I know I've been a little difficult to reach of late, and for that I'm sorry... I haven't forgotten about you, and we have much to announce following a very successful CES2013 for COOKOO!
Here are a few articles that came-out during the event:
We couldn't have done this without you, our backers, and all of the members of the team are grateful for your support!
While part of team and I were at CES2013, the development team, support team, and fulfillment teams were hard at work testing and tuning the COOKOO App for submission to the App Store, working on the Android app, catching-up with the backlog of questions in our support queues, and shipping the watches.
Reward Shipment Status
We are pleased that almost all of the watches have now been shipped.
What remain to be shipped are the balance of the COOKOO keyfobs (ETA early February due to manufacturing issues encountered with previous batches), the multi-band packs, some rewards for Android backers who had requested we hang-on to their rewards, and a handful of backer rewards that posed issues during shipment due to address issues, etc.
If you have not yet received your watch by January 21st, 2013, please contact support.cookoowatch.com so that we can track down and resolve your specific situation.
If you are awaiting a Keyfob or other rewards, please be continue to be patient as we receive and inspect new shipments from our suppliers.
We should have all backer rewards fulfilled by the end of February, 2013.
iOS App Update
We are happy announce that it has been submitted for app review!
To recap, here's what you can look forward to in the upcoming release of the COOKOO App:
- Background operation is stable - no more missed alerts when backgrounded for a long time
- Connectivity is improved - expect fewer connection drops with further improvements to come in the next version of the iOS.
- A new alarm feature - you can now set an alarm in the app, and alert the watch when its time to wake-up.
- A new timer feature - you can now set a countdown timer and alert the watch.
- Music control - you can now play and pause your music and skip songs.
- Warranty registration (in-app) - you can now register your watch for warranty questions, etc.
Plus a few usability and functional enhancements.
We are also actively developing the next version of the app (expect it in February) that will add email and twitter alerts, and multi-language support for our international backers and customers, plus other cool features and enhancements. Stay tuned!
iOS API Update
We are actively building a new developer portal for your, our developer backers! This will enable you to login, download the latest APIs, pose questions, get answers, etc.
This developer portal should be fully setup by the end of January and you, our developer backers, will be the first to receive access along with the access to the BETA version of our APIs.
We apologize for the delay, however, we had to work through the stability and backgrounding issues before sharing the APIs, and now must refactor our APIs to ensure that you get the full benefit of the COOKOO APIs whether running in the foreground or background.
Android App Update
We now have a demo app that supports the ConnecteDevice Protocol!
This is great news as it lays the foundation for the Android version of the COOKOO App.
This first app works with the HTC One X phone and will be tested with other select HTC phones. The Samsung version of the app is also under development, however, it may require a rooted Samsung phone (TBD).
Our current schedule has us releasing a BETA version of the app to backers by the end of February along with an ALPHA version of the API, with immediate enhancements to follow.
In the coming months, we will focus on the next iOS app update, releasing the ALPHA and BETA versions of our Android app to backers, launching the Developer Portal, releasing the next shipment of Keychains, shipping any remaining rewards, and continually improving our operations, customer, and technical support.
As always, we thank you for being with us on this journey!
Peter & the ConnecteDevice team