I'm currently at the airport for yet another North America trip. 12 hours of economy flight is nothing to look forward to. Especially if you are 1,96 cm tall like me.
Looking back at the last few weeks are certainly more pleasurable than sitting in middle row of an economy class transatlantic flight.
So when is BRAGI shipping?
It starts now actually. The first 103 units for Kickstarter developers left our factory last week. They arrive in Munich today for a review, and will be sent to EU located backers later this week.
What is the plan?
The Dash is a very challenging device to manufacture. During the last beta production the production yield should be above 80% before most companies start pilot production. BRAGI has now produced 440 units that are used internally at BRAGI, for certifications, for reliability and robustness testing etc. We are currently at a production yield of 78%. We have planned 3 smaller pilot production batches of 500 units each, first batch starting end of this week. The intention is to increase the yield to at 90%, before we can move into full production.
By the end of October all remaining The Dash for all Kickstarter levels should have been built, and we would have received all necessary certifications for EU and North America. Yeehaa.
What are we delivering?
All Kickstarter pledges (except for developers) will receive:
The Dash, The Charger with the aluminium slider, a USB cable, The Leash, 4 sizes of FitSleeves and nice packaging.
After receipt of The Dash you will receive a voucher for our online store to claim the set of coloured sleeves in the size of your choice.
You will be able to download the BRAGI app for free from Apple, Google and Microsoft stores.
The audio performance will be much better than what we communicated. The Dash features a balanced armature speaker, that with the right fit has amazing sound quality. The embedded music player can now playback mp3 up to 320kbs bit rate (vs. 192kbs promised). Embedded music sounds stunning on The Dash.
We have chosen not to use Apt-X codec. After tuning Bluetooth, none of us (even the golden ears) were not able to distinguish between Apt-X enabled and disabled on the tuned bleutooth connection. Even while watching videos, we haven't got any noticable audio delay.
We use a combination of a bone conduction and ear canal microphone for picking up voice. During a phone call it sounds good. Will post a recording in our next update. You can manage your calls directly from the touch pad of The right Dash.
Ambient transparency works really well. It is an essential feature of a truly wireless earphone, so you avoid taking The Dash in and out when communicating with others.
We added a gyroscope and a magnetometer compared to what we promised during our Kickstarter. We also promised to have running, swimming and biking tracking. At shipping time, we will have basic running features in.
We are not backing down from the promise in any way. The tracking features are very tough for the system, and requires an absolutely stable platform, so we need help from some of you in the first weeks.
You will have the possibility to report bugs, things you do not like or other issues right within the BRAGI app. The Dash will also monitor it's own health, and if you approve, The Dash will anonymously send it's health status to BRAGI. We will NOT receive any biometric or movement data.
That will enable us to improve the platform with thousands of users providing feedback rather than tens of users we have right now (74 in our test pool to be exact). We will have all the tracking capabilities communicated by the end of 2015, except for body and outside temperature. The measurements have proven unreliable without repeated calibration.
Running is first priority, then swimming and last biking. The Dash is capable of fully updating the entire system. That enables us to provide updates that will improve stability and add features.
The Dash was intended to be water proof, but it wouldn't play back audio in stereo under water. Now it does. The Dash is waterproof down to 1m depth. It is awesome, but has a few limitations. Unless you have a great fit, do not expect the pulse measurements to work well under water. The optical sensor for measuring pulse does not work well, if there is water in front of the lenses.
BRAGI launched a new website last monday. For legal reasons, we cannot advertise with features that will be launched with future BRAGI OS updates, but only describe features that are currently delivered.
All Kickstarter backer levels should be shipped by end of October, pending positive feedback on certifications. We cannot ship any units before we have approval for certifications. We expect to have those by the 27th of October.
Kickstarter developer pledge level backers from EU will receive tracking information on their shipment this week, rest of world expected next week.
Now on to my flight. I need to hurry. I won't be able to respond to many questions before I land in 12 hours.
Regards, BRAGI team and Nikolaj