The eagle has landed - Ripcord has arrived!!
It's with some relief, a bit of embarrassment at the delay, but no small amount of pride at the result, I can inform you that Ripcord has now... Read more
Incoming! Ripcord is on the way - not long now!
I'm glad to report that Ripcord manufacturing has completed. Not only that, but I've had some sample sent to me "hot off the production line" for testing. The... Read more
Manufacturing in progress
I'm very glad to report that Ripcord is being manufactured, I've even got some photos to back that up!
There was one slight hitch, in that I didn't... Read more
myVolts USB Batteries recieved
Although Manufacturing has not yet commenced, I thought you'd like to see a photo of the new myVolts batteries that we've had made up, branded and ready to... Read more
Manufacturing samples received - all approved. Manufacturing dates received.
I'm very glad to say that we've received the full range of samples (5V, 6V, 7.5V, 9V +, 9V-, 12V, 18V) from our manufacturer. All meet our expectations... Read more
Happy new year!! 2019 is looking a lot like the year of Ripcord!
Firstly, seasons greeting to all, I hope you all made through to January in one piece.
I'll run you through manufacturer updates. Firstly, I have asked for manufacturing... Read more
End of testing, planning and free gift.
To show you some pictures of progress, I'm glad to report I have some photos of our new version of Ripcord from our manufacturer for you to see.... Read more
Testing with local engineer
We've received the two new sets of samples and are testing them now. I have employed an electronic engineer here locally (although I've over a decade in the... Read more
New samples arriving next week
To give you a quick run through on progress, we solved the noise issues, by means of dummy load, but then found there were issues when powered via... Read more
Thanks firstly for the support from everyone in wanting to get this right, the messages and comments help keep us on track. We see that majority share are... Read more
Posting this as an "update without notification email", in that I don't think you all want to be disturbed by the non-news.
The very simple update is that... Read more
Testing still in progress
Just a note to let you know we received manufacturer's samples, we're running through test and in daily contact with the manufacturer, working through the detail on getting... Read more
New PCB board complete - application testing next week
You can see our manufacturer has completed the first version of our new board:
It's passed all the tests on their side, and will be shipped to us... Read more
Quick Update - USB part review
Just a note to keep up the fortnightly commitment.
We're moving forward as expected, samples of DC tipset has been satisfactorily produced by new manufacturer. We've given them... Read more
Biweekly update as promised
To give you an update from our manufacturer:
(1) PCBA: We are debugging now, should be finished in two weeks.
(2) Tooling: Working on it, should be finished... Read more
Taking back control of the project
A sample was produced by the new manufacturer, which fulfilled required specifications,... Read more
Photos of new cables - sample delivery this week
Just a quick update to let you know that we've seen photos of Ripcord made by the new manufacturer, expecting them to arrive at the office this week:... Read more
A difficult update, but moving forward
Although we've been delighted that they have reworked the circuitry in a way that gives us... Read more
We have a working unit
Very glad to say we recieved new sample units, the 12V+ and 9V+ versions. We have tested them, both in the lab and on our own studios. The... Read more
No noise is good noise
Just wanted to quckly tell you that our manufacturer is running in time with their schedule.
They have got the evaluation parts in their China lab, while also... Read more
As said in the last update, I've pushed to get a clear commitment from the manufacturer. I also guaranteed a certain amount of product to be purchased from... Read more
I flew over to the UK this week for a meeting with our partner. This issue with the burst mode audio interference has not yet been overcome. ... Read more
Progress with UK
Apologies for the delay in this post, as always, trying to push for more info to give you, but better to get some info as promised.
We got... Read more
Testing update & upgrade
First thing I wanted to clarify is this: We are absolutely going to make a power cable that is fit for the musical instrument market, we have clearly set out... Read more
The bad news first, we have an issue that is holding up manufacturing.
The question of whether to give hard deadlines to manufacturers when they are not performing is a difficult one. We are being pushed towards it.
We had some... Read more
Every change changes everything
I thought I'd give you an bit more insight into the detail on our progress, along with some considerations.
Firstly, we are told that the 12V and 9V- sample... Read more
Colour and detail finalised
Thanks firstly for everyone's input on the colour issue, we learned a lot from what you said. It seemed pretty evenly split, in terms of which colour set... Read more
Progress - in colour
We have some very clear progress to report, which raises a couple of questions, we'd love to hear what you think.
