exciting times as delivery and finalisation of the Dash is moving closer.
Bragi APP preview
Martin from the UX team prepared a early demonstrator of the app.
You will be able to try a clickable demo, that we made early January. You will need to install an app from Pixate to view the basic demo on your smartphone. Looking forward to your response.
Open the link on your smartphone, install Pixate and check it out.
This is a sneak preview on work in progress. No normal company would ever release anything like this, but we think that you will appreciate being involved in the process. Transitions, fields and UI will change. Macro creation is basic, but you'll get the point. The data visualisation is not complete. We have obviously been developing the apps for quite a while, and the framework is improving. Pixate is a fast way of visualising the basic experience.
When we received the mechanical parts, we continued the electro-mechanical integration between The Dash and The Charger.
The pads need to connect with spring loaded pins (pogo pins) on The Charger, and needs to do so reliably. The concept was, that neodymium magnets on the charger side would pull The Dash into the charging cradle. Each pogo pin needs be applied 70g of pressure to ensure safe connection. With 5 pins, that amounts to 350g of pressure. So the magnets were calculated to apply 500g of pressure.
When we did our first rapid prototyping with the parts received, we saw that the pogo pins (gold plated pins) needed much more force resulting in no or bad connections.
We have come up with a modified magnetic and pogo pin solution that we need to implement with our suppliers. Dan is currently in China to speed that process up.
Software Development Kit (SDK)
Toby and his software team is preparing the first SDK release. It will consist of tools and guidance. We are finalising the development website, where developers can exchange ideas, knowledge and interact with our developers. Toby has a nasty cold, so please excuse the lack of enthusiasm :-)
BRAGI has received additional funding
Creating a company capable of delivering The Dash is a very exciting challenge. Within a very short timeframe, we are not just building a product, but more importantly building a company with the capability of transforming ideas to delightful experiences for our customers.
Building a company requires financial support, and I'm very happy to announce, that we have completed our finance round. On the 29th of January a group of great people signed an investment agreement with BRAGI. The investment enables BRAGI to achieve our goals from a financial point of view.
If we had failed securing additional funds, I would have been forced to let go of a significant part of our team. Needless to say, the pressure on all of us has been huge. I wish to thank my team in public for their commitment and standing by BRAGI even when the outlook was challenging.
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is a huge thing, but it also means that all production is closing down in China for a week. As mentioned in our last update, we needed to improve the layout of the electronics as well as enhance the wireless performance of the left Dash. The process of receiving new printed circuit boards takes about 3-4 weeks, due to the complexity and size of our electronics. We should have received the new electronics tomorrow. Dan is as mentioned in China to ensure delivery of electronics, but it seems that the delivery has been delayed until after Chinese New Year. That sucks! We were eager to continue wireless performance testing. Dan is returning on Friday, and we have not lost all hope, that he will have some of the parts with him when he returns.
We did receive the first out of tool (still needs modifications) of The Leash and The White Dash. The white saturation of the white dash is not yet where it should be.
Until we have definite confirmation that our electronics has been delayed, the timeline remains as communicated at last update:
Development backers early March 2015
October shipments in late March early April 2015
November shipments 2nd half April 2015
January shipments in May 2015
Pre-Orders from our website in May 2015
Thank you for your support,
BRAGI team and Nikolaj