in our last update we told you that The Dash works. And it still does.
Major part of our work has been focused at increasing the stability of The Dash to ensure that it works really well.
We have speakers and microphones embedded in The Dash. Those are protected from water ingress by membranes. The membrane on the ambient microphone works great, while the membrane in front of the speaker induce distortion at low frequencies.
By applying different adhesive and optimizing membrane structure we expect to remove the distortion in the next few weeks.
The last puzzle parts of the mechanical structure have come together. All injection mould tools are done except for the injection mould tool for the charging area on The Dash. It needed further improvement to decrease assembly time and reduce production risks towards waterproofing. It is noncritical to the current plan.
BRAGI Operating System & Software
The Dash is a evolving platform that is capable of improving though time through software updates. All future operating system upgrades for The Dash will be free of charge for you.
We have 3 major software releases planned. Blacklight (V1.0), Essence (V2.0) and Promise (V3.0).
Blacklight has all features needed to be able to production test and user experience test The Dash.
Essence adds additional features and Bluetooth Low Energy support. We rely on a final firmware upgrade from a supplier promised for ultimo July to enable us to qualify the Essence software for final production.
Promise adds more advanced sensor features like airtime, cadence, laps and others.
Blacklight RC (release candidate V0.9) should be finished this Friday and will be tested until being used for our production run scheduled for July 13th through July 24th.
Essence RC (V1.9) is planned for the 27th of July and will go onto all the developer kits. Essence (V2.0) is planned for the pilot production planned from the 17th to 28th of August.
Promise (V3.0) is planned for late September/early October update through the Bragi APP. After Promise (V3.0) you should expect bimonthly software updates that will improve the user experience, increase sensor precision and correct issues only found within large numbers of devices.
Work is progressing according to time-plan. The App should be in the respective app stores by end of August.
A nice feature is the integrated help function in The App. Martin shows you how that works inside the iOS app. So if you have ideas, need help or have specific challenges, we will be able to help you directly inside the BRAGI App when you have received your Dash.
This video below displays our special developer app capable of tracing all system feedback from The Dash and an interface to make The Dash do certain actions. This app will be used solely by developers to interact with and develop for The Dash.
Things that aren't optimal
In order to make an ultra low power The Dash, we had to make some concessions.
Lower USB transfer speeds require less power hungry chips inside The Dash.
Our choice was significantly longer battery life vs. faster USB data transfer. Battery life won.
It will take approximately 4-6 seconds to transfer a mp3 song to The Dash. Filling all the available space on The Dash with music would thus take an estimated 4000-6000 seconds (67-100 minutes). We hope that is acceptable to you with the obvious benefits in mind.
Hidden gems that make The Dash even better
If you haven't been following conversation in the comments, you wouldn't know that The Dash will do more than promised in our Kickstarter campaign. Just to sum up the most important gems:
Battery life up with 33% towards Kickstarter promise
Improved with better speakers and acoustic performance (balanced armature speakers)
Improved with higher performance ear bone microphone for speech
The Case will be able to recharge The Dash up to 8 times at 20 deg C (In total providing 24 hours playtime without access to USB power).
Awesome case with aluminium slider
Magnetic connector for simple and convenient placement of The Dash in The Case.
Functions that are enabled in future software releases:
Added a 3 axis gyroscope sensor that can measure relative rotations (activated in Promise)
Added a 3 axis compass (magnetometer) tell absolute direction you are looking (activated in Promise)
Two independent bluetooth systems. One system is connected to your phone/tablet/laptop as a slave. The other bluetooth system enables other devices to connect to The Dash as the master. That enables The Dash to control or receive data from other sensors, locks, watches, IoT devices, remote controls etc. This functionality is expected towards a December/January release time.
An this is just the start of an exciting journey.
Backers have no right to a refund from Kickstarter projects, but we felt that anyone should have the right to step back. Also due to the unforeseen challenges we encountered.
Your support has been amazing, and very few has chosen to get a refund. On this Friday we have to order all components needed to build The Dash for you. We hope that you understand that we can't do any more refunds for products we have already bought parts for.
As of today we will not provide any refunds anymore. We have kept our timeline since early April, and are looking forward to provide you with The Dash.
Competition on name
We had a small competition on our Facebook page to give the magnetic charging interface inside The Case a name.
We chose MagSnap. Short, precise and similar to the noise made by The Dash when placed in The Case.
Congratulations to Alasdair Grant who was the first one to come up with the name. What do you think?
We are on track to ship:
Developer kits Early August
Early bird backers in late August
Rest of backers in September.
Shipment time is estimated to 5-10 days with the selected forwarder.
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team BRAGI and Nikolaj