All the details... New antenna, accessory, and some demo videos
Hi dear backers,
We understand that you've been requesting for details about the new antenna design and how Qmote looks after the mechanical adjustments. The final samples just arrived and here comes this update about:
- 1) New antenna design and ESD testing
- 2) Signal improvement: compare the original antenna with the revised one
- 3) Introducing the free accessory
- 4) Demo videos of both the original and revised Qmote
- 5) Video of a mock IPX7 test
- 6) Schedule update
New antenna design and ESD testing
The newly added rhombohedron contains Qmote's revised antenna system. Much to everyone's relief, Qmote itself looks basically the same. Instead of making the rhombohedron a fixed structure, we made it more like an accessory, allowing Qmote to "swing" left and right as before.
With this little rhombohedron, the antenna's signal won't be jammed by the metal cases of Qmote. We also ran an ESD test again to ensure the new design can get FCC/CE certified. (Click to see our previous ESD test if you wonder what it is.)
Some have asked how "bad" the original design is...Actually, it wasn't "bad." All the use cases shown in Qmote's campaign video is accomplishable for the original design. However, we want to improve the antenna design, so users can enjoy even better experiences with Qmote once receiving it. We decided that the improvement is worth to do, and we are very sorry that this change causes the delay.
We measured the longest distances for Bluetooth connection between phones and Qmotes. And here are the signal test results.
- Qmote with the original antenna: 25 feet (7.5 meters)
- Qmote with the new antenna: 50-165 feet (15-50 meters)
*We use iPhone 5S and 5C for the test, and the results differ. iPhone 5C offers the longest signal distance due to its plastic exterior.
Introducing the free accessory
The keychain shown in the picture above is the free accessory that will come with each Qmote. It's easy to attach or remove, so you may simply use this keychain or replace it with your own accessories.
Demo videos of both the original and revised Qmote
Some has questioned if we do have a working sample of the original design. Therefore, we decided to do demo videos of both the original and the revised Qmote. They function the same when the phone is close to them.
Using the original Qmote to perform "Music Control" (Play/Pause/Next track)
Using the revised Qmote to perform "Turn on flashlight" and "Make a call"
As you can see in the videos, both versions of Qmote work absolutely fine! You may also let us know what you want us to demo and we can make a video of it :)
*The app shown in the video is a developing version. The GA version that will go on App Store and Google Play can look different.
Video of a mock IPX7 test
Qmote has been officially certified to be IPX7 water-resistant. (See our report here.) We made this simple video just to show you it's true!
A product rated IPX7 should “withstand incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes,” but most suitable scenarios are indoor/outdoor use in the presence of rain, snow or brief splashes of water.
Some are wondering why there are new events coming up in the revised schedule but not in the old one. In fact, these events always exist. They aren't shown in the old schedule because the old one doesn't include this long span.
We are expecting to start shipping in August. Three months later than the estimated shipping time, late May. Early backers' packages that were estimated to be shipped in late April will still be the first batch.
We know our backers have been waiting for this detailed update, and we are truly sorry it took quite a while for us to get everything back on track again after the design change.
Again, we appreciate your understanding. We will work hard and keep you well updated as promised. More production updates are coming soon.
THANK YOU :)