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Stills. Timelapse. Video. Complete control of your DSLR or Mirrorless camera from your smartphone. Wirelessly.
Stills. Timelapse. Video. Complete control of your DSLR or Mirrorless camera from your smartphone. Wirelessly.
Stills. Timelapse. Video. Complete control of your DSLR or Mirrorless camera from your smartphone. Wirelessly.
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Making Pulse

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Hey Backers!

Greg here with the update from China. Overall things are moving along quite well. Pulse testing with the roughly 100 Beta Backers has been extremely helpful. The app and firmware are proving quite robust and we are releasing more features for beta testing early next week. Manufacturing has had several small delays but through some creative problem solving and a lot of extra hours, we are still currently expecting to ship in July! To get the full report, please read below (or just check out the photos!).

Testing Pulse in downtown Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China
Testing Pulse in downtown Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China

 

Testing Pulse in the Flatirons of Boulder, Colorado, USA
Testing Pulse in the Flatirons of Boulder, Colorado, USA

 

Pulse Beta and Software Development

Three weeks ago, Pulse Beta shipped to ~100 of you that had selected the Beta Backer tier. It has been great to get your feedback and help in clearing out bugs, and fortunately there haven’t been too many of them!

The V1 software had access to Camera Settings and the Photo, Timelapse, and Photo Booth features. Thanks to the stability of the first release, we have been able to focus on filling in more features and the next firmware release will include both Video and Long Exposure control.

Sceenshots from the latest app release showing Long Exposure mode and Video mode.
Sceenshots from the latest app release showing Long Exposure mode and Video mode.

We’ve also been working on speeding up Image Preview. In the V1 app, transfer speed was about 6 seconds. We’ve now reduced that time to 3.5 seconds, which includes the ~2 seconds your camera takes to save a photo. This means the main bottleneck is the speed of the camera as we cannot grab the photo until it saved. Regardless, we’ll continue to work on this and keep you posted as we speed things up!

Android users can see the app now by downloading it in the Google Play Store. Apple’s submission process is slower than Android and iOS app will be available in the app store once Apple approves it.
Android users can see the app now by downloading it in the Google Play Store. Apple’s submission process is slower than Android and iOS app will be available in the app store once Apple approves it.

Manufacturing

We want to get Pulse to you as fast as possible while simultaneously giving you an amazing product. Collectively, our team and yourselves as backers are creating something completely new - and this is never easy. While we have hit some delays, we have yet to run into something we can't fix. Due to a delayed component and unexpected issues with the light pipe we have been pushed back about two weeks from where we were hoping to be when we left for China. Despite these delays, Pulse itself is shaping up to be a beautiful product, and we are really excited about how it is coming together.

Steve reviewing the PCB test procedure with our project manager and the factory engineers.
Steve reviewing the PCB test procedure with our project manager and the factory engineers.

Mechanical: 

We are in the process of making several changes to the injection molds that are used to make the plastic parts of Pulse. The major difficulty here has been that the blue light pipe behaves differently in production because it is made of a different material than the rest of the enclosure. The updated molds may be finished by next week but it is also possible we will need to do another revision which will add another week to our timeline. Either way, once the tool is done, we can start final assembly of Pulse within a couple of days. The timelines below reflect the more conservative (read: later) date.

Greg reviewing timelines and part changes with the team
Greg reviewing timelines and part changes with the team

Electronics:

One of the components that goes onto the printed circuit board of Pulse arrived late. Because of this, we got bumped off of the circuit board assembly line until this week. To remedy this and speed up later testing we have increased the number of test fixtures and workers that we’ll have on the line once parts are coming through. Given the issues we’ve seen with the light pipe, this won’t actually delay our overall timelines. Yesterday we started making the first 1000 production circuit boards and are scheduled to finish all of them by mid next week.

PCB Inspection, making sure the dozens of little components that sit on the board are both in the correct orientation and properly connected.
PCB Inspection, making sure the dozens of little components that sit on the board are both in the correct orientation and properly connected.

 

The first batch of the Pulse printed circuit boards
The first batch of the Pulse printed circuit boards

 

Assembly and Delivery: 

Once the injection mold is done, we can produce 2-3 thousand Pulses per day. Given this we conservatively expect to have all Pulses assembled, tested, and packaged by ~July 13th. They will immediately be moved to our US warehouse and then will ship to you after that.

