Happy (belated) New Year!
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday and spent some time with family and friends :) I certainly did! And with everyone around my age group having babies, it makes... Read more
It's been awhile since the last update and I've received plenty of positive feedback from all of you!
One of the most popular requests has been to provide... Read more
As promised (but late), I've uploaded a Post-Mortem of my Aquarius project here:
Feel free to go through that and let me know your thoughts. I can... Read more
Status Update - June 30 & July 7 2018
Took a short break after shipping out all the rewards last week which explains the lack of an update. Alot going on these last 2 weeks, mainly fulfilling... Read more
Status Update - June 23 2018
By now, all commissioned backers will have received a tracking number. This means officially all backers have had their rewards shipped, YAY!
HOWEVER, there are still some pending ones which... Read more
Status Update - June 16 2018
I've sent out an additional 5 packages this week for the pre-orders and commissioned rewards (I know, lower than expected). The slowdown was due to a personal emergency involving my... Read more
Aquarius featured on a Spanish TV show!
This caught me by surprise!
Apparently one of the orders was for a Spanish TV program that features science experiments, gadgets, and other interesting demonstrations.
You can check out the... Read more
Status Update - June 9 2018
A very busy week, all April rewards have finally been shipped out (excluding the ones that haven't answered surveys and the ones that didn't addon a color but specified one... Read more
Status Update - June 2 2018
Only 10 of the April rewards left to ship out! I know the last few backers are eagerly waiting on their Aquarius and I humbly apologize for that :( The... Read more
Status Update - May 26 2018
Another round of tracking numbers sent out which brings the total number of units down to 20 now.
Some additional online orders have taken place this week so would just... Read more
Status Update - May 19 2018
A bit of an early update this week as this coming Monday is a Canadian holiday (Victoria Day) so I won't be around to post. I may still have access... Read more
Status Update - May 12 2018
More shipments this week! All the April Black Cherries, Ebony Blacks, Antique Whites, Weathered Grays, Rustic Sages, and Barn Reds have been shipped! If any April reward backers fall under... Read more
Status Update - May 5 2018
This past week we shipped out:
- All Antique Whites
- Nearly all Ebony Blacks (only 3 remains)
- 20% of the uncolored
- 1 replacement lamp (due to incorrect address from my mistake,... Read more
Status Update - April 28 2018
Another week, another round of shipments!
A total of 16 Ebony blacks have been shipped out with another 8 ready for Tuesday (the last 8 tracking numbers will be sent... Read more
Note for folks that have received their Aquarius
I've been tracking the shipments daily and it looks like some folks have or will very soon receive their Aquarius.
Just a note, while I've taken great care to ensure... Read more
Status Update - April 21 2018
For this past week, lots of time spent on QA testing, and drop-testing some of the final fountains. Also, some preliminary shipments have already been kicked off (in particular, ALL... Read more
Final confirmation of shipping address (for April rewards)
I will be starting shipments in small batches by the end of this week (!). Please confirm your address details by this Friday at the latest.
If you will be... Read more
Status Update - April 14 2018
As promised, here are some pictures of the user setup guide that was printed:
All the Black Cherry and Antique White staining pieces have been complete as well as roughly... Read more
Status Update - April 7 2018
A fresh pallet of flattened box packaging arrived this week. Here are some pictures of the pallet and fully assembled box.
Note that due to cost, the box does NOT... Read more
Status Update - April 1 2018
Bad news everyone, it looks like Aquarius will have to be delayed for about 18 months. There are a few reasons for the delays:
- We ended up outsourcing it at... Read more
Status Update - March 24 2018
Lots of work behind the scenes this week!
