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Want to power your smart phone, iPad, or Arduino project with green solar energy? This kit includes everything you need!
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Ryo Chijiiwa

251 backers pledged $31,941 to help bring this project to life.

Pre-holiday Update

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 may have been a small number of kits sent out where the fit wasn't quite as good as I'd like due to extreme variances in the thickness of bamboo we used, but we now know to look out for that and change the dimensions of parts accordingly. We're still constrained by laser time, but we've added one more member to our team, and he'll be checked out on the laser next week, so hopefully that'll increase our throughput. My mom is also in town from Japan for the holidays, and she's been pressed into service too (that's her in the photo below). 

So, all in all, we're making steady progress. Here are the numbers of kits shipped, broken down by reward level:

  • $70 rewards: 3 of 5 shipped
  • $80 rewards: 12 of 14 shipped
  • $90 rewards: 69 of 74 shipped
  • $115 rewards: 8 of 58 shipped
  • $140 rewards: 61 of 74 shipped

The Limited Edition engravings are also complete, so those will ship out very soon to the $250 and $500 backers. (Actually, I'll do another post just on what I ended up doing with the Limited Edition, because I think it's pretty cool...)

So, that's basically it for now. We have 6 hours of laser time scheduled for tomorrow, and I have another 4 hours reserved for Saturday. I'm going to take Sunday and Monday off, but will be back at it on Tuesday. I think we're on track to get most of the kits shipped by the end of the month/year.

Ok, I should go to bed now... I need to get up in 6 hours to make it to my 9am laser reservation... Yikes! 

Hope y'all have a happy holidays!

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    1. Creator Ryo Chijiiwa on December 26, 2011

      Terry - I expect to have all reward kits shipped out by mid-January, if not sooner.

    2. Creator Terry Smith on December 26, 2011

      will I get my unit before Feb? I will be leaving on an extended trip and would like to know if it will be shipped before 27 Feb 2012

    3. Creator Terry Smith on December 23, 2011

      I do look forward to the kit . I am building a ham radio kit now . I am eager to see the solar panel as it might work for my low power ham radio battery... happy holidays Terry kj4ezx