FCC done! / Shipping to North America / Chinese New Year
First, we do apologize for the delay. The Omate TrueSmart is a complex product, it's not just a Bluetooth or WiFi gadget, it's also in many ways more difficult to mass produced than any smartphones due to its form factor and assembly process. Most of the backers have been ugraded to 1GB+8GB which were supposed to be available by the end of December so there is no any pending October Edition as far as we have shipped all of the 512MB+4GB October Edition. The other ones have been upgraded to 1GB+8GB.
As for our process, we assemble according to model version (memory / frequency), then pack on pallets, then ship to HK where we have to repack them according to each pledge (some of you have T-Shirts, some have pledged a second cradle, etc...) therefore please kindly note that there are several weeks between shipment start and final delivery to the last backer of each batch.
As informed during the last update, we submitted our report to a TCB authorized by the FCC Bureau. We finally got registered today and here is the link where you can see the FCC status: our grantee code is 2ABF5: https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/reports/GenericSearchResult.cfm?RequestTimeout=500
Good news / Bad news:
1) We have assembled 1,500 units 1GB+8GB 1900MHz US version, most of them are packed based on your pledge and will be ready to ship this weekend from Hong Kong to North America so shipment will not be affected by the Chinese New Year holidays. Once again, there are several weeks between shipment start and final delivery to the last backer of each batch.
2) On Monday, we have stopped the assembly preparation of the 1GB+8GB 2100MHz EU version because it did not pass our quality control. We will get new PCBA after Chinese New Year. We are very upset about it but this is the life of a project and we are responsible for the TrueSmart quality so we do hope you will accept waiting a few more weeks to get a qualified TrueSmart in February.
IMPORTANT: Please note that whatever the delays and the challenges we are facing, You - backers will be the very first in the World to have your hands on the 1GB+8GB TrueSmart Extreme Edition.
From what we saw at CES, the TrueSmart is still by far the most advanced and the most high-end smartwatch to date. That’s also the feedback we got from our industrial partners.
We are also amazed by the passion generated by the TrueSmart; that means we are designing the right product. We are a humble small startup, we do not have the 9 figures marketing budget of some our competitors.
Here is an article about Laurent’s vision about the wearable industry and the smartwatches from World’s Top 5 Telco - Telefonica: The place where M2M experts connect with you: https://m2m.telefonica.com/m2m-media/m2m-blog/item/627-smartwatches-being-a-real-m2m-device
As you may know we are entering the Chinese New Holidays period, it will be the Year of the Horse which is related to speed and higher level (jump) ;-) That also means our factory will be closed from Jan 26 to Feb 9 so shipment will only start back from the second week of February.
Due to this delay, we are postponing the next round of #TrueSmartHackaton to give more time to the developers to attend the contest:
#TrueSmartHackaton Number 2:
- Feb 21
- Feb 28
- March 7
- March 14
- March 21
Each winner will be rewarded with a special Hacker Edition of the TrueSmart which will be shipped end of February. These Limited Edition models will be marked from #1 to #10 with a customized laser printed battery cover + each winner will be granted VID early bird samples (Very Important Developer) of any new product development of Omate in 2014. We look forward to developing the TrueSmart Ecosystem with the Omate Developer community! Thanks for your support,
Omate TrueSmart Team
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