Pulse in the Wild

It has been exhilarating to see a few Pulses being used as well as get outside ourselves and test out the latest features. Here are a few photos from the field. We can’t wait to see all the places you’ll go!

Last Sunday our factories closed, so we took the day off and managed to find some local climbers who showed us around. Having mostly been stuck in a city for last three weeks, it was incredible to get outside and do some shooting!
Last Sunday our factories closed, so we took the day off and managed to find some local climbers who showed us around. Having mostly been stuck in a city for last three weeks, it was incredible to get outside and do some shooting!

 

Behind the scenes at Boulder Creek...
Behind the scenes at Boulder Creek...

 

...Rocky Mountain National Park and Zhongshan, China
...Rocky Mountain National Park and Zhongshan, China

 

Well that’s all for now. We’re excited for how Pulse is coming together, and we’ll let you all know as soon as the first production units start making their way into shipping boxes! We can’t wait to get them into your hands!

-Greg and the Alpine Team

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    1. Alpine Labs 4-time creator on October 4, 2016

      Hi all,
      We realized that our most recent updates weren't addressing these past comments/messages on our updates and wanted to address the backlog of comments. We are working hard to get Pulses out to all of our backers and will be posting a more fleshed out update here on KS soon. We have batches of Pulses that are getting ready to ship out to backers right now and we are all very excited to get those out to everyone!
      Alpine Team

    2. Alessandro Longo on August 30, 2016

      We are at the end of August! any idea of when you will start to send the product? Time is going fast and I need my pulse!

    3. Alpine Labs 4-time creator on July 19, 2016

      @RichardPardeeAult you bet! We'll have it up shortly, thanks for checking in and looking forward to getting everyone up to speed.

    4. Richard Pardee Ault on July 19, 2016

      Hi Kris, is the update still coming today? Thanks in advance.

    5. Alpine Labs 4-time creator on July 18, 2016

      Hey everyone, check back tomorrow for a full Kickstarter update on Pulse manufacturing and shipping timelines. Thank you for the ongoing support and we hope you had an awesome weekend!

    6. Alpine Labs 4-time creator on July 18, 2016

      @ConsciousConsumer Thanks for the ping! We will be shipping to Kickstarter backers first and foremost- Pulse is currently available for pre-order on our website (here) and we plan on shipping pre-orders as soon as possible following Kickstarter fulfillment in the next month! :)

      @TomNeumann We are working on a full Kickstarter update which we will release tomorrow 7/19. Please be on the lookout for this as we are making sure the update leaves delivery timelines as clear and accurate as possible.

      @doug_r @Yahn-JuahSu We are working on a full Kickstarter update which we will release tomorrow 7/19!

      @Norihirolizuka We are working on a full Kickstarter update which we will release tomorrow 7/19. Please be on the lookout for this as we are making sure the update leaves delivery timelines as clear and accurate as possible.

      @dimtim the Android app for Pulse is not dependent on any Google Play services and will be availabe to operate independently on your google free android phone as long as you're able to get the app onto your device. If this is an issue when Pulse ships or you find this is not so at the moment by trying to download it here-https://play.google.com/store/apps/details… please let us know and we'll look into it :)

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      dim tim on July 18, 2016

      Is the Android app dependent on Google Play services and will available as an apk outside Google Play store?
      I am using a google free android phone.

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      Norihiro Iizuka on July 15, 2016

      I would very appreciate it if you could any update especially shipment to Japan?

    9. Yahn-Jauh Su on July 15, 2016

      Any update, please.

    10. doug_r
      Superbacker
      on July 15, 2016

      An update, even a brief one, would be good.

    11. Tom N on July 14, 2016

      Some News for Shipping to Germany? Please update.

    12. Conscious Consumer on July 13, 2016

      @Creator,

      Will these be on sale before they ship to backers? I have 5 or 6 friends that want to purchase them asap. Plus Im sure we would all appreciate the heads up instead of finding out the hard way. Thanks.

