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**Project Update: 11/4**
Exciting Updates to Share!
We have some really exciting last minute updates and rewards to share with you before our campaign ends on Sunday!
NEW Color Option: TruGlide™ Apex in Obsidian Black!
We are very pleased to announce that we have added a new color option of the TruGlide Apex to our production line – Obsidian Black!
And yes – those of you who have selected a TruGlide Apex in your reward level will be able to choose which color you would like to receive! We will include this as a question in our closing survey when we collect your shipping address and other important information.
NEW Reward Level: TruGlide™ Apex Collector’s Set
Additionally, we have added another reward level. This level will include one (1) TruGlide Apex in the Brushed Silver color, one (1) TruGlide Apex in the NEW Obsidian Black color, and one (1) Levitating Apex Stand. Each Apex will ship with the exclusive Kickstarter black and green PU leather carrying case. As a thank you to all our great backers, we will be offering this reward level for just $98!!!
If you would like to upgrade your pledge to take advantage of this offer, simply follow these steps:
1. Visit our project page and select “MANAGE MY PLEDGE”.
2. Select the "COLLECTOR’S SET" reward.
3. Adjust your pledge amount accordingly.
Apex Update: Working Better than Ever!
We have been testing our latest pre-production model on a variety of note-taking apps, and we are delighted to say that it is working better than ever! Below is a video briefly demonstrating it with a few of our favorite apps:
iPad Air & Apex!
Many of you have been asking about the TruGlide Apex’ compatibility with the iPad Air, so we got in line at the Apple store in the wee hours of the morning last Friday to purchase and test the Apex with the new touch circuitry used in the iPad Air. Our engineers worked throughout the weekend testing the Apex with the Air, and they are pleased to say that the Apex is already working pretty well. With some minor tuning modifications, the production version of the Apex will be optimized and compatible with the iPad Air!
Pro + Smartie Reward Levels: Ready to Ship Immediately!
For those of you who have selected our $5 and $25 reward levels that include the Smartie Cloth and TruGlide Pro + Artist Brush Bundle, we will be shipping your rewards out immediately after the project closes! Keep checking your email for your closing survey so that we can start processing and mailing shipments ASAP!
**Project Update: 10/24**
Thanks so much for all of your support and interest throughout this campaign!
Good news to share!!
The Apex prototype shown in the video has been further improved. Originally our circuit design allowed for ~ 8 hours of constant on-time from a single battery.
We’ve decided to make one final modification to our circuit board that allows the Apex to run more efficiently.
The result is a > 2X improvement in battery life. So the Apex will now last for at least 16 hours of constant “note-taking-time” without needing to replace the battery.
The Apex circuit boards on order are all being modified with the new design and should start to arrive at our factory in November.
Since we originally had about a 3 to 4 week buffer in our production ramp schedule, we are actually still on track to deliver initial production units to backers in December and high volume production units in January.
Thank you all for your support!!! We are thrilled that we were able to reach and surpass our initial project goal in under 48 hours!
We would also like to take the time to thank you for the great questions and feedback. Based on trending comments and questions we have developed a FAQ page which we hope will be helpful to current and future backers.
We have made a couple updates to the project.
First, since the nib is a very important part of any stylus, we are pleased to announce that we will be shipping each Apex out with one installed nib and two additional nibs for no extra cost to our backers.
Next, due to popular request, we have added ANOTHER reward level!
Thanks again to everyone!
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Apple revolutionized the world with the iPad, and our goal is to bring that same elegance and simplicity with the design of the TruGlide Apex.
The TruGlide Apex is the next generation stylus. Our engineers worked hard to develop a super-fine, hard-point stylus that delivers a realistic pen to paper writing experience.
By using brass fittings, a metal stylus body, and a brushed silver coating, the Apex has been designed with quality in mind.
What makes this different from other styluses?
With our innovative circuitry, the Apex boasts a reduction of over 90% in tip area compared to most soft rubber styluses.
Also, unlike other electronic styluses appearing on the market, the Apex Fine Point Stylus is not limited to specific applications.
Our engineers have succeed in making the TruGlide Apex work universally across all apps without the need for additional attachments or plug-ins.
How does the TruGlide Apex work?
The TruGlide Apex uses active circuitry that creates an electronic interruption of the field coupling between the drive electrode and the receive electrodes of the mutual-capacitance touch screen panel and controller IC. This interruption to the flow of electrons simulates a finger, allowing the device to register a “touch”.
The Apex works with an AAAA replaceable battery and can be turned on and off with a simple rotation of the specially designed fin on the top of the stylus body.
It's simple. Pick it up, turn it on, and let your ideas take flight!
Tip: 2.4mm replaceable hardened rubber nib
Height: 1.3cm (0.5”)
Length: 14cm (5.5”)
Composition: Brass barrel and fittings with plastic end cap for circuit isolation
Process and Development
The research phase of the TruGlide Apex project started near January 2013. In this phase, we teamed up with the Loyola Physics Department to develop our concept into a usable product.
