Project Funded... and Beyond!
Hope everyone had a great weekend 😎. We’ve been busy getting everything sorted, prioritizing passthrough charging - and let’s just say we’ve worked day and night to sort this out with one of the leading suppliers of USB power delivery chips rather than celebrating (we’ll save that for when we start shipping!)
Wow, we ended the campaign with almost 10,000 GENKI orders on Kickstarter which means we really have to kick it into high gear. I think there’s about 20 million Nintendo Switch’s out there meaning we’ll be in roughly 1 in 2,000 Switch’s out there, 0.05%!
Glad you asked! If you’re reading this update you’ll probably fall into 4 categories:
1. I’ve made my order on Kickstarter, everything is groovy, what now?
Awesome, you got your stuff together and now we need to get our stuff together. We'll send a Backerkit survey sometime next week where you can finalize your color choice, select the add-ons you wanted, and confirm your final shipment address.
2. I’ve made my order on Kickstarter but there’s a few things I want to add.
So maybe you wanted to upgrade with some add-ons or even an extra GENKI for a loved one, no problem. When we send the Backerkit survey next week you’ll have the option to make additional purchases but note that you’ll have to provide your payment details again to Backerkit. From there you’ll also be able to select your colors and of course provide your final shipping address.
3. I’ve made my order on Kickstarter but are having some issues with payment!
So over the next few days Kickstarter is going through the orders and may label some as pending charges to your credit card, if it goes through it might have applied two pending charges, either way it shouldn’t be an issue and should be cleared over the next few days. If not, please reach out to Kickstarter as we don’t see your payment details. If for some reason your card was completely rejected even after trying to fix it, we’ve found a workaround where you can just enter your payment details (including PayPal options) as needed through Backerkit to recover your purchase. By the way we don't see any of your payments until after everything clears about 2 weeks from now.
4. I fell asleep at the wheel and totally missed the Kickstarter.
Bummer. Not all is lost though! You can’t be part of the original campaign but we’re starting to take pre-orders on Indiegogo InDemand so you’ll at least still be able to get a discount and get it shortly after the Kickstarter shipments. You won’t be able to get those limited edition colors though, sorry!
We’re actually super stoked to know that we’ll be shipping GENKI to 82 countries! I feel like Mario taking his journey Cappy spaceship across different worlds when I read through the list. If you’re curious, and from one of these countries you can be delighted to know that you will be the only gamer in your country to have a GENKI:
Aruba / Bulgaria / Bermuda / Belize / Cambodia / Cayman Islands / Croatia / Estonia / Ethiopia / Faroe Islands / Gibraltar / Guam / Latvia / Maldives / Martinique / Qatar / Romania / Serbia / Turkey / Trinidad and Tobago
Please, please if you're one of these backers please send photos of you rocking Genki. It'll be like postcards for us and we'll feel warm and fuzzy inside.
What Can I Plug GENKI into?!
Okay now that we got all of that out of the way we can get back to the product update. So we’ve been doing some testing compatibility wise and basically can confirm that GENKI works with the following devices:
Rear Entry 🔌
Great news! We got power passthrough to work. It's actually pretty crazy how much this impacts our product. And for those that care, yeah we didn't skimp, these are gold-plated contacts, and yes it matters. Before we get too excited there's a load of testing we need to do - we've taken a lot of precautions and learned a lot about what causes damage to the Switch and we'll share it in way more detail next post.
Surprisingly we were able to keep everything the same size by redesigning the buttons, leaving less gap between the board and the shell by extending the triggers into the actual button beyond the shell. Check out a before and after:
Building a passthrough charging of course comes at a price. We're no longer able to build out a full antenna and are working with a more high tech ceramic antennas. The trade-off here is way less real estate on the board for a reduced range and higher cost. This means we probably won't hit the 60 feet (20m) but we're getting at least 36 feet (12m) - either way it'll be further than a Joy-Con so hopefully this won't mess up anyone's setup.
Some further clarification also on the role of the passthrough, it only allows power to go through and is managed by a USB Power Delivery chip so this means you can actually charge it at the full 18 watts (and it will protect from overcharging). Despite it being a USB-C port, however, you won't be able to plug it in directly between the Switch and the dock - it will charge but not pass the audio/video data through to the television so keep the dock adapter handy.
Also while we were working on passthrough charging we actually met up with Phillip who you guys may all know from another popular Kickstarter who is putting the final touches on the Satisfye Pro Grip and works perfectly while gaming. When its standing it kind of uses GENKI as a tripod leg for support though.
Anyways, that's it for now. We'll have more to share in the next update. Look forward to the Backerkit survey next week as we try to optimize it for logistics.