    13. Alpine Labs 4-time creator on July 13, 2016

      @MarkWiltshire Pulse is still in production and is yet to be shipped to the US. We'll have more information regarding shipments soon so please be on the lookout for that :)

    14. Mark Wiltshire on July 13, 2016

      July 13th ship to USA - did this happen ? Update please ?

    15. Alpine Labs 4-time creator on July 12, 2016

      @SharifStephengeorgeelokobiSlimting I've answered your message on Kickstarter! Please check it out :)

    16. Sharif Stephengeorgeelokobi Slimting on July 12, 2016

      Like others have mentioned, My lease is up end of July and no certain new address yet. Last update estimates July 13th ship to USA then distribution. When do you currently to get these delivered? I
      may also need to change address if delivering after July 31st.

    17. Sharif Stephengeorgeelokobi Slimting on July 12, 2016

      Like others have mentioned, My lease is up end of July and no certain new address yet. Last update estimates July 13th ship to USA then distribution. When do you currently to get these delivered? I
      may also need to change address if delivering after July 31st.

    18. Brian Drourr on July 11, 2016

      when one assumes you make an Ass........ well you know the rest.

    19. Alpine Labs 4-time creator on July 11, 2016

      @ParvanovEmiliyan Pulse production is still going according to the schedule in this update :) we're focusing on making sure everything is ready to go and will have another update in the near future with specific shipping/delivery times. Final push and you'll hear from us soon!

    20. Parvanov Emiliyan on July 11, 2016

      One would assume that as the shipping nears updates will be more frequent - but here we are 2 weeks after the last update and still in the dark ;)

    21. Alpine Labs 4-time creator on July 4, 2016

      @BrianDrourr thanks :) We have a few projects under our belts at this point that have allowed us to foresee and avoid potential delays, and we're super excited to get Pulse out to everyone coming up. Can't wait to see what you're going to shoot with it and we'll have another update soon on shipping!

    22. Brian Drourr on July 2, 2016

      I feel like an excited little kid in the last hours of a long anticipated drive to Wally World.... Now? how bout now? Now? Are we there yet? how much longer? Kris keeps poking me...... I have to use the rest stop.... now? now? now? lol quite honestly I am amazed you are making the progress that you are and have had so few significant delays considering the project and all you set out to get in that little black box. Now?

    23. Alpine Labs 4-time creator on July 1, 2016

      @KaiChinn Thank you very much for the support! We can't wait to get it out to you all :)

    24. Kai Chinn on July 1, 2016

      Great work Team, i look forward to seeing the fulfillment of this and happy for your success and ours for being backers! :)

    25. Alpine Labs 4-time creator on June 30, 2016

      @JorisMaasVisuals follow-up: it will definitely be possible to use the Pulse with your Syrp motion control devices. They will not communicate directly with each other, but Pulse connects to your camera via USB and will allow you to coordinate interval movement with Syrp with camera control/exposure ramping intervals with Pulse. For example, setting Pulse to trigger your camera at intervals in between movements. Thanks for the question :)

    26. Alpine Labs 4-time creator on June 30, 2016

      @StephenMcAllister we're excited you're excited! We can't wait to get it out to you as well :)

      @JorisMaasVisuals We did not design Pulse specifically to be compatible with other products, so we cannot confirm at the moment whether it would work wth the Syrup Genie.

      @TyRobbins GPS is something we'd still love to look into, but cannot confirm whether it will come out in the not so distant future. If we do implement, you bet there will be a big update about it! Please be on the lookout for that in case we do implement it.

      @EndreBalogh Pulse does send back thumbnail previews of the image back to the camera. They will be smaller resolution, but you'll be able to see some image of what you take after you've taken it.

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      Endre Balogh on June 29, 2016

      I have a question. The Pulse seems to be able to do almost everything that the iUSP Port CAMERA 2 wireless tether will do (in a much smaller space) EXCEPT send shot photos back to the iPhone/iPad. It would be nice if it could also do that. I may have missed it, though, in the description. Will the Pulse be able to send photos immediately back to a device for viewing? I'm a backer and am anxious to get my Pulse as soon as it's ready. Thanks!

    28. Ty Robbins on June 29, 2016

      I know that GPS data from the phone to the EXIF data is NOT part of the initial out of the box delivery. I am just curious/hoping that you're still planning to have that be a firmware update in the not-to-distant future? Is there any progress to report there?

