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First off, I need to sincerely apologize for the lack of communication on our part about the status of this reward.
We have no excuse for how long this has taken but I do have some exciting news. Originally, we wanted to have a simple PDF tutorial outlining how we at Rhino go about product design. It's taken us a while to figure out what we actually want this to look like, but I think you all will be stoked with the outcome.
Instead of a short PDF, we will be releasing a 50+ page E-Book for you to download. The delay isn't ideal in getting this out but it has allowed us to include detailed info and lessons we've learned while developing the Battery Holster and the Rhino Rig.
We keep learning so much in the process of developing gear that we'll be releasing a second part of this E-book that goes into different aspects of developing and selling products including; order fulfillment, inventory management, importing from foreign countries, and patenting. As an original backer of this we'll send you that E-book for free when it comes out.
We want to make up for taking so long with by offering you the following:
- The original pledge with the E-book and the video
- Access to new content for free when it comes out
- A 15% off coupon to use at our store
Where we're at with the reward:
We're committed to not launching our Rhino Rig on Kickstarter until we send you your reward. It was a mistake to launch the Battery Holsters before we had delivered on this. We put too much of our time into developing new gear and fulfilling the sliders when we should have given this higher priority.
We have all of the content written and are laying it out with all of the pictures. Most of the video is shot and we'll start editing it next week.
We are shooting to launch the Rig at the end of the month so you will get the PDF and video before the Rhino Rig launches.
Thanks for sticking with us as we continue to grow.
Kyle & Rhino Team
We hope you're loving your sliders. We wanted to give you an update on some of the future accessories that we hinted about in our original project and give you some insider info on what we're up to next.
We've been working on the motion control feature for a while now and electronics engineering is definitely a challenging and expensive endeavor. But, we are committed to motorizing the Rhino Slider and making it the best motorized slider on the market. We'll be using Bluetooth to connect the slider to your iOS or Android device to remotely control it. The apps won't launch with the control unit but they'll be coming shortly after.
Here's our dilemma, we're still looking to contract another electronics engineer to speed up our development pace. We've interviewed a few in the Seattle area and haven't landed the perfect person yet. If you know anyone who has experience in stepper and servo motor control along with PCB programming, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALSO, We finally engineered a way to make our infinite rails work! The huge issue was the seams between where the rails connect. We just contracted a super-high performance machine shop that can hold the tolerances to make this happen. These will be launching in the next few months. They'll be sold in 4' pairs with a bridge (they need to be supported every 4'. The 4' rails will collapse into 2, 2' rails so you can travel with the system.
With all that said, here's our timeline for our future product releases including Rhino Slider Motion.
Battery Holsters will end in early May. We hope to deliver those (if it gets funded) by mid-June and launch our next project, Rhino Rig, right after. If you don't have a good rig yet, definitely wait for the Rhino Rig. We'll start teasing it soon when we get our prototypes finished. As soon as we deliver on the Rhino Rig (should be August/September-ish) we will release Rhino Slider Motion on Kickstarter (as long as development is completed). We feel that Kickstarter would be a great platform to release it and give our original backers first access at a reduced cost.
Anyway, I hope that answers a lot of your questions and fills you in on what Rhino is up to. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please let us know! Thanks!
Kyle & Rhino Team
Hey Backers! I'm stoked to say that we've officially boxed up all of the sliders and shipped most as of earlier this week.
There's about 40 that are international orders that USPS can't ship to. If you haven't received a notice yet it's because it's "over-length" for your country. We'll be shipping those orders using DHL which will cost about 3x as much as USPS but that's our only option. You won't be charged for the extra cost.
We're still getting setup to ship with DHL so we'll be getting those orders out early next week.
Also, we have about 14 backers that we don't have addresses for so we'll be emailing out to get those so we can ship your order.
Just as a reminder, if you have any questions about your order or slider when it's delivered you'll get the fastest response if you email email@example.com.
Kyle & Rhino Team