Once we had the basic development complete, we went to work on the electronic aspect and engineered the circuit prototype.
After the initial engineering of the circuit prototype, we were able to move into circuit debugging in March. Then, we took detailed steps to ensure the industrial design fit our needs and desires for the TruGlide Apex.
This past May we were able to revise the design for improved performance. The revised design led us to prototype development and testing to ensure the high quality of our product.
We are delighted to now have a working prototype of the TruGlide Apex and are ready to move toward mass production. Our goal is to raise enough funding to start production and bring the Apex to market by January of 2014.
Who is the TruGlide Apex for?
We provide a product we know all types of people can use and enjoy.
From children to adults, professionals, students, artists, and everyone in between, we can ensure everyone will find a use and appreciation for the TruGlide Apex.
Bringing the Apex to You
With your help, we plan to move into mass production the first week of November 2013. Our working prototype is made from plastic 3D modeling, so the first step will be to create a production mold. The final product will feature a brass barrel, metal fittings, and high grade plastic construction.
Within 3-4 weeks after the initial tooling and manufacturing process starts, we plan to have our first TruGlide Apex styluses completed. During the production time, we will finalize our packaging and marketing concepts.
By early December, our goal is to begin shipping out our first TruGlide Apex styluses. The first TruGlide Apex’ will go to the early bird backers who opted for delivery by Christmas!
By January of 2014, we plan to have added the TruGlide Apex to our existing line of TruGlide styluses which are sold through our eCommerce store, Amazon.com, and other retailers. The TruGlide Apex will then be available to everyone!
Risks and challenges
We wanted to make certain we could really produce this product before asking our fellow Kickstarters to back us. We have worked through all the design issues and our TruGlide™ Apex works as shown in our video.
The people in the video on the street outside the Chicago Apple store were truly random and were experiencing our fully functional prototype for the first time. It was a risk not knowing exactly what these people were going to say or how they would react to our new product. But then again, we would never bring a product to people that we didn’t believe in 100%.
Our circuit boards and components have been ordered and the only thing left to do is to fund the investment in high volume manufacturing tools so we may move the TruGlide™ Apex into mass production.
Therefore, as soon as we have enough backers to cover our tooling costs (the $24,000 in our campaign goal) we will launch our tooling order, and within 3 to 4 weeks we will be producing our Apex stylus. This means, if we get enough backers really early in our campaign we could be ramping production right when our campaign ends in November!
In the meantime, our engineers are finalizing the manufacturing and processing steps that will be tightly controlled in our production line to ensure the quality of our product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Tip diameter is 2.4mm, so the surface area the Apex tip covers is actually 4.6mm^2, which is ~90% reduction compared to 8mm diameter stylus products on the market, which cover a surface area of ~50mm^2.
The Apex will work on the iPad 2/3/4 and the iPad Mini. Unfortunately it is not compatible with the touch screen circuitry on all capacitive devices as different manufacturers use different technologies.
We are not going into production in the USA at this time, as we have a highly trusted manufacturing partner that we have worked with for years on our other TruGlide products.
Yes, the Apex will work with the iPad mini.
We have tested the Apex with many screen protectors and found no apparent decrease in sensitivity. For the scope of this project, please note that due to the high volume of screen protectors on the market it is not feasible to run testing on the many products out on the market. As a general engineering note depending on thickness, screen protectors can affect sensitivity as it is possible for the screen protector to block electron flow and inhibit the device.
We rely on the in-app palm rejection features found in many note taking applications such as NotesPlus, NoteShelf, and many others.
The TruGlide Apex will work with all apps. There are no plug-ins or special apps needed.
Unfortunately no. The iPhone has a different array of capacitive touch panel driver and sense lines then the iPad, and currently our TruGlide Apex has been optimized for the iPad. We continue to work on developing a more universal tuning, and hope to make it possible in future generations of the Apex stylus.
The initial prototypes were getting about 8 hours of writing time and we found we can double or triple this in the production version by pulsing the "ON" indicator LED instead of leaving it constantly on. With this, the approximate time is 20 hours, which should last an average of two weeks.
The 2.4mm nibs will be available online at www.LYNKtec.com and pricing is TBD.
The Apex will ship with 3 nibs - one already installed and 2 back up nibs.
The Pro is a passive soft tipped stylus (no electronics) and it works with all touchscreens.
The Apex uses electronics to allow for a smaller tip design.
Here is a link to an independent review of the TruGlide Pro:http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php…
Once the campaign is over, we will send out a survey where backers can choose to have the Pro sent to them first since it is a product already released. However, because we will be shipping out to you more than once, there will be an additional shipping fee of 3.99.
Because the Apex has electronic circuitry the packaging are more expensive than that TruGlide Pro & Artist Brush Bundle. We have also added delivery confirmation to those who back the Apex to make sure they are able to track their new product.
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