Its been two weeks since we started shipping Touchfires, and we've shipped about half of the Kickstarter Touchfires; over two thousand units. We are shipping in the order that people backed us.
Our factory is ramping up production quickly, so it will probably take less than two weeks to ship the remainder.
We have gotten lots of feedback and delivery acknowledgments; many thanks, keep 'em coming! Here are our general impressions of how its going.
- Overall, people really, really like typing on Touchfire! But there is a learning curve. For some people, it is just a few seconds. For others, it takes a few days to get used to it.
- We've created an interactive Typing Tutor Web application to help you get up to speed. It seems to be working well, but we'd love to get additional feedback on it. Go to www.touchfire.com/start with your Touchfire-enabled iPad and try it out.
- The biggest issue we've heard about so far is that Touchfire is sometimes too tacky or sticky when it first arrives. This is because a freshly manufactured Touchfire can sometimes be too clean! Silicone naturally attracts the microscopic dust particles that are everywhere, and we designed Touchfire to work well in that environment. The tackiness is a temporary condition that won't last very long. And normal cleaning with tap water will not cause the tackiness to return.
On another topic, we are launching Touchfire the company today, and announcing general availability of Touchfire at www.touchfire.com. Of course, we will ship all Kickstarter Touchfires and all pre-orders before shipping new orders.
We did send some Touchfires to journalists, and many of them will be publishing their reviews today. We have our fingers crossed!
A Time Magazine review came out early this morning. It is asking Touchfire's Kickstarter backers to chime in with their impressions. The Time article is here:
There will be other articles and reviews coming out today - you can find them by doing a Google search for "Touchfire news".
Today should be a fun day. Please join us in celebrating what we've created together!
Steve & Brad