Improvements, Time Schedule & Questionnaire
First, I would like to thank everyone for the great feedback, comments, ideas after my last update.
We have learned much from this feedback but in view of so much inquiries I was not able to answer them all
and instead I want to offer an overview of the actual project status here:
The overwhelming majority voted for the optimized "Micro" version I presented in my last update, even if this means a small delay in delivery. Anyway, we want to deliver the "classical" carbon models to all backers who want them.
Meanwhile we have optimized the generator and could eliminate the annoying flickering of the lights nearly completely. We will integrate this feature in all variants in future (Carbon or Micro, front- and rearlight).
We also integrated a new technique that works highly efficient at any speed (especially high speed). Almost any hub dynamo looses efficiency with higher speed (> 20km/h) and also our older prototypes do. But the circuit we need is too complicated for our first series, because we lack resources to develop a stable circuit which is ready for production in a few weeks. We don't want to loose more time on this optimization and now decided to offer the following to our backers:
You can choose the optimal speed range which is best for you and I think this is much better than giving all of you the same standard solution.
Magnic Light illumination starts at a certain minimum speed (for example at least 3km/h or at least 9km/h). If the minimum speed is higher (light starts at higher speed) then the emitted light will be brighter at higher speed. For example the 3 km/h version starts illumination at 3km/h and the 9 km/h version starts at 9 km/h, but at higher speed (say 30 km/h) the 9 km/h version performs much better and is much more efficient than the 3 km/h version.
We will send out a questionnaire to all backers asking if you want to have the "slow" version starting at 3km/h("S"), or the "fast" version which starts at 9 km/h ("F"). We think this is a useful optimization because we have different kinds of cyclists with different speed range- and we can integrate this feature easily without any risk of malfunction.
Here is the new time schedule:
We have started production of the generator kernel this week- so the first series kernels will be available end of August.
Injection molding parts for the revised "micro" version will be availabe at the beginning of October so we can ship the "micro" version at the beginning of November. You will get two lightweight micro lights (left and right including adapters) with better visibilty from all sides instead of one heavier "Carbon" light- if you like.
In the questionnaire we need two informations from you:
Speed range: "S" (slow) or "F" (fast)
Type: "M" (micro) or "C" (Carbon)
This means, we can offer the speed range selection for the Carbon version too (and it will also be free from flickering) but the magnet component won't be optimized in contrast to the "Micro" version.
We can ship the Carbon version end of September.
We hope that many of you choose the new optimized "Micro" version because this will be the product we want to launch end of this year in contrast to the "carbon" version which can be regarded as collector's item.
We also plan to add a special to the Micro version (engraving, hologram or both) as distinction from the standard version.
The last months we got requests from small and large companies for more than 50 countries- but they have to wait until we have finished delivery to the Kickstarter backers. So you won't see us at bicycle exhibtions this year any more because time is scarce and actually we don't need any kind of promotion. We were asked if there are different kinds of applications for our technique like (USB-) chargers for GPS, Iphone, ... generators for industrial sensors,...
The answer is yes and we already applied for protection- so there is a lot of work ahead.
The questionnaire will follow within the next days.