    29. Joris Maas Visuals on June 28, 2016

      I have a Canon 6D and Panasonic GH4 which I use a lot with my Syrp Genie motioncontrol. Is there a possibility to link the Pulse and the Syrp Genie? Especially the Bulb ramping on the Syrp Genie is not really working great imo (it's going too fast or just too slow for a Holy Grail TL somehow). The Syrp Genie does not have a HDMI connection, only a normal mini jack plug.

    30. STEPHEN MC ALLISTER on June 27, 2016

      The more you show on screen the quicker I want it here thanks

    31. Alpine Labs 4-time creator on June 27, 2016

      @ParvanovEmiliyan we're working hard to get you your Pulse by the end of July- we've shipped 3 full Kickstarter projects before this and have a large amount of experience fulfilling international orders from our partner warehouse. We'll have specific details in the next update and will be able to be flexible with delivery if your location changes depending on our shipping date!

      @RashidRaja cheers buddy, thanks! :)

      @BrianDrourr thanks! Maybe our next project will be on the Chinese dumpling market :)

      @Jeffreyfrankel we've got a new App and Firmware coming out soon with better tutorial information to help you to connect your Pulse! We'll also be getting in contact with Beta testers directly shortly- sorry if you've been having trouble connecting but we're on it! In the meantime, the quickest advice we could give would be to 'forget' the device in your iPhone's bluetooth settings. This clears up the App's ability to connect to Pulse by itself :)

      @MaryD Please shoot us a message here on Kickstarter and we'll get that sorted for you :)

      @Imran Cheers, and thanks for the help!

      @Hatim thanks for your thoughts, glad to hear :) The number on the right is a time estimate of your final compiled Time Lapse video. This is generally set to 24 fps but can will be able to be adjusted for reference based on how you prefer to create your Time Lapse videos.

      @rexchoi we're pushing hard to get everybody's order shipped by late July! We gave all the information we have on our end in the update above, and will keep everyone updated as soon as we have more accurate timelines once Pulse units start moving :)

    32. rex choi on June 26, 2016

      Any idea of the real delivery schedule? I can't wait seeing the actual product!

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      Hatim on June 25, 2016

      Took a peek around the app. Looks good, and I like that you guys have a settings option for themes, hopefully more to come on that.

      On the time lapse page, there are two numbers near the bottom. The left one seems to be total pictures based on duration/interval. What does the right number indicate?

    34. Imran
      Superbacker
      on June 25, 2016

      Thanks for the awesome update guys. Keep up the great work.

      @MaryD
      Click the Blue View Pledge button near the top of this page below Get Pluse next to where is says You're a Backer. Then click the survey tab.

    35. MaryD on June 24, 2016

      I haven't received a survey--how can I get this corrected?

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      Jeffrey frankel on June 24, 2016

      I'm surprised at your comment. I still cannot connect your Pulse to my iPhone 6+ an I've not heard back from you guys on what to do

    37. Brian Drourr on June 24, 2016

      @urlick really? I am concerned for your clients if you based your work schedfual off a product known to still be in the R&D/pre production stage of development. Clearly you don't understand how Kickstarter works. They are busting ass in a forgin country to make a 1 off product for us the best it can be. Maybe halfassed is ok for you but the vast majority of us want and expect more and are prepard for the inevatable delays that come with product development. I just got a,backed camera two years after successful funding. Shit happens in this game. Deal with it.
      @Puls team, keep kicking ass! Get us the best product you can I can wait. Can I back extra for some dumplings to be sent with my unit?

    38. Brian Drourr on June 24, 2016

      @urlick really? I am concerned for your clients if you based your work schedfual off a product known to still be in the R&D/pre production stage of development. Clearly you don't understand how Kickstarter works. They are busting ass in a forgin country to make a 1 off product for us the best it can be. Maybe halfassed is ok for you but the vast majority of us want and expect more and are prepard for the inevatable delays that come with product development. I just got a,backed camera two years after successful funding. Shit happens in this game. Deal with it.
      @Puls team, keep kicking ass! Get us the best product you can I can wait. Can I back extra for some dumplings to be sent with my unit?

