Mini shipping update
We’re nearly on track with the late January shipping date I stated in the last update. I was planning the next update for when we started shipping, but since we’ve gotten requests for a status update (understandably), here’s what’s going on.
We’ll freeze the address list next week, so if you’ve moved recently, update your address now by clicking “Manage your pledge” at the top of our product page. If you’re one of the 34 backers who haven’t yet answered the survey, please log into your Kickstarter account and you should see a banner with a link to your unanswered survey where you can give us your mailing address.
We got a carton of Range Dials airshipped over the holidays for internal testing, and because we were eager to see how everything looks and feels. Answer: great.
The whole shipment of Range Dials is in Los Angeles being moved from boat to truck today, and the ETA in Austin is 2/6. After checking each unit, we’ll be mailing out Kickstarter rewards. We have about 1000 to process, so we’ll do our best to churn through them.
While we’ve been waiting for the goods to arrive, we’ve been tuning code to give you a good out-of-the-box experience. (Um, except for literally taking the Range Dial out of the box — the fit is a bit tight, so instead of pulling it straight out, try pulling it out sideways.)
A big under-the-hood update to make the Range app work with Range Dial is being submitted today, but if you have an existing Range, you can try it out and let us know if you find any bugs (from the Customer Support link in the app). I’m the guy coding the app, so in juggling that with final manufacturing, I haven’t gotten in all the app features I wanted yet. But once everything’s out the door, I’ll have more time to expand Range Dial’s capabilities through the app.
AI robot pets
If you’re a bit of a nerd, or want to encourage your kid to be one, you might be interested in bots_alive, a Kickstarter by my friend Brad. He worked on character artificial intelligence at MIT, and now he’s here in Austin turning that work into a STEM product that lets you experiment with giving toy robots a brain and lifelike behavior. Back it and get on the bots’ good side before the inevitable AI uprising.