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Update #25

March Update

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Hello all,

We’re continuing to ship iPhone 4/s models at a slower pace than we would like, however, we have shipped approximately 66% of iPhone 4/4s Kickstarter rewards, virtually all in Pitch Black. As we have mentioned before, our manufacturer had a problem when they tinted the plastic with the red or white color. We do expect red and white within the next week or two.

We recognize that due the long delay in getting the iPhone 4/4s Spike into production that many of you took advantage of our offer to switch to the iPhone 5/5s Spike. As you may know from the photos we have posted in the past, this is an entirely new product, and both the case and the keyboard and have required completely new injection molding tooling. Fortunately, we learned from our mistakes: we greatly improved the overall design from an engineering and manufacturing perspective and moved the case molding and assembly to a high quality company in Shenzhen, China. The result is that preparations for full production are almost complete. Tooling has been completed and raw materials for production and assembly are being acquired and consolidated at our factories in both Shenzhen and Penang.

We are flying overseas the 14th of April to help ensure a smooth start for the iPhone 5/5s Spike production. As production will be ramping up exponentially that week we will be poised to tackle any hiccups in the production line as they happen. To date we’ve had very positive experiences with our new manufacturer in Shenzhen (just outside of Hong Kong) during the development and prototype phase and are anxious to witness the actual production.

Any backers at the iPhone 4/4s levels who wish to switch to the iPhone 5/5s models are more than welcome to do so – just send us a message on Kickstarter and we’ll sort it out before shipping your Spike. We’ll send out an email before prepping your shipment to confirm and give an opportunity for any last minute changes.


Next update we'll post photos of the iPhone 5/5s Spike manufacturing and assembly processes from our time with the three factories that produce the various components of our keyboards and cases.

Best,
The Spike Team


Update #24

CES & more!

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Hello all,

Happy 2014! We had quite a start to the year with a surprise trip to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We hadn’t planned to exhibit at the show, but our new manufacturer invited us into their booth where we were able to demo Spike to the public. We received 100 sets of pre-production iPhone 5/s Spikes the day before the show so we spent the first week showing them off and these last couple weeks with loupes and calipers going over measurements. We’re sending in an updated drawing package overseas today that should cover all the final tooling improvements.

CES was a good way to do some on the fly beta testing of our hot off the presses iPhone 5 models. Based on feedback, we’re tightening up some of the dimensions around the hinge and significantly reducing the key actuation force to facilitate faster typing. Chinese New Year is coming up soon (1/25 - 2/8) so we’ve been pedal to the metal to get any necessary tooling mods started before the lengthy shutdown of both China and Malaysia.

iPhone 4/4s models are currently undergoing tooling & material modifications to combat issues that continue to impede production, including the micro-cracking around the hinge (particularly on the White & Red models due to differences in material characteristics) where we’ve seen breakage occur. We've had to do a lot of incoming quality control on this end to ensure the cracked units we've received get filtered out and returned to Malaysia. They're not visible to the naked eye, so we're currently checking every Spike that comes through our door with a microscope. We just recieved word yesterday that the modifications are complete in Malaysia and they have passed at a rate of 100% off the line (they've also moved to using microscopes to QC check at the factory). By the end of next week they're sending us a shipment of 200 units in Pitch Black – Red & White are going to undergo a bit more testing to make sure the pigments used in the plastic aren't causing any more issues. As a result, black Spikes will be fulfilled quicker than the other colors – if you would like to switch over to a black unit it's likely you will get your Spike before the white & red units. Please send us a message if you would like to change your color to black in the interest of time.

Overall, we continue to be impressed with the quality of our iPhone 5/5s models and plan to have those in production a couple weeks after CNY ends, and fulfilling rewards shortly thereafter. Any backers at the iPhone 4/4s levels who wish to switch to the iPhone 5/5s models are more than welcome to do so – just send us a message on Kickstarter and we’ll sort it out before shipping your Spike. We’ll send out an email before prepping your shipment to confirm and give an opportunity for any last minute changes.

Attached are a few pics for your viewing pleasure!

Spike Display Case at CES
Spike Display Case at CES
InfraRed Spike (iPhone 5)
InfraRed Spike (iPhone 5)
Pitch Black Spike for the iPhone 5/s
Pitch Black Spike for the iPhone 5/s

Update #23

December: iPhone 4/s Shipping + iPhone 5/s Samples

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Greetings Backers!

iPhone 4/4s News 

Another shipment of all different colors of Spike for the iPhone 4/4s have reached us today, and we’ll do our incoming quality control check before processing and fulfilling more rewards next week. Meanwhile in Malaysia we’re in the transition of changing our current plastic to a more robust and forgiving plastic to nip the current issues with small cracks in the bud. We have developed various solutions in the assembly process that also fix these problems but they require much more time due to added processes and so we can’t yet bring our production rate up to where it ought to be. However, with a more durable plastic blend we think we can return to pumping Spikes out full force before long. In the mean time, we’ll be shipping more units as we receive them, but not before making sure they are all structurally sound.

