About this project
Risks and challenges
As with any project, there are risks and challenges. I've been working with Product Creation Studio (http://www.productcreationstudio.com) in Seattle for the development of the product to mitigate risks. Their team has an incredible amount of experience and I'm confident that the development result will be awesome. When we start to transition to the production phase in the Spring, I'll be leaning on them again to assist in sourcing, evaluation and transition of the supplier base.
With that being said the primary challenge, as with most successful Kickstarter projects, is keeping on schedule. Dealing with external vendors and suppliers presents obstacles but our current schedule includes consideration of these delays.
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The problem with a passive system, like RECCO, is that you would need a much larger and more powerful handheld unit. There is also a significant distance/range loss when you go to a passive system as well.
The lithium primary coin cell batteries that will be in the tags are sized to last one season (3-4 months). There will also be a low-battery feature that will notify your handheld when a tag is low on battery.