    39. Rashid Raja on June 24, 2016

      can't wait to get mine... :) looks like its coming along really well!

    40. Parvanov Emiliyan on June 24, 2016

      Ive waited patiently all this time, delay after delay, but this time i am really worried. Do you have estimate shipping times for people outside the US? Shipping in the latter part of July might mean 25th+ which doesnt work for me as i need the gadget before aug 5th...
      I knew there would be some delays (as with most kickstarter projects) but hey.. it said april in the listing..
      I just really hope i will receive the item before aug 5th, though its prolly false hope :(

    41. Alpine Labs 4-time creator on June 24, 2016

      @Adriano thank you very much!

      @DanielJohnston Glad you’re happy with the progress and we're doing all we can to make sure you're able to bring it on your next vacation! Thanks for the patience :)

      @JohnGuerin Thanks :)

      @JoeRusso Please just shoot us a message here on Kickstarter and we can get that address updated for you!

      @ChrisFranklin Please message us on Kickstarter so we can sort this out personally for you. We have a couple ways to resolve this.

      @LoNeHuang We have not shipped out the product yet to anyone except beta backers- they’re currently being manufactured in China and are not scheduled for shipment until the latter half of July. Please read the update for more information :)

      @GordieCabill https://play.google.com/store/apps/details… here is the link for you :)

      @CoryHagerman thanks for helping us out with this!

      @HusameetinParlakkilic If you check out the update above, we’re planning on getting it shipped out in the latter half of July. More information on the days we send them out will come as we get closer to fulfillment. We’re excited to release it too!

      @UlrichWrede We apologize- delays aren’t ideal but we also don’t want to send you a product that does not work as intended. We still are planning to get it out in July as mentioned in the past update :)

      @QuacSim Thank you very much for helping out the community regardless!

      @HusameetinParlakkilic The iPhone app is still being prepared for release (it's a longer process than with Android). We’ll have more info on releasing the iPhone app soon- you can check out the app via the Google Play Store in the meantime!

      @John Thanks for the ping/reminder on this- we'll have tablet functionality built into the final release!

      @WesleyStewart Thank you for your patience. The size of Pulse in these photos does represent the sizing of the finished product: it's been a lot of fun designing around the small form factor! :)

      @MatthiasWeiss Thank ya kindly :)

      @BruceSherman We’re excited you’re excited! Cheers and we can’t wait to see what you create with Pulse!

      @HowardMLewisShip Radian and Pulse use different firmware due to differences in hardware. We're still working on Radian as well!

      @Nick At the moment, Sony has not budged on the issue and is likely not to happen before fulfillment. We’re still hoping this changes- if it does, we’ll definitely have a big update for it!

    42. Nick
      Superbacker
      on June 24, 2016

      Have supported Sony cameras yet

    43. Howard M. Lewis Ship on June 24, 2016

      Will some of these firmware and phone app improvements migrate backwards to the Radian?

    44. Bruce Sherman on June 24, 2016

      Great update - really excited about this product, don't care how long it takes - great work guys !

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      Matthias Weiss on June 24, 2016

      Wow, that's what i call a good Update. It's nice to hear from you and how the production process is going. And don't mind the people complaining about the delays. This is kickstarter and you're producing a new product. Take all the time you need to create a fantastic and good working product.
      I'm looking forward to this nice product and your good work!
      Greetings, Matze

    46. Wesley Stewart on June 24, 2016

      Thanks for the update. Delays are a bummer but we're kickstarting, so there you go... Does the beat version in the hotshoe in the shots above represent the size of the finished product? If so, then it's smaller than I had expected.

    47. John on June 24, 2016

      and my tab has 5.1, so it is not like my OS version is an issue.

    48. John on June 24, 2016

      I noticed that the app is not compatible with my tablet... um..... This needs to work on tablets too you know. Did you forget about tabs when developing this app or did you ignore them completely? I won't be carrying ONLY my phone. Sometimes using the tablet would be better for folks. Please make the app available for tablets. Not everyone carries a smart phone.

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      QuaqSim on June 24, 2016

      Oops, guess I should have refreshed before sending that link, someone beat me to it.

    50. Husameetin Parlakkilic on June 24, 2016

      could you send the link to for iPhone