Baby steps, my dear Watson. Baby steps
My dear backers, friends, and miscellaneous superheroes of a calibre hitherto unseen,
It's been a shameful five weeks since our last update, but we haven't been sitting on our thumbs (or twiddling them) in the mean time. The LCD monitors we've been waiting for for such an ungodly amount of time are supposedly en-route to our manufacturing facility, which is beautiful news, because it was the final piece of the puzzle.
It's like this Triggertrap is in a tiny little coffin. Poor little Triggertrap. Luckily, it can be revived with a set of AA batteries. Hurrah for modern medicine!
There are still only 4 Triggertraps in existence, of course, but the great news is that one of them is built entirely by our manufacturers, Seeed Studios - who have also been involved with quite a few other Kickstarter projects along the way. This is very good news, because if our manufacturer is able to build Triggertraps, they can start the production lines :)
We have one tiny little problem left that needs to be fixed:
Can you spot the problem? Yup, the LCDs are way too dark - but if you look carefully, it IS possible to read what it says. (Touch MODE). This means two things: 1) The Triggertrap is working and 2) all we have to do is to fix the contrast on the LCD display, and we're ready to go.
Just testing the laser trigger - for more, see the Flickr group we set up for Triggertrap.
The next few steps are that the manufacturers are going to send a fully assembled Triggertrap to our electronics wizards over at Nomi, who are going to check that everything is working and has been assembled to the standards we need.
Once that's done, we're going to 'press the button', as they say, and get the machinery started. Manufacturing shouldn't take more than three weeks, which means that Triggertraps should be ready to ship in April, as we have been hoping since January.
If it turns out we will be able to ship the Triggertraps as they are ready, we'll try to ensure they are shipped out in the order they were pre-ordered; so the early Kickstarter backers first, and everybody else in sequence.
From pile of components to Triggertrap Shield in two-and-a-half-score easy steps.
The shields are pretty much ready to go as well, and since they are self-assembly kits, there's no 'manufacturing' (other than the PCBs) and no 'assembly' (other than taking all the parts and putting them in a box for shipping), so we're hoping they'll also be ready to ship around the same time as the Triggertraps themselves.
If you want to refresh your memory about the shields, check out our rather spiffing Assembling your Triggertrap Shield page, which talks about all the parts, and has an in-depth step-by-step guide for how to assemble your triggertrap shield. If you want a shield in addition to your Triggertrap, hurry and order yours in the Triggertrap Shop, (Remind us you're a Kickstarter backer, though!) and we'll try to get them both shipped together - spiffing, because you wouldn't have to pay an extra set of shipping! Hurrah!
Address updates and orders
Testing the Timelapse feature in Patagonia, Chile.
We appreciate that a lot of you have moved house, or perhaps swapped cameras since you filled in our Backer Survey. Before we ship, we'll send out an e-mail confirming the address we have on file for you, along with any cables you've ordered. Take a close look and let us know if there's a mistake there - we'll update it for you.
If you have any questions in the mean time, you can e-mail our awesome pre-sales support team (okay, it's just Haje, but it's on a different e-mail address, so it's easier to keep track) on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The software for the Triggertrap v1 and Triggertrap Shield will be released on the Triggertrap Github account as soon as we start shipping; we'll post another update when that happens!
The Future of Triggertrap
Crikey, have we come a long way...
I can't believe it's nearly a year (we started making the Kickstarter pitch video in May 2011). Creating this baby has been pretty intense, there's no doubt about that - but we haven't been sitting still either. We've been dreaming up ways of making the Triggertrap even better - and to do so, we want your suggestions, comments, and encouragement. To make that happen, we've set up an account on Get Satisfaction, where we're hoping to spark some discussion and some great ideas for things we can add to the Triggertrap in the future, whether that is through software updates (boy, am I glad we included an USB port...), hardware modifications, or perhaps even a whole new version of the Triggertrap.
After the Triggertraps start shipping, there probably won't be any more updates from us via Kickstarter. Instead, we've created a mailing list for those of you who want to keep abreast (heh, I said breast) of any future developments of the Triggertrap. Sign up if you want to stay in the loop!
Stay awesome, thanks for your continued patience, and put the champagne on ice; the wait is nearly over!
~ Team Triggertrap