NUMBER FIVE IS ALIVE!!!
Just kidding. Solar Pocket Factory 1 here, standing in for Alex, whose laptop has been consumed by the hybrid beast that is the TSA and... Read more
Traveling abroad in the continental style
We've spent the last week in Hong Kong, working like busy little bees to get the Solar Pocket Factory ready for its Maker Faire Debut. My flight is leaving in... Read more
An awesome way to make panels with your kits
Many of you have gotten your Solar Pocket Kits and are raring to start making stuff. I want to share this new method that we worked out for... Read more
Solar Pocket Pages 4.25.13: a funny thing happened on the way to the pocket
Good evening, dear pockets.
We shall start with an announcement:
Those of you who got kit rewards should have them or will be receiving them shortly, and Shawn and I... Read more
Dear our backers,
We love you and appreciate you very much. Thank you very much for making all of this happen.
We're very proud of... Read more
April Fools' day marks the anniversary of the Solar Pocket Factory, and this week feels like a victory lap. We finished packing all 1,230 kits, and we're sending them to... Read more
Continuing a Kickstarter Tradition
A couple weeks ago, I posted about our efforts to cut all 100,000 solettes for the kits. It took an astounding amount of work to get all this done.
12KW... Read more
Put your kit in that box
I found a video that you might like. Check it out:
A month ago we got our first working panel off of our production machine. This is... Read more
From the film archives: Solar panel testing in the late late night
Hello all you backers, hackers, and silicon stackers!
Here's a little video we shot a couple nights ago at the HK workshop. Nothing fancy, just making some solar panels. ... Read more
partying like it's 2012
I spent the first day of this year on the malecón in Ensenada, nursing a hangover with pulpo de ceviche and a view of the Pacific, and I'm ending it... Read more
Solar Pocket Sushi & Arduinos that Feast on the Sun
Hello backers and industry spies!
The Solar Pocket Factory team in Hong Kong and Manila has been working 'round the clock after deciding to slash three months from our development... Read more
Solar Pilgrim Pages
It's a freezing morning the day after Thanksgiving, and I'm pressed against a cold window on a cold train to Boston. I haven't been to the States in almost a... Read more
An update on the kits, and a new pocket page
Well, there's been a lot going on. First, let me give a quick update on the kits, and then it's storytime.
Right now, in Shanghai, a bunch of... Read more
nine year-olds making solar panels, the factory goes on the web, and we're still not famous
Before I launch into a tale of engineering whoe (a mixture of sadness and wonder), I got some big news: the Solar Pocket Factory is on Science Friday! Shawn was... Read more
A quick note
Just a quick note--we've had a couple people write us to ask, "What's this 'Mantis Shrimp Invention' on Amazon payments? Is that you guys?"
Yep, that's us. Mantis... Read more
Isn't she lovely?
There it is, Kickstarter. $77,505 and 1,174 backers. Thirty days of incredible support from YOU! To every one of you who believe in us, who helped us by spreading the... Read more
Solar Pocket Factory in NYC, with 35 hours to go!
35 hours to go! And we need your help to make a final leap into the future of microsolar.
If you suddenly find a few pieces of loose change... Read more
Solar Pocket Makeover!
We've got three days left in the campaign. We've hit our initial goal, and the solar pocket factory is happening! However, the more we can raise with this... Read more
New Reward: Solar Pocket Arduino Shield
Since we started this campaign, we've heard from a lot of people asking us, "what is microsolar actually good for?" Well, today, we are trembling with glee as we present... Read more
The world's first automated solette breaker, Pocket Pages, and a CONCERT
The sun is shining down on Hong Kong. Tomorrow, Shawn is heading up to Dongguan, in Southern China to meet with the owner of a microsolar factory and... Read more
There she is, Kickstarter.
$50,000 in twenty days
We are building the Solar Pocket Factory!
But the campaign's not over, yet. We've still got ten days to go.... Read more
Update #4: This is how we do it
Bam, Kickstarter. Bam! $49,000 and climbing, with 11 lucky days left to go. The cat's not in the bag yet, but he's getting there. Help us cram that cat all... Read more
Update #3: Solar-Powered Machines That Make Solar Panels and other stretch goals, plus, the nitty-gritty specifics of our pocket factory
We launched this kickstarter nine days ago, we've had a fantastic response so far, and we feel we'd be fools not to ride this frothing horse to whatever sunny... Read more
Update #2: A journey into Middle Kingdom
The Solar Pocket Factory has exploded.
Exploded past the halfway point for the $50K goal that is! Zing! Everyone thought we were crazy to launch an industrial disruption on Kickstarter.... Read more
The first twenty-four hours
Alright, backers! Twenty-four hours into our campaign, we're 15% of the way to our goal. This is amazing!
We launched at midnight, last night, and promptly received a barrage of... Read more