Due to the cold weather the last few days here, I've had to temporarily pause the glue-up work in the workshop garage... Read more
Status Update - March 17 2018
Customs documents arrived for the freight of boxes/packaging which means they're in Canada yay! Paid off the freight forwarding agent and it's currently on a train from Vancouver to Toronto.... Read more
Status Update - March 10 2018
This week, I've assembled, tested, and sealed all the water pumps into the tanks. You can see the additional bottom feeder piping I've added on to the water pump inlet... Read more
Status Update - March 3 2018
Grunt work still ongoing this week (and for the next few weeks) so nothing major to report. The last 48 wood sets will be cut by March 9 in which... Read more
Status Update - February 24 2018
Major update this week, but mainly for me:
Came into this world on February 22 2018, 8:28 AM. An easy date to remember! Coincidentally, my birthday is August 28 (8/28)... Read more
PCB's shipped out with tracking information
PCB's have been shipped out and I have sent private messages to each pledger with the corresponding USPS tracking information. If something looks wrong, please do not hesitate to reach... Read more
Status Update - February 17 2018
Major update to the Aquarius source codebase! Here's the changelog:
- Updated all patterns to be more robust
- Changed most of the constants into user setting variables to simplify setting changes... Read more
Status Update - February 10 2018
A bit of an earlier update this week since I did promise to take additional photos/videos of all 4 standard wood finish colors in action but got delayed.
It was... Read more
Status Update - February 3 2018
Spent majority of the time this week working on the box design. Had to teach myself Adobe Illustrator (I'm not a graphics artist unfortunately) but I think it turned out... Read more
Quick update on Design Files reward!
For all backers that pledged for the Design Files and/or Design Files/PCB, I've sent out Github invites for both of our private repositories. One repository is for the Design Files,... Read more
Status Update - January 27 2018
New color photos now available!
Apologies again for the delay in the update as I had to wait until the stain was fully dry. There is no finishing applied here... Read more
Status Update - January 20 2018
Our water pumps arrived this week:
There was 1 small issue with the casing of the pump. It seems the manufacturer changed the position of the outlet of the pump... Read more
Status Update - January 13 2018
The first 24 PCB's have been built and tested:
The injection molded funnels are set to arrive by sometime next week. And the water pumps are also set to arrive... Read more
Status Update - January 6 2018
Hope everyone had a Happy New Years! It's been freezing the last week or so here in the East Coast (-20 deg C) but a little wind chill isn't gonna... Read more
Status Update - December 30 2017
Many more parts have arrived. Here are the first injection molded parts (the water tank):
Here are the custom cut LED strips (144 LED/metre density at 30 LEDs... Read more
Status Update - December 23 2017
Some small updates on parts arrival, I received all the dial caps and logic level MOSFETs (used to switch the electromagnet and water pump):
Still waiting on the electromagnets,... Read more
Status Update - December 16 2017
For this week, still alot of waiting around for parts to arrive (LED strips, DC electromagnets, water pump, and some misc small parts). Some of the parts that did come... Read more
Status Update - December 9 2017
I'll be posting weekly status updates (barring any holidays of course) from here on detailing the work that's been done and any potential delays/issues that arise. This has been a... Read more
And that's a wrap! But not really :)
We made it! And that was only possible because of all of your support and feedback! I'm excited to start working on this in the upcoming months. I'll be sharing... Read more
Campaign drawing to a close, updates!
We've hit over 200% of our goal! Yay! But we still a few days left so the show isn't over yet!
On to business, I've officially begun ordering parts for... Read more
Details on commissioned rewards
Been getting some questions regarding the commissioned rewards so I'll try to provide some more information on the possibilities that are available with the design patterns.
In general, these patterns... Read more
Updates on color options, WiFi, and button preferences
Regarding the WiFi support, I received ALOT of great feedback from both sides. While I understand that the majority of Kickstarters deliver late (or sometimes not at all!),... Read more
WiFi Support... Maybe (?)
Due to popular demand, I'm currently looking into a means of using an ESP8266 module (or clone) so that users can connect to Aquarius as a WiFi access point and... Read more
Funded but it ain't over yet!
I was just in the middle of working on a new pattern called "Vaporwave Aesthetic" (a throwback to 80s/90s subculture) when I heard a little "ding" on my phone just... Read more
New Reward Tier + Code Updates + Wood Finishing Reminder
A few things to update here!
First things first, I noticed quite a few folks have pledged without the wood finishing option and some have asked how to do that. ... Read more
Been receiving alot of messages/questions and I've been happily answering them all 1-by-1! To hopefully answer any questions from future backers, I've massively updated the FAQ to address... Read more
Just a quick update regarding the rewards. Some of you have expressed questions about the wood dyeing and finishing reward tier. It seems that the platform does not... Read more
I'm happy to announce that we have officially launched our campaign today! Fingers crossed over the next 30 days!
I'll be happy to answer any questions anyone has!... Read more