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Update #29 - For backers only

MIO ALPHA DISCOUNT CODE/FIRMWARE UPDATE

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Update #28

THE LATEST ALPHA SHIPPING NEWS

Dear Kickstarters,

It’s a monumental day – our first production of Alpha is complete and ready to ship!!!  Time to celebrate!

A special shout out to Mio’s China team of Manson Fei and Qin Yu who were supported by the fantastic help from our manufacturing team of Tien Meng (Project Leader), Walter Camota and the rest of the folks who stayed up an entire night to get the first shipment out the door.  Thank you.  It really could not have happened without your support, commitment and dedication. And, I want to take a minute to thank all of our Kickstarter backers for taking the risk of backing this project. You all knew there was no guarantee we would be successful in our quest to make this amazing product.  I would like to underscore the fact that companies have tried for years to manufacture a continuous, strapless heart rate watch capable of working accurately at performance speeds. Well folks, we did it – and you helped make it possible. If you read some of the reviews in the press, you will know we have the real thing : ) I am so looking forward to your feedback as you use your ALPHAs while running and cycling.

So…on to the specifics. When we set up the manufacturing line, we had to make a decision as to which type of ALPHA we were going to make first. The overwhelming majority of our ALPHA backers chose Shadow in BLE so that is the product we chose. As of today, all of our Kickstarter Shadow BLE units are manufactured and most have been shipped to our distribution centers to be parceled out and sent out individually to our backers. We will be fulfilling all Shadow BLE orders (singles and multiples) within the coming days. Unfortunately with the busy holiday schedule, cargo flights from China are overbooked and space is at a premium. By the time we get the product in the hands of our domestic couriers, sadly, they will not be able to guarantee you’ll receive your ALPHA before Christmas. So if ALPHA was intended as a gift for someone special, we are providing you with a MIO Alpha Gift Card to put under the tree.

Prior to fulfilling mixed orders we will be waiting for the rest of the production of Arctic White (in BLE and ANT+), and the Shadow ANT+ to be completed in order to ship whole orders. This production will be completed in China by December 26th and air shipped ASAP to our distribution centers.   We will send out a confirmation email to you once your ALPHA has been shipped to you.

A few more items to note:  

- If you are an International backer and haven’t paid for shipping, you will receive an email from us with instructions on how to pay. If you can respond ASAP to the request for payment, it will speed up the time it will take to get your ALPHA.

- If you are expecting T-shirts, they won't arrive with your Alpha (you would think if we could pull off a technological wonder like ALPHA that a T-shirt would have been a no brainer - by hey, no one's perfect!) Please expect a separate shipment to follow within 10 days after receipt of your Alpha.

- If your pledge level includes a MapMyRun membership, instructions on how to get started will arrive in a separate email.

Doing this project with you has been the highlight of our year. We’re thrilled (and utterly relieved!) we can finally get Alpha on your wrists. Nobody is more deserving than you to be the first to receive the world’s first strapless, continuous heart rate sport watch.

May your 2013 be filled with health, happiness and more wonderful innovations!

Liz

 

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Update #27

ALPHA WINS CES AWARD

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Hi Alpha Backers,

Since ALPHA really is our "cumulative" baby, I thought all you proud ALPHA parents out there would be happy to hear the news.  The CES DESIGN INNOVATION awards have been announced and ALPHA is a winner!  Please click here for the entire press release.  Once again, I cannot thank all of you enough for helping to make the ALPHA dream a reality.

Be well,

Liz


Update #26

THE SHIPPING NEWS (wasn't that a movie with Kevin Spacey?)

Hello Alpha Backers!

The announcement you have all been waiting for - the answer to the big question:

When will I get my ALPHA?

We have approved the results of our pre-production and we have now slotted our mass production. We will be finished our first run of ALPHA and plan to start shipping by:

DECEMBER 15


They will be shipping via priority courier so we hope they will arrive within just a few days after the 15th.  If you have not completed your survey, now would be a good time to do so. If possible, it would be terrific to get all remaining responses in by midnight PST on November 12th.

I am super happy with the way every detail is turning out - from the look and feel of ALPHA on the wrist, the beautifully designed package (teaser peek below), and, of course, its performance. To say I am proud of the team is an understatement. Everyone involved in the project has put more than the usual effort into the product - this project has been their passion. This has been a project of heart and soul.

I want to call out a few people that have made an enormous difference to our success:

Team MIO: Manson Fei (who literally put his heart into it), Gene Yanku (beautifully done on all fronts), and Qin Yu; the whole team at Philips but in particular Giuseppe Coppola, John De Lange, Piet Van Engen (who refused to retire until the project was complete - what a swan song!), Fons Schipper, David Roovers, Cristian Presura, Toon Bogers, Tjeu Mans and Ad Rommersand (yes, it took THAT many experts in their fields), and, of course, the manufacturing team in China led by Walter Camota (awesome talent), under the unflagging oversight of Kathy Ip and President Leon Leong.

I can hardly wait to get your comments when you get your ALPHAs. Thanks for all the support Kickstarters...you are all TOTALLY THE BOMB!

Take care,

Liz

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Update #25

THE SHADOW

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Hello ALPHA Backers!

Team ALPHA has been working hard on Pre-production.

We spent the week in China with Koen Geenen of PHILIPS and MIO's Software Engineer Qin Yu.  

Here they are, hard at work poring over endless reams of test data and carefully analyzing each circuit board.

We have been subjecting ALPHA to more tortures such as drop tests and electroshock treatment and are of the opinion ALPHA should be ready for life in the "real world" pretty soon.  We will take the next few weeks to fully assess the results of the Pre-Production Run and if satisfied, we will give Mass Production the green flag.  ALPHA backers will be the first to know!

Here are a couple of close ups of the two ALPHA color choices:  Shadow (that's the black one), and Arctic White.  

We think both our babies turned out beautifully.   Oh, and some other pretty important people think they did too - but more on that litte secret in a month or so...

It is with real pleasure that we are looking forward to getting ALPHA on your wrists and getting feedback directly from you - the folks that made it happen.  

Thank you,

Liz, Manson and Gene


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