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Radically upgrade your sound and music experience with this 100dB HiFi Bluetooth speaker/portable audio monitor. 50 hours playtime!
1,083 backers pledged £84,768 to help bring this project to life.

Revised shipment with upgraded OS

Posted by Frankenspiel Ltd. (Creator)
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Hello everyone,

We have had to wrestle with a dilemma; we don’t want to just deliver, we want to deliver well with a product that will be relevant in years to come.

While we have experienced excessive delays and issues with our partners, it has given us time to do what we do best; develop and design outstanding music technology. This continued research and development effort has led to a series of new products which have new and improved operating systems, offering new levels of listening experience.

So, why does this matter to you?

We have always promised that the FS-X would not be an orphan product. If we release the FS-X without updating to our new OS, you will get left behind.

It is paramount that we deliver not just an outstanding product but one that will be compatible with our forthcoming App and products launching towards the end of this year.

What we offer is a dramatic improvement. Not only will you have access to advanced, compatible HiFi with improved hardware, your rewards will harness intelligent software removing barriers in use cases, for a social and better connected world.

When will this happen?

We have developed a platform internally for fast-track development. While this project has been challenging, we will now be able to deliver future products in rapid succession.

There are no reasons why we shouldn’t be able to deliver in early September 2016. We are already working to upgrade the new OS and we have everything in place for a smooth shipment that will be free of error.

Is it worth the wait?

Yes. We are doing everything in our power to deliver an FS-X that will keep on giving. An FS-X that is more advanced than any other music speaker on the market today. An FS-X you can use for years to come that will continue to improve with our new App and future products. For us, that is more important than the damage and costs we will have to absorb by delaying the final batch one or maybe two more months.

What about those who have already received their rewards?

At the appropriate time, we will recall the first batch with prepaid couriers to offer a free upgrade to our new system; a system built for the future that won’t get left behind.

If you have not yet received your rewards and would like to change your address, please do so now. If you have lost your survey or you would like to view your current details please go to https://frankenspielfs-x.backerkit.com/. You can view your current details by logging into your BackerKit profile. If you cannot remember your password, please request a new survey using your Kickstarter email address or select ‘Forgot your password?’ on the login page.

Your next update will be no later than 4 weeks from now, Wednesday 17th August. However, we will update you beforehand if delivery is approaching.

All the best,

The Frankenspiel Team

Michael Budge, David Pilkington, and 5 more people like this update.

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    1. Missing avatar

      Erik Jensen on

      This is not rockets sceince at all. its just a simple and stupid Bluetooth speaker with basic standard parts. They are selling tons of them on China and HongKong sites like Aliba, Alieexpress, Banggoog and many more - All functional and to cheap prices. Now we shall hear about integration a new OS system. Will you now deliver a stupid bluetooth speaker with Android og windows 10 and make a competition with Bang & Olufsen, Sonos or Boose. Go for it, you haven't use our money to anything on the frankenspiel speaker yeat, so maybee thats your chance to a come back...

    2. Sami Kuhmonen on

      Could we just all send messages to Kickstarter asking them to require Frankenspiel to provide a factual timeline and proof of actual devices existing? I really don't understand why Kickstarter doesn't care to reply when it's clear this campaign is against their rules: they don't intend to produce anything.

      So, please, report this campaign and explain that Frankenspiel has said they have the product but thy refuse to ship it to us backers.

    3. Gustav Öst on

      HAHA @Marcus Sundman!
      I have a few Yugoslavian friends in London, who lost their jobs in 1992. They own a camera. Perhaps they could assist in photography of the units, shipping preparement and general motivation.

    4. Marcus Sundman on

      I have some Russian acquaintances living in London, and for a modest fee I could send them over to help you out. Like you they are not so good with electronics, and like everyone else on the planet they don't care one iota about your crappy app. However, they are big and strong, so they can help lift things, and they are really good at providing motivation.

    5. Gustav Öst on

      "There are no reasons why we shouldn’t be able to deliver in early September 2016."
      LOL!
      I can think of a few...

