Minor issue with DC bezels
As a couple of you have reported, some kits that shipped more recently included DC port bezels with port openings that were too small. This made it difficult for the... Read more
New(ish) Year Update!
Happy New(ish) Year! It's been a while since I've posted an update, so I thought I'd take a minute to tell you that, well, there's not much to report. As... Read more
It's been a while since my last update, so I thought I'd post a quick update. The replacement bamboo showed up on Monday, so we're well stocked for now. There... Read more
While the plan/hope was to ramp up production so that we could get most of the kits out in time for Christmas, unfortunately, things haven't been quite so simple...
We... Read more
Last week, we shipped 43 Beta kits, and I want to thank all of you who volunteered to be Beta Testers, because it was an invaluable experience for us. We... Read more
Phew. This is the last task for me today, after another 14 hour work day that started with some packing in San Francisco, then a jaunt across the bay to... Read more
I managed to bring the first shipment of kits to the local FedEx office at 5:57, just in time to make the 6pm cut-off. Except, for some reason, pick-up had... Read more
Almost ready to ship!
I'm happy to announce that all major components have now been delivered, and it looks like I'll be able to start shipping this week! The packaging design is almost complete,... Read more
Circuits Done! Not shipping yet :-(
The past week has been a pretty rough one for me, not so much because I was busy, but actually because things were oddly quiet. There were relatively few time-sensitive... Read more
I've got bad news, and some less bad news.
The bad news is that the ship date has now officially slipped. Shipments of solar panels and batteries got held in... Read more
With the electronics in final production, I finally found time to spend some time at the laser cutter. I tried cutting the new backing board design using TechShop's 45 Watt laser... Read more
USB Charger Circuit Complete!
It's been a long road, but one of the two circuit boards in the kit passed the final test and is ready for mass production! I just picked up 10... Read more
I think it's time for another update. But first, some personal news (no, I'm not pregnant, yes, this "news" is relevant).
The personal news is that I've gotten 2-3 weeks... Read more
What a day. A lot got done today... I don't know where to start!
Thing 1: Solar panels have been ordered from the manufacturer! It should take about 15 days... Read more
It's gonna happen!
Thanks to all of you, the project is now officially fully funded! In 30 days, we raised nearly $32,000 or 425% of the my target goal. I thought I was... Read more
How fragile are the solar panels?
People kept asking how fragile/durable the solar panels were. So I made a video so you can see for yourself! (I apologize for the poor audio... this was taken with... Read more
Pricing for the Backing Board
Since many of you asked, here's a quick update on pricing for the Solar Panel Backing Board introduced in the previous update.
In the final retail version of the kit, the... Read more
Solar Panel Backing Board Prototype
Here are some pictures of the solar panel backing board that I've mentioned in the past. I just got the laser cut pieces back today, though it definitely needs a... Read more
Solar Panel Update
I just got a few pictures from my solar panel manufacturer, of the latest iteration. I asked to have holes drilled in the corners, which should make the panels easier... Read more
Here's to the crazy ones
A Palo Alto company once bootstrapped a hardware business by hand-soldering circuit boards and selling their first product as a kit that came with a wooden enclosure.
No, we're not... Read more
In search of bamboo
One of the many things I need to do before production is to find a source for bamboo ply boards. For the prototype, I used Ponoko, which is a one-stop service... Read more
I just wired $2618.10 to the battery manufacturer for the first order of 200 batteries. That's not even enough to cover all the rewards I'll need to ship out, but... Read more
$90 and $140 rewards available again!
Sorry for the lack of interesting updates, but I decided to make more rewards at the $90 and $140 level available again. I decided to expand the first production run... Read more
First Batch All Gone! New level added!
Wow, just 10 days in, and we've reached 200% of the goal! As I explained in my previous post, I decided to limit the number of kits in the first... Read more
Reward Quantities Limited (for now)
The $90 and $140 levels were initially unlimited in quantity, but I've since added limits of 60 and 40 respectively. As of the time of writing, there are 16 standard... Read more
The battery manufacturer sent me the final specs for the Lithium Polymer batteries the kit will ship with. The samples I got from them in the past had (at first)... Read more
So, I finally finished editing the video. But I think it's kinda long and boring, so I'll just post it as an update for now. I might try and make... Read more
3 days 15 hours and 5 minutes.
That's how long it took us to reach the goal of $7500. I'm particularly surprised (pleasantly, of course) that the vast majority of pledges... Read more
Reward for $500-level beefed up!
I just modified the reward for the $500-level to include an extra Deluxe Edition Kit, in addition to the Limited Edition and prototype unit that was included before. Additionally, the... Read more
As many of you may know, I'm showing the power pack at Maker Faire NY this weekend. I was planning on waiting until I had a video to start this... Read more