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Update #28

Music Control is Coming Soon!

Hi Backers,

I wanted to share with you some great news.  We have added and are now testing Music Control!  While it won't be in the version of the COOKOO App that is in review right now - it will be in the next release of the app which is scheduled to be submitted to the app store shortly after the first app is released.

Check out the short video I just created while here at the Hong Kong airport on may way home from the COOKOO watch factory.  I'll be testing this new app feature throughout the flight but already I'm cooled-out by it.

Regarding Android - I'll be posting the technical update after I return stateside and have convened with the team.

Thanks again for your continued support!

Peter

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Update #27

CRITICAL BACKER UPDATE - Production Update

Dear backers,

This is our most important update yet as we get closer to shipping and fulfilling all of your orders for the COOKOO Watch and COOKOO Keychain. 

As most of you know, I have been here in China for the past 6 weeks now ensuring that the watch and keychain make it into production smoothly.

I am happy to announce that volume production is now (finally) ramping-up and that we anticipate being at full production capacity shortly. Check out the pictures from our production lines...

This process has not been without its challenges, and people know now why they call me Piranha Pete. In fact, I stayed an extra week to ensure that we resolve any issues and that the testing processes were fully qualified and in-place prior to my departure. Nonetheless, some compromises had to be made in order to get the initial apps and product out the door.

Here is where things stand at the moment...

iOS App

The iOS 5 and 6 compatible COOKOO App has been in app review for the past 10 days and we anticipate the successful release to the app store shortly and once released, you will be able to download it from the Apple AppStore worldwide.

For iOS users, the first release of the COOKOO App supports the following features:

  • Connected/disconnected notifications and alarms (e.g. going out of range, etc.)
  • Find my phone / watch
  • Drop pins on a map
  • Snap a picture remotely
  • Check-in on Facebook and be notified of Facebook messages / posts / updates directly on your watch
  • Receive low and critical battery alerts
  • Receive incoming call and missed call alerts
  • Receive calendar alerts and reminders

Due to some current iOS restrictions that are out of our control, receiving an email, alarm, or receiving an SMS on your phone does not yet trigger an alert on your watch.  We anticipate future iOS updates to add support for these alerts and when they do, will integrate them into our app.

While we have been diligently pursuing workarounds, we finally had to launch the first apps with these limitations. The good news, however, is that we've already got plans for our first updates!

1st update:

  • Music control (play/pause and skip functions tied to COMMAND button events)
  • Alarm clock (triggers the watch's alarm alert when the alarm goes off)
  • Countdown timer (triggers the watch's alarm alert when the timer reaches zero)

As soon as iOS support is provided:

  • SMS alerts
  • Email alerts
  • iOS alarm alerts

Furthermore, we are already planning additional features and enhancements in the near future so stay tuned for more updates! We will also continue to seek ways to offer the SMS notifications and will announce that the notification has been added as soon as it is ready.

COOKOO App Release to the App Store:

We anticipate releasing the COOKOO App to the app store in the coming days. We have no reason to believe this will be further delayed but should a delay occur on account of the review process, we will be sure to let you know.

Furthermore, we will be releasing the ConnecteDevice API to backers upon release of the iOS app so that backers can integrate the COOKOO watch experience into their own apps.

Android Update:

The Android app will not be released for the time-being due to technical limitations of the Android platform that are outside of our control (Android support of BT4.0). We are working closely with Google and other interested parties to resolve this as quickly as possible. We will keep backers updated as we learn more. All backers who are Android users will still receive their COOKOO watches within the same shipment schedules, unless otherwise requested.

Connected System Battery Life:

We had to make some tough decisions in the past few weeks in order to ensure that the watch would have the longest possible battery life while still offering a great user experience when used daily. In order to ensure that users "feel" the vibration, we had to increase the vibrator current. We also had to speed-up the connection interval to improve the reliability of the connection. Both of these changes impact battery life but improve the overall user experience.

Of course, battery life will vary greatly depending on the number of notifications received, and how frequently users experience disconnection and reconnection events (e.g. walk away from their phones).

Shipping Keychains and Watches in November:

We will begin shipping the watches and keychains very soon with the first shipments leaving Hong Kong next week Monday (November 19th) and are committed to fulfilling all orders before the holidays. Kickstarter first-backer watches are our top priority while all other rewards will be shipped in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th phases, dependent on production schedules, configurations, and such.

Thank you all for supporting us, for helping us get this far, and for your patience and understanding as we roll-out the first COOKOO watches to the world. The entire COOKOO team is committed to offering you, the backers, and our customers, the best possible COOKOO connected watch experience.

Thank you,

Peter and the COOKOO team

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Update #26

Pre-Production Update

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Hello Kickstarters,

Just a short update for you today before I head back into China tomorrow morning once-again ...

PRE-PRODUCTION:

We identified an optimization during our pre-production testing and have made some tweaks in order to tune the alerts and optimize battery life of the watch.  This had an impact on our schedule as we had to source parts, do another test build, etc.

We will be evaluating the build data tomorrow and if all goes well, we'll be able to produce the First Backer watches this week.  Sorry for the delay, but better to make these enhancements now than later.

IOS APP:

We have submitted our iOS app now and it is in review.  We anticipate that the review process will go smoothly and that we can announce that the app is officially live and in the app store the following week.

I'll keep you updated as things progress.

Thanks,

Peter


Update #25

This is why they call it "pre-production" ...

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Hello Kickstarters,

So - I've been called a madman before, but this time I think they really mean it, and I won't stop until you have your COOKOO watches on your wrists.

The past week has been tough...

Thank you to each and every member of the COOKOO team for your continued dedication to making this product a success!

Between development issues, functional testing results analysis, factory hiccups, parts shortages, etc. the whole COOKOO team has been working day and night to ensure that we stay on track, and the team is now learning how I got the nickname "Piranha Pete".

That having-been said, we conducted our first pre-production run and report that the assembled COOKOO watches are now in test.

This pre-production run was for the Brushed Stainless on Black and for the White COOKOO watches, with additional pre-production runs to follow for the other colors.

We'll continue perfecting the assembly and testing process throughout the weekend and into next week in preparation of the first backer COOKOO watch build, followed shortly thereafter by mass production.

On the app side, the iOS app team is also working around the clock and despite development challenges hope to release the COOKOO App to the App Store in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned!

Thanks,

"Piranha" Pete
COOKOO - time to connect

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Update #24

Our Manufacturing Start Dates are Set...

Greetings from Hong Kong!

I went to sleep last night I was dreaming in color and when I awoke, this is what I saw...

I can't tell you how excited I am to be nearing volume production for the COOKOO watch!

We have set our manufacturing date and if all goes well we expect to see the first watches come off the manufacturing lines on October 30th.

That's right - in just 10 days, we should have our first backer Black on Black watches!

What do you think of the colors?  I love them!  

I can't wait to see the final Kickstarter edition and will be sure to post about it once available.

Thanks,

Peter


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