Funded! This project was successfully funded on April 20, 2011.

Update #15

Status

Hello Comrades,

Happy New Year! Hope you all had (or are having) a lovely break for the holidays. We wanted to give a quick update on the status of everything. 

The majority of you should have received your Cosmonaut by now, or at the very least received a shipping confirmation that it is on its way. If neither of these is true, it likely means you never filled in the address survey. If you never received the Cosmonaut or even a shipping notice, sent us a message and we'll track down the problem and get it straightened out. If you are overseas and haven't received it yet, sit tight, there are quite a few still in transit we imagine. 

On the whole, people are loving their Cosmonauts, and we are pretty pumped about that. Here are a couple nice reviews that have surfaced on the internet:

"The Cosmonaut exudes quality. Writing with the Cosmonaut is satisfyingly firm and perfectly controlled, and it glides over the screen perfectly. I can’t really describe the gliding feel any better: it’s just perfect." - Marco Arment

"In my opinion, this is currently the best iPad stylus available; comfortable, accurate and good-looking, too." - Gigaom

Unfortunately, it's not all roses. We have discovered that a batch of Cosmonauts were shipped out in which the tips did not meet our quality level. Essentially, the tips were not conductive enough, so you would need to press quite hard for them to register. In practice, using the Cosmonaut should be quite effortless, so this is not good. Fortunately, we think this only affected a small number of people, and we can easily correct the problem by sending a replacement tip. So, if you feel you were one of the unlucky few that received a dud tip, please send us a Kickstarter message or an email to hello@studioneat.com and we'll make it right. We want you to love your Cosmonaut. We're really sorry this happened, but feel it's about par for the course considering all the hiccups we've experienced in this project. And, just to be clear (and to save us from getting some email), the gap of air in-between the tip and core is by design, this is so the tip is able to compress slightly and register on the screen properly. 

We also want to take this moment to thank you all so much for your support, and for sticking with us. The two of us were reminiscing about this crazy journey, and we realized that if it weren't for Kickstarter and the 6000+ backers that supported us, we probably would have given up on the Cosmonaut. Although it was incredibly stressful at times, having the support of this many people pushed us to make something great. 

Thanks, and here's to a great 2012. 

Tom & Dan


Update #14

Brief Update

Hello Comrades,

Just a brief update. About 1200 Cosmonauts arrived today to our US warehouses, and we are going to be sending batches of 1200 or so each day this week to our warehouses in LA, Philly, and the UK. In other words, some backers will begin receiving Cosmonauts by the end of this week, and they will continue to be rolled out into the next week. Exciting! 

Additionally, we have opened up orders for the Cosmonaut on our website! If you had wanted to order more or get one for a friend, now is your chance. Unfortunately, orders made through our website will not begin shipping for 4-6 weeks. Our main priority is getting the Kickstarter orders out before Christmas, and orders from our website will come in a second wave. You guys will be the first to get them. 

That's it for now. Can't wait for you all to start receiving them!

Tom & Dan


Update #13

Prepare for Launch

Hello Comrades!

Well, the day is upon us. We both just got back from a week long trip to South Dakota, where we evaluated the tip and overmold production, and made sure everything was moving along as it should be. We have in our hands a final, completed Cosmonaut, and it is awesome. We can't wait to show it to you all. It's been a long journey, but we think the wait will be worth it. 

In terms of schedule, our factories are working hard to produce the Cosmonauts as fast as they can. The machines will be running at full capacity this week, and we hope to have every Cosmonaut for Kickstarter backers created and shipped to our warehouses by the end of the week. It will take a couple days to process in the warehouses, and then they will be shipped out to everyone! So, expect to receive a shipping confirmation email sometime next week. International orders might lag slightly behind as it takes longer for the boxes to get to our warehouse in the UK. If everything goes as planned, everyone should get theirs before Christmas (hallelujah). 

Check out a picture below of the packaging, we think it's pretty neat. 

Lastly, we put together a little video showing the process behind creating the Cosmonaut. And what better person to show it off than Mr. Rogers. 

Tom & Dan

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Update #12

Survey Stragglers

Hello Comrades,

We just wanted to remind everyone who has not filled out the survey yet, please do so. The vast majority of you already have (thank you!) but there are still a few stragglers. We are going to set a hard deadline for this Friday to fill it out. If you don't fill it in by then, it doesn't mean you won't get a Cosmonaut, it just means you won't be in the first batch that gets shipped out. So please fill it out ASAP!

If you didn't get an email about the survey when we sent it out two weeks ago, check your spam folder, or, when you log in to Kickstarter there should be a banner at the top of the page, directing you to the survey. If you still can't find it, send us a message. 

Sorry for the message that only applies to a small number of people. In other news, production is moving along as planned, and it still looks like we will begin shipping at the end of November / early December, in time for the holidays. We have visited the aluminum manufacturer and the printer (who are doing the packaging), and will be visiting Premier Source the week after Thanksgiving. This is where everything will finally come together, and we can't wait. We are taking some great video footage, and hope to assemble a nice little "making of" video to show the entire process. 

Until next time,

Tom & Dan

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Update #11

The Survey

Hello Comrades,

Just a quick note, we have now sent the surveys out to all of our backers. You should have gotten an email from Kickstarter with a link to the survey. If not, head to Kickstarter.com and login, there should be a banner at the top of the page directing you to the survey. 

Please fill it out as soon as you can, this is the ONLY way we can obtain your shipping address. Also, this is how you let us know if you want an aluminum or wood end cap. 

In short, if you didn't fill out the survey, we won't know where to ship your Cosmonaut, so you should fill it out before you forget!

Cheers,

Tom & Dan

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