!
Okay, after spending some time going back and forth with the BackerKit people, I've decided to use their system. It's kind of expensive (IMHO) for what it... Read more
Now that I've had more time with the Elroy development process and better understand the relevant cost factors, I've spent a good part of last week going through... Read more
I've been keeping samples of each prototype I've done since I very first came up with this concept, and I thought this week I'd share them with everyone.... Read more
Lead with the bad news
Well, the bad news is, the earbuds need more time... And that's going to push out our delivery date. Yes, I could have told the... Read more
Headed back to China for a week of factory visits.
Here's a general idea of what I do on these trips. Since this is a "sans-family" trip I try to... Read more
Short update today
Our EE has a late summer vacation and will be out for the week. It's a well deserved break. He's been working long hours.
In the meantime... Read more
Here's my first video update
You'll have to accept my apologies for getting the image flipped.
So, as you can see, we have all the basic functionality going. Things... Read more
Wednesday Special Report
Just finished up our Wed meeting and here's our progress...
As you may remember, our first prototype boards were done with a board that was too thick, thus we couldn't... Read more
PCB's in today
...But the EE needs a couple of days to validate the boards. We have a weekly Wednesday morning meeting with the ME, EE and myself. This Wednesday... Read more
Another Monday rolls around and...
Still no PCB. Sorry. The file ended up going off to the prototype facility last Friday, and they have a 5 day turn. So this... Read more
Wow! Where did the week go?
Not a ton to report today. The next Elroy iteration should be done later this week. Our EE is in the process of reworking... Read more
Monday Update - Late report
Okay. I'm back in action now with new DSL service.
First, for your entertainment, I wanted to share a video I took at a small park across from the hotel... Read more
Internet still down
Had a great meeting today the the engineers. The first iteration of the PCB is operational with the expected few minor glitches. One glitch is we got a board that... Read more
Sorry gang! Just got back in town very late last night, and my Internet has gone down. (Posting this from the KS iPhone app.)
I'm meeting with our EE and... Read more
Monday Update - Back to China
I'm at the airport again getting ready to go back to China for follow ups with several of the suppliers, but I wanted to knock out a quick update before... Read more
Monday Update - Quiet week
Not a lot to report this week
Everything is in the works and moving forward, but not a ton to report.
On a total fluke I met a battery engineer... Read more
Monday Update - Video day
Back in Berkeley now
Last week I mentioned that I had some videos to post. China blocks YouTube so I wasn't able to post them while I was there, but... Read more
Monday Update - China
Today we're just going to do a little photo essay of what's been happening. Hope no one minds me throwing in a few family shots along with the work stuff.... Read more
Monday Update - More Engineering
Reeds and Halls
This week we've been working on the making sure we use the right technique for the magnetic sensing of the magnetic docking system. There are basically two... Read more
Monday Update - Engineering!
Two steps back, one step forward
Okay, I know everyone wants to know the nitty-gritty of what's happening on the inside of Elroy. Well, today I tell all, because inquiring... Read more
Earbuds off to the factory
With the holiday I almost forgot today was Monday!
We finally got through all the design details on the earbuds and they're off to the... Read more
Working with our second $1000 backer
Dallas Pyle, our second $1000 backer was in town this past week, so we went over what he wants to use for his face... Read more
Elroy T-Shirts are in!
This was an easy one for sure. But they're here and those who pledged at the $25 will be getting their rewards shortly. This is a... Read more
Elroy: Monday Update
Not much to report this week
We're still in the process of getting the mechanical engineer (ME) and the electrical engineer (EE) lined up and ready to roll. Our ME... Read more
Elroy: Monday Update
The past week has been a study in patience while we get all the engineers lined up to finish the project. I have a mechanical engineer (ME) with... Read more
Elroy: Monday Update
Timing of Surveys
The Kickstarter folks suggest waiting as close to shipping time as possible to send out the surveys to get everyone's information. For those who ordered only t-shirts,... Read more
Thank you so much for your support!
Okay, first things first.
I know everyone is wondering about the travel case. We clearly didn't make the stretch goal. But I'm totally overwhelmed at all the support that everyone... Read more
Elroy, Monday Update: 2 Days To Go
The best way you can help us get to $150k
This is where the power of social media comes into play. If I can get each of you to take... Read more
Coming down to the end soon.
Still gonna make the stretch goal, with your help!
I've watched a lot of Kickstarter projects and the week before the end is always the doldrums. Then right at the... Read more
First round earbuds
My buddy Joe is on it and working. Check out these first iterations.
Note: Cord and jack not shown in these illustrations.
Let us know what you think.
First $1000 backer!
I want to send a shout out to Remy Lee for becoming our first $1000 backer. Remy says she's very excited about designing her own Elroy faceplate... Read more
Help us create an Elroy tagline.
Every great company has a great tag line and we don't have one yet. So, we thought we'd take the opportunity to turn this into a fun game to help... Read more
Blasted through our $100K stretch goal!
Many thanks to all our backers! It's a great feeling to know that all our work to pull together a compelling product is striking a chord with customers.
I... Read more
New packaging concepts
Brook Banham is hard at work creating more packaging concepts. (Man, I love this guy's work.) Please let us know what you think about these latest ideas.
Also, everyone... Read more
I just got a great question from a backer named Matt asking how well the earbuds hold on when the Elroy is shaken. So, I did a quick "shake test"... Read more
I hope everyone had a great Easter holiday.
First, I want to announce that we've engaged Command Partners as our marketing firm for the final two weeks of this Kickstarter. CP... Read more
Early retail packaging concepts
As we head off into the Easter weekend I wanted to share some early concepts for our retail packaging with everyone. Brook Banham from Middlecott Design is hammering on some... Read more
Elroy: 1000 Backers!
Wanted to send out a special thanks to Mark Tuart for being our 1000th backer.
With over $88,000 in pledges we're also creeping up on our first stretch goal of... Read more
As promised, here is our first Monday update. I'll be putting out an update every Monday until we ship our Kickstarter rewards.
Earbud design work start
With only $15k... Read more
YOU GUYS TOTALLY ROCK!!!
$30,000! Funded in 8 hours!!!
I can not say thank you enough times.
This is going to be such a fun ride. I'm looking forward to sharing it with all... Read more