New shipment of iPhone 4/4s Spikes
New shipment of iPhone 4/4s Spikes

iPhone 5/5s News 

We received our first samples of our new iPhone 5/5s Spike cases and here are our first thoughts: they are awesome! We’re more than impressed with the quality of these parts and with the engineering abilities of our new manufacturer. We’ve been inspecting every detail of every part down to the 1/1000th of an inch and have found very few dimensions out of tolerance. Work has already begin on the tools to correct the ones that are before the final polishing and texturing is applied. We received several combinations of different polycarbonate and TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) materials and think we’ve selected a perfect fusion of an extremely tough hard outer shell with an ultra-cushioning soft inner liner that will protect your iPhone from whatever you throw at it – or whatever you throw it at! In addition, the keyboard effortlessly snaps on and off the molded in hinge axle pin not only protecting it from breakage but also allowing for easy ‘hardware updates’ and multilingual support in the near future. By the end of the month we’ll be receiving 100 sets of Spike in four different colors, Ice White, Pitch Black, InfraRed, and another that we’ll be keeping under wraps for now. We’ve attached a couple pictures below of the new Spikes:

Spike for the iPhone 5
Spike for the iPhone 5
Comparison of a photograph from yesterday and a rendering we sent in an update months ago
Comparison of a photograph from yesterday and a rendering we sent in an update months ago
Black and white samples; full-screen and typing modes
Black and white samples; full-screen and typing modes
View from the top
View from the top
Spike on an iPhone 5s - unobstructed access to the fingerprint scanner!
Spike on an iPhone 5s - unobstructed access to the fingerprint scanner!

Some technical specifications of the new Spike:

  • Weight: 1.7 oz (48 g)
  • Height: 5.04" (128 mm)
  • Width: 2.52" (64 mm)
  • Thickness: 0.47" (12 mm) @ top; 0.57" (14.5 mm) @ keyboard

We'll have more news later this month regarding both iPhone 4/4s and 5/5s models of Spike, so stay tuned!

Best regards and Happy Holidays,

The Spike Team


Update #22

iPhone 5/5s Progess

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Hello all,

Firstly, we would like to wish all of our American backers a Happy Thanksgiving! We just received the first photos of completed sample iPhone 5/5s Spike case parts from overseas and thought we would share them with you. Sometime next week a FedEx package with sample parts will be headed our way for inspection.

Note: The colors of the cases below are not colors for final production - the plastic materials used are just for testing and pre-production purposes.

Hard Polycarbonate shell in clear to easily view details
Hard Polycarbonate shell in clear to easily view details
Inside view - black PC (hard shell) and natural/white TPE (soft liner)
Inside view - black PC (hard shell) and natural/white TPE (soft liner)
Back view - black PC & natural/white TPE
Back view - black PC & natural/white TPE

These are essentially complete cases - no further manufacturing processes are required (for example, no sonic welding problems that plagued us with our previous design). 

What happens next with the iPhone 5/s case manufacturing: 

  • Sample approval (dimensions, fit checks)
  • Final material selection (stress tests)
  • Adjusting injection pressure and temperature to ensure there are no aesthetic issues (e.g. flashing and sink marks)
  • Mold texturing (surface finish of the plastic)

Before January we will receive our Pitch Black, Ice White, and InfraRed color samples as well as a fourth color which we will be introducing soon. Upon approval we will be poised to enter full mass production in January.

When we receive our first samples in the mail we'll take some more pictures and send them your way!

Best,

The Spike Team


Update #21 - For backers only

November Update

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    The Collection – Now two of you get to type on your iPhone easier, more accurately, and much faster then ever before! Only through the power of the Kickstarter community can this duet of one Spike¹ and one Spike² be yours at this special price. Of course, its your choice which one of you gets what! You can choose either Pitch Black or Ice White, mix or match. Free shipping to USA. (Add $10 for shipping to Canada, $20 for international shipping).

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    Our Limited Edition Spike³. An all-aluminum, antenna-neutral case with a keyboard that disappears when not needed. CNC-machined from aerospace grade aluminum and anodized in at least two great colors, Neutron Gray and KickStarter Green. To make it truly personal to you or someone special, we’ll custom engrave up to 30 letters on the back of the case. Further, to show how much we appreciate you for supporting our project at this pledge level, we'll include a Spike¹ as part of the deal. Free shipping to USA. (Add $15 for shipping to Canada, $30 for international shipping).

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    Cluster Pack is an ideal way to own seven (7) Spike¹s. This works for you and a group of friends that simply want a really good deal. Or maybe for your office or business, where your associates will increase their ability to type more than a few words mistake-free on their iPhones. In either Pitch Black or Ice White, or mix and match. Free shipping to USA. (Add $15 for shipping to Canada, $25 for international shipping.)

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    The Super Cluster Pack is also a great affordable way to purchase five (5) premium Spike²s. This pack is really good for a group of friends, family, and/or associates. You know, the kind of people that want to be seen with a really stylish, must-have, killer, iPhone accessory. You know the drill, Pitch Black or Ice White. Free shipping to USA. (Add $15 for shipping to Canada, $25 for international shipping).

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    Reseller Pack has 10 Spike¹s and 10 Spike²s. This package lets a thinking entrepreneur or retailer be the first on their block to sell one of the most requested phone accessories – a real keyboard for the iPhone. Once you sell these, you’ll be back for more and because you supported us when we needed it, we’ll return the favor, by always making sure we treat your future orders with the preference you deserve. Now, Pitch Black or Ice White or mix and match, but we will have more colors in the future for you to choose.

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    The Distributor Pack contains 50 Spike¹s and 50 Spike²s. Okay, now you are beginning to get serious and you recognize that with over 250 million iPhones out there and over 100 million to be sold in 2012 that a whole lot of people will jump at the chance to be able to finally type more than a few words error-free on their iPhone. It also goes without saying that you see the economic value of your pledge both for you and for us. Pitch Black and Ice White, or mix and match, and more colors to come.

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