Just to let you know how things are going... Last week we packed all the Starter kits, and we worked over the weekend to get the Ultimate kits together. I have just returned from the Post Office, having posted the last of the 500 parcels!
This means that all the KickStarter rewards have now been posted and should be arriving with you over the next few weeks. I know a lot of boards have already arrived.
When you get your board, if anything doesn't work or if the instructions aren't clear enough, please let me know in the forum so I can update it for others.
Some people have said that they don't think the Web IDE looks very polished. That is definitely true - so far the look and feel of it has been neglected in favour of making sure it works reliably.
Some of you have also noticed that the Web IDE uses 100% CPU on one of your computer's cores when it is connected. I know this is irritating, but don't let it put you off - Chrome M34 will come out in a month or so and it should fix this.
We've noticed that the Espruino boards that have been sent out have USB connectors that are less strong than we had hoped, so please be careful with them. They're not exactly fragile, but if you push the USB plug up or down relatively hard then you could lever the connector off.
Before everyone complains about this: yes, some of you did point out that the Micro USB connector might not be strong. However I asked Seeed about this specifically (I even destructively tested prototypes), and was assured that the connector they supplied was in use in many designs and that they had never had any problems. Even so they said they would epoxy it down just in case, and I added a bigger ground plane and vias to try and provide some extra strength.
It looks like there have been a few bits of bad luck and that wasn't enough though. However don't panic - your board isn't fragile and the connector won't fall off if you breathe on it. Just don't apply loads of force to the connector and everything will be fine.
I will be redesigning the board before I produce another batch of Espruinos, however Seeed are currently looking at ways of strengthening the boards that they have already produced before they send more out, so shipment of the pre-order boards will be delayed by a few days.
Now all the kits are out I'll be working hard on more documentation and example projects. Please let me know on the forum if there's anything specific you'd like to know how to do, and I can better tailor the types of projects that I put online.