ITreq FITNESS MUSIC PLAYER • Wearable Cordless Tech • Rugged Light Weight • Ideal for Fitness Workouts • No Long Earphone Cables
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First engineering samples have arrived for hardware and firmware testing. Very minor enclosure dimension modifications were required for pre-production units from these first prototypes. Sample pre-production run of first 100 PCB’s are all working fine and accounted for after 180 hour burn in testing.
We have produced 100 working prototypes. We will be lifecycle testing our prototypes in order to make sure that they can withstand daily use over time. For the past 10 months we have been organizing our manufacturing plan with tooling and part vendors for final assembly & testing.
At this point we need the additional funds to purchase the production tooling for the enclosures and the silicone earhook molds and testing fixtures. All firmware and electronics designs have been completed and are working great. We are working through agency certifications and have not been given any time lines that effect our anticipated delivery schedules. Part of the funds will go to making this all happen.
During the design and prototype development stages we have worked very closely with the manufacturing team that will produce ITreq units. Our manufacture will deliver units in the first 6 weeks after project funding. This puts us into September 2013 for early backers and production units.
We have lined up our US fulfillment distributor and are in the process of installing in-house data systems for management of the rewards deliveries per our commitment dates. All Kickstarter Backer units will be shipped before any product for potential distribution sales will be processed.
To convert a ITunes song is a simple conversion in ITunes;
Go to: iTunes preferences - General - Import settings. -Set it to MP3.
Select the song(s) in iTunes, right click > Create MP3 version.
Note that this will create a new mp3 file. The original will remain unchanged.
You will then be starting a playlist of MP3 files that can be saved in the computer and downloaded to the player via USB connector.
*Don't forget to change Import settings back to AAC (or whatever they were).
Because we have a number of backers from Canada, which is considered to be "International Shipping" on Kickstarter, we have evaluated our shipping and document preparation costs for Canada and have found it less than the typical international backer. We have opened up a catagory of "Early Backer" for Canadian Backers. $59 + $6 S&H so the pledge amount is $65 on the first 100 units. If you want to back one of the other awards please add $6 to your pledge and at survey time let us know that this is a ship to Canada.
If you have already pledged for ITreq, and will be having units shipped to Canada please send a email to "Contact Us" not "Comments" and we will help with the change.
Thank you for your support of ITreq.
Thank you for this questions and concerns regarding International shipping.
I hope to be as clear as possible regarding some of your concerns over the added shipping cost to international backers. Initially we had to consider not offering ITreq to international backers for the risk of shipping units out of the country, to all the different duty requirements and the tracking of packages in each different country. This is when we realized we could not rule out our international backers. The final decision was a full commitment to international backers and to send ITreq to as many Kickstarters that wanted this great product.
Yesterday, we managed to make a “Early Bird” pledge award for Canada. This adjustment is in line with true ground shipping costs. Prior to doing so, Kickstarter has only one category for International. If you are a Canadian customer and paid the international shipping cost in your pledge of $20, please let me know through “Contact Me” and I will explain the procedure for your adjustment.
We have really have tried to keep all cost associated with shipping international to a very low minimum. At this point we have contracted with a professional fulfillment house to manage these details only after we explored 3 others and found them higher in all cases. We have made our final choice of provider for the packing and shipping services and to securely fulfill your orders.
This is sample of destinations we have negotiated with the fulfillment house:UK - $21.45; Australia - $23.20; Canada - $4.45; Ireland - $19.95; Main Land China-$23.45; South Korea-$22.88; Japan-$23.10; France-$21.45; Germany-$22.76. If you would like to check shipping for your address, please look up common carrier shipping from Oakland, CA 94606; package size, 1 pound, 6 ounces; box measuring 9"x6"x4". With tracking.
With this arrangement, we are happy and confident that you would get your package anywhere in the world and we can track it from here. As of today we have backers in Nepal, Ukraine, Iceland, South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji, and everywhere else on the planet you can imagine.
We came to Kickstarter not to make money on shipping but to successfully fund and launch a really great product audio product. I hope that everyone understand ITreq has come a very long ways since it was just an idea 3 years. Now with your help through Kickstarter, our efforts of bringing the best little audio player in this price range, could be on your ears by September. Thank you for being so understanding in this matter and help us make ITreq a success for all of us. At this point we are doing great on track for production and will make our funding goal.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter. GO ITreq!!