We are very glad to be able... Read more
About 'pressing go' on manufacture
It's a difficult thing to do, resist the temptation to forge ahead, press 'go' on manufacture, to speed the reward of something tangible in your hand. I want... Read more
Relationship re-aligned and an unexpected visit (KORG!)
Apologies for the delay in getting this post out. It has been an difficult few weeks as we try and tie our manufacturing partner down to a schedule.
We... Read more
A bit of progress as described by our creative director for the day
My 11 year old niece was in the office this morning, she has had a go at re-presenting Ripcord for us:
The good news there, if you didn't... Read more
Video update - field testing the manufactured sample
The good news is that the manufacturer's sample arrived, I had it for ten days now, here are some pics:
We've got a report back... Read more
It's alive! - Manufacturing sample has been produced.
It's hard to read... Read more
More photos from the factory floor
Happy New Year Everybody!
We're straight back into it after the seasonal break. Things didn't go exactly to plan while we are away, but we do have progress, photos and... Read more
Real, actual things getting made
I've got only good news this time.
Firstly, we've got a tightened schedule from our manufacturer, here is what they have told us:
We’re applying constant pressure but... Read more
Apologies for the slight delay in getting this fortnightly update out to you, there is a reason for it, in that I've been trying to get concrete dates... Read more
All tech spec is resolved and datasheet is defined
Progress in pictures
As we wait for the moulds to be created, I have some photos back which show you some "actual" progress, to back up my words.
The is the... Read more
The next step
We're now moving towards a production schedule, I've got more info on that, but firstly I'll update you on our development progress.
This was "Golden week" in China,... Read more
Fortnightly update - Is it safe?
I'm never happy with the rate of progress, but as promised, I'll give a fortnightly update on how things have moved on.
The manufacturers told me in a... Read more
Moving on - We see it, we like it.
I was brought up to give the bad news first, so here goes.... we have not yet signed off on a unit to manufacture. That said, I'll lay... Read more
The good, the bad and the full story
Time for an overdue update. I'm afraid we have been stuck in that difficult place between what we want to happen and the slower-than-we'd-like reality. So we'll give... Read more
Now the real work starts......
Firstly, thanks for getting us here, 113% funded and ready to go!
We've got a great product on the way, we'll make you all very proud. We do... Read more
Important thank yous and some questions answered
Hello Riptastic people
What a difference a day makes?
You may be surprised to hear that the 10% jump in funding yesterday was not actually a result of... Read more
Rewards get creative!!
As Brian Eno says "you can't really imagine music without technology."
We think Ripcord is the start of a very positive contribution we can make in the area.... Read more
Voltage options - New rewards
A number of you have been asking about how to power your 12V gear/etc..
Great news! We're going to offer Ripcord in an entire set of voltage options.... Read more
What's the coolest place you could find a USB port?
Here is what we came up with...
With 2 X USB ports, the car of our dreams, the Tesla model S.
When we said plug 'n play anywhere, we meant... Read more
A thumbs up from the internet's top drawer....
Are there reviewers on the internet more respected than Sonic State?
We are very honoured.
Click on the image to see what they think of our small batch... Read more
Did we tell you that you may win a day out in an electric supercar?
Great to see more momentum this week, we need it!
In case you were not aware, all backers, plus all that sign up to our social media shoutout... Read more
Our favourite battery hack
As you know, we have released our small batch version of Ripcord out into the wilds.
You make think we've been inventive in making the cable, but we... Read more
Who's our Daddy?
We're wondering if there are any sugar-daddies (or mummies) out there who want to give our campaign an instant 1% bump?
If so, there is a new reward... Read more
70 sec video street test - plus some great press for Ripcord
Here is a short video, set on Dublin's Grafton Street, showing a local busker plying his trade with our prototype cable:
Many thanks to Jose for his help... Read more
Exciting new rewards, we built a pledge calculator!
A number of you have been asking to mix and match some of the items on the page, it's not easy to do, so we built our own... Read more
USB Power low-down, plus free gift for early backers, read for how to claim!
How much power can you actually get from a USB port?
Well, here's a quick video I made of our small batch prototype cable powering a Roland CUBE... Read more
Welcome to the Ripcord party - New multiple earlybird rewards added!
Many, many thanks to all who backed the campaign to date. We're on the bus. We're going somewhere, we're so glad to have you along for the ride.... Read more