So close we can taste it.
Edit: Sorry about the giant image below - Kickstarter resizes them in the website version but not in the email version.
Hello, Backers! September has been predictably whirlwindy as we've being furiously rotating the Tetris pieces to make as many complete rows as possible. While waiting on electronics components we finalized the sewing and printing of the masks. We ran samples of blank masks and colored prints separately so their timelines wouldn't be married to each other, as they're coming from different places. A million swatches and a whole lot of sewn samples later, we're locked in and churning.
We're just about exactly where we need to be.
What does this mean? It means that barring something awful we're going to have Remee in hand and ready to ship in October as expected. Probably not the 15th - but awfully close to it. Call it the 19th. So what else? Well...
- We've finalized the instruction manual - a sweet looking accordion insert with a nice & simple quick-start guide on the front and in-depth instructions, including how to reprogram Remee, on the back.
- In case anyone wanted to see what the finalized internals look like, take a gander below. Excuse the bad image quality, we're pretty sure someone at the factory shot this with a Fisher Price camera through the bottom of a Coke bottle. Like a Romanian gymnast, this circuit board is tough as nails and astonishingly flexible - we can't emphasize enough how much of an improvement this is over hard plastic and chunky wires.
- The web app, used to customize Remee's settings, is still in the process of being skinned. You saw in a previous update that it's armed and fully operational, but you may have also noticed that it was pug-ugly and hard to use. This is being remedied as we speak and will be ready to rock before you receive Remee.
- We're working on the perfecting the fulfillment process. One day rather soon we're going to have a dump truck pulling up to the Lab and burying us in a 10-foot-high pile of sleep masks. Getting these sorted and shipped to you all as quickly as possible is the next big task. On this note, we're pleased to announce that Bitbanger Labs has hired its first intern:
Declan Alexander McGuigan - Born September 5th, 2012 - 7lbs, 11oz. Welcome to the world, Little Buddy. We hope you're good at Excel.
That's all for now - we'll update as often as possible before the big day. Thank you for your support and patience!
Duncan & Steve