    6. Edward Wilcox on

      @Robert Morris did you see it on broadway with Patrick Stewart?

    7. Missing avatar

      Robert Morris on

      I guess I'll keep Waiting for Godot...

    8. Edward Wilcox on

      So Steven Rowe you got your speakers from the first batch or are you just adding fuel to the fire?

    9. Matthew Dearden on

      The fact you think people will buy your products after 2 years of excuses is impressive. Give up. Refund people and move on. It didn't work.

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      joanna leyland on

      @Lucas. Thanks - have no idea where I was looking before. Probably too annoyed|

    11. Steven Rowe on

      I got speakers. Gave them away. Could not compete with Bose sound link mini 2

    12. Missing avatar

      Bernhard
      Superbacker
      on

      hahahaha. and bullshit update #111

    13. Lucas Gabardos on

      @Joanna You posted you previous comment in the "comments" section (and it's still there).

    14. Missing avatar

      Gjerdem on

      I'm not sure whether it's cute or scary that so many backers still believe the speakers exist / will eventually be delivered. They don't and they won't. All that's left is the entertainment value of these updates.

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      joanna leyland on

      My previous comment, a model of politeness and perfect English, has disappeared. It was posted yesterday evening. Here it is again (Oh, and please let me know if you would like me to send my IBAN number for my refund in a private message ):

      As you know, I put money into Frankenspiel with the humble desire to get better audio from my laptop. Subsequently I was surprised to discover that I was not actually one of your target market, not being a passionate stereo nerd (or should it be “geek”?). Still, I put it down to a misunderstanding and was looking forward to delivery.
      My contribution was not large when compared with the total of 85,000 pounds that Frankenspiel received in investments but – since I now have to pay a tax bill of 4,000 euros - I would very much like a refund (every little helps).
      I must say though that I have certainly learnt a lots of new abusive swear words by reading through previous comments.
      Thank you for your attention. Joanna

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      Ruben on

      Oh really, a new OS??! Seriously. Stop kidding yourself or us! What a bunch of bs...
      I kind of did see yet another new delay/excuse coming. But really, I was almost just hoping that it would finally ship...

      "If we release the FS-X without updating to our new OS, you will get left behind."

      WHO CARES??!! If you finally ship a product at all then I'm sure that some people will actually like it and buy new things from you. Now you're just full of it. I have no good thing to say of this..

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      Muggins on

      Show your face. Make a video. Show us a shred of evidence of this software/case molding/ etc. etc. whatever delay. Or is video equipment not available in Cuba/Thailand/prison?

      That this project failed I can take. The loss of £50 I can take. It's the continued, insulting, lying bullshit that offends.

      Why don't you just admit that you failed, despite your best efforts? Or if you spent the KickScammer cash on a Porsche or a holiday in the Maldives or magic beans? Man up. Twat.

    18. Dennes Jeremy Schäffler on

      2014: Yeah awesome, it comes July so I can bring it to the festival in August.
      2015: Ok nice at least this year I can use it for the festival
      2016: July shipping confirmed ... so this year I can finally use it!!
      Now: Do I even give a faack anymore?

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      Mads Bendixen on

      @John H. Halpern, M.D.
      "Wow. New software? Won't that require another round of "prototypes?"" - Please don't give them any ideas for new updates.

    20. jeby on

      Can I JUST HAVE IT?! This is ridiculous! I just want to receive it! If it's just software/firmware, why you don't find a way for later update? If a new release come after receiving the product (god only knows when) what we do, ship it back to you to have it updated, as you are recalling the already shipped unities? This is crazy!

      An then... operating system? Are you kiddin me? This is at best a firmware upgrade!

      As Edward Wilcox I've passed deals just waiting for this.

      JUST
      GIVE
      US
      RELIABLE
      DATE
      OF
      ARRIVAL

      this kind of updates are bullshit.

    21. Michael Schaefer on

      Hi guys,
      Update by sending in the product? What? in 2016?
      Please ship it as is, End of July, as promissed so many times.

      If update ain't possible over the air (bluetooth) or cable, why don't you fire the designer?

      Ah, and shouldn't we decide if it's worth it?
      Michael

    22. John H. Halpern, M.D.
      Superbacker
      on

      +1 to the backer who has renamed himself "Kickstarter is a scam".
      As for Frankenspiel: omg the update abuse worsens! You just attempted to get everyone's hopes up with the last two updates and then crushed them yet again. Current news might have gone down better with "clean, pure" communication with no distortions even at 100db/3m. How about those photos? Of the 1000 speakers? Of the accessories? Of speakers in other colors? How about screenshots of your applet? How about just more evidence/details that you are telling the truth. And why would you dare write September if that too is too ambitious? You've got a way to accelerate this process now? How'd that happen when you not too long ago said you had to reduce to part-timers and a skeleton crew? Only 1 backer wrote anything positive since your update and the rest are about ready to far and feather you...
      Many of us could help you but we need the full truth.

    23. Jason Emery, Jester of Valoria on

      As a software developer I can't fathom what software update a speaker would need that makes it 'social'. It isn't like we would want it to be hijack able by other people randomly. And there is no mic to provide a gateway to voice control or anything like the Echo. I can only presume it is some secret they feel they can't say. Or it is just a made up cover story.

      Mind you, if it was an upgrade to he latest Bluetooth protocols that would be worth it. But t hen there's no reason to keep it secret. And I suspect it would need a new Bluetooth chip. Odd.

    24. Laurence Freedman on

      Call me gullible if you like but I'm still patient in my waiting for these speakers. Unlike some backers who have had a pressing need for them I haven't, just had faith in the campaign and am willing to give them time. I'll go even further to say that if they come out with a matching subwoofer I'll likely back that project too. But like I said, this is all just me being me, which is not to say that the rest of the backers can't be patient individuals, just that I'm relaxed about this moment/situation in general.

    25. Martin on

      It should be possible to update speakers firmware in the field via Bluetooth. Implement that in the existing firmware. Ship the speakers. Deploy the new OS later, when it is done. But ship the speakers.

    26. Edward Wilcox on

      I have passed up great deals on bt speakers because I had faith in this speaker... But man. I vented earlier. I am still upset. I was so stoked for this product. I had wanted it for two separate trips to Ibiza, a year apart. Nada. What a disappointment. He hasn't shown us any proof that the speakers were even created. We won't get these anytime soon. If at all and they will be surpassed by better tech.

    27. Edward Wilcox on

      I have passed up great deals on bt speakers because I had faith in this speaker... But man. I vented earlier. I am still upset. I was so stoked for this product. I had wanted it for two separate trips to Ibiza, a year apart. Nada. What a disappointment. He hasn't shown us any proof that the speakers were even created. We won't get these anytime soon. If at all and they will be surpassed by better tech.

    28. Edward Wilcox on

      I have passed up great deals on bt speakers because I had faith in this speaker... But man. I vented earlier. I am still upset. I was so stoked for this product. I had wanted it for two separate trips to Ibiza, a year apart. Nada. What a disappointment. He hasn't shown us any proof that the speakers were even created. We won't get these anytime soon. If at all and they will be surpassed by better tech.

    29. Joscha Haering on

      You're so ridiculous!
      You are the reason why I haven't backed any project on kickstarter since this campaign failed the first time 2 years ago. Keep your stupid speaker and offer everyone a refund. If your product really is as good as you think you'll have no problems selling it at a later point. And stick your stupid OS update into youre lovey asses.

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      Tyler Freeman on

      Hahahahahahahaha... Liar

    31. Simon Ho
      Superbacker
      on

      look forward to your another 12 months testing your new OS.

      after ALL THESE DELAY, you 're telling us you 're testing a new OS. Lier !!!!!

    32. Che4ter on

      And another bullshit update.

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      Muggins on

      Oh and be respectful and considerate? OK, Kickstarter you are fucking cunts too. That's fair. Con-men in partnership.

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      Muggins on

      I guess it took £50 to learn a life lesson that there are some fucking, low-life, lying scum-bags out there. Take that speaker unit or whatever really exists and shove it up your arse you fucking cunt. I wonder if your kids are ashamed of you or are they con-artists in the making too. Stop emailing me with your "updates", I'm not interested.

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      Niklas on

      @Tom Pickles and @Lewis MacQueen
      Thank you for entertaining me with your great Scottish curses!

    36. John H. Halpern, M.D.
      Superbacker
      on

      Wow. New software? Won't that require another round of "prototypes?"

    37. Jimmy Stiers on

      Backed this one and got it. (GGMM E3 Wireless Smart Speaker)
      Don't need it anymore. But I just want to receive something, but as I said last time, don't expect to receive anything ever.

    38. schiko on

      I have an idea for your next status updates: You can write that the improvements are in time. In September you can write, that Apple didn't accapt the app. Same in Oktober. For November you need another excusion. What about to say that thieves stole your whole production? Or a fire...

      WHY DON'T YOU JUST SAY THAT THIS CAMPAIGN IS SCAM?

      Otherwise I would also accept a refund or sending me the current model.

    39. schiko on

      I have an idea for your next status updates: You can write that the improvements are in time. In September you can write, that Apple didn't accapt the app. Same in Oktober. For November you need another excusion. What about to say that thieves stole your whole production? Or a fire...

      WHY DON'T YOU JUST SAY THAT THIS CAMPAIGN IS SCAM?

      Otherwise I would also accept a refund or sending me the current model.

    40. Carsten Poweronoff on

      Self fulfilling prophecy. A few days ago a friend and I were joking about what excuse they will come up next with and I said, they are probably pulling back from delivery because once of a sudden they discovered extra cool features in the hardware they need to code a new software for. Which is not going to delay delivery until September. HAHAHA!

    41. Rob Fernandes on

      I haven't commented once on the previous dubious updates over the past year, and I'm another who bought these for a holiday two years ago (blimey how time flies). I've actually been unusually sympathetic to these guys where others have been howling at every update. Perhaps I'm naive, or just believed the various stories of production issues at face value.

      But this update.... this update. WOW. I have no words. It looks like it was written by the same guy who sends me emails about transferring funds from an exiled President in Africa. It's transparently nonsense and I'm amazed someone thought this update was legitimate enough to excuse further delay. I believed all the stories before but man alive, it's obvious now.

      Amazing that a company with all these problems and delays has the money for this mass recall and upgrade for the (presumably fictitious) customers who are supposed to have already seen a device, rather than ship to those (presumably everyone) who hasn't. While you're about it Frankenspiel, please send a prepaid courier to collect my jaw from the floor.

    42. The Bearded Lady
      Superbacker
      on

      What a load of bollocks! I want the speaker by the end of July and no later or a refund!

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      Alister Perrott on

      This update is utterly unbelievable. Please just send me the product you promised two years ago. If I want a more advanced HiFi product in the future, I will buy one from a reputable company.

    44. Lucas Gabardos on

      Where do they find the money to pay their employees and keep developing stuff ? With this much delay there can't be any money left from the campaign...

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      Edoardo Bruschini on

      So basically you keep us for 2 years waiting to finally decide for us if we want the product or a "future updated one". We paid for something and we want it now.
      Sons of a bitches...that is what you really are...
      This is incredible...FIRST AND LAST project in kickstarter...no words really noone stole me money this easily in my whole life.

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      Gjerdem on

      (*munching popcorn*)

      "Ooh, a new OS? Did not see that one coming!"

      Did, however, see the new delay and SOME sort of brainless lie coming from a mile away.

    47. Lewis MacQueen on

      you really are a hoof walking bungle cunt

    48. Edward Wilcox on

      LEAVE ME BEHIND!!! SEND ME MY FUCKING SPEAKER!

    49. S M on

      Anyone from UK? Let's file a lawsuit.

    50. Henrik Norberg on

      *checking date*
      Nope. Not April 1st...
      How strange, it really feels